Sea kayaking tours are a splendid way to enjoy New Zealand's pristine coastline, amazing sounds and rugged fiords. Because we cater for both beginners and advanced paddlers you won't need any previous sea kayaking experience, just a partner to paddle with in a modern double sea kayak.
Sea Kayaking Tour Options
Marlborough Sounds: Sea Kayaking on Queen Charlotte Sound
You can spend several days paddling on Queen Charlotte Sound near Picton as part of our 'Rimu' 14-day South Island adventure (see pictures and read more about the Queen Charlotte Sound sea kayaking option). This optional sea kayaking tour is a highlight for many of the trip for many people who love the stunning scenery and the remote waterfront lodges.
Sea Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon
Paddle out to the White Heron colony on Okarito Lagoon as part of our 14-day Ultimate South Island Adventure 'Rimu' trip. Sea Kayaking is by far the best way to enjoy the wildlife and grandeur of the lagoon. This is one of New Zealand's premiere eco-experiences for wildlife and natural wetlands; here you can enjoy nature on your own terms. We have kayaks and canoes to suit the special conditions on Okarito Lagoon.
Video: A snapshot of sea kayaking the Okarito Lagoon, on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island
Sea Kayaking tours on Milford Sound
You can also Sea Kayak on Milford Sound on our Ultimate South Island Adventure 'Rimu', Milford Hiking Adventure "Manuka", South Island Explorer 'Kiwi' and Essence of the South Island 'Tui' trips.
Since we stay in protected waters, all our sea kayaking is suitable for beginners - but even veterans will be blown away by the views that the Milford Sound offers including stunning waterfalls and the world famous Mitre peak.
Video: Discover Milford Sound with a paddle in hand, on foot or on board a cruise boat.
Other Sea Kayaking Vacation Options
The short travelling distances between paddling destinations allows for a variety of sea kayaking experiences leaving you with options to experience unrivalled fresh water kayaking on our pristine lakes through to multi day coastal trips. It simply would be imposable to list all the sea kayaking tours possible, so we have created a short list of our favourites. If you would like to find out more information about sea kayaking options in New Zealand, please feel free to contact us.
The Coromandel Peninsula is famous for its spectacular scenery, long sandy beaches and friendly resort towns with unique visitor attractions. Coromandel is a top rating holiday playground for both New Zealanders and tourists from around the world.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Island is renowned for some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand. The Bay of Islands Maritime Park has 144 islands, secluded bays and an abundance of marine life such as marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins and gannets.
The pristine forest, sheer rock walls and tumbling waterfalls are a breathtaking sight. Local inhabitants include bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins
The Abel Tasman National Park is known for it's pristine golden sand beaches forming a point from Tasman Bay to Golden Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand – Nelson, New Zealand. This is New Zealand’s smallest national park but unique to the world as a coastal recreation area for New Zealand hiking and tramping. With its mild and sunny climate, curving beaches of golden sands, large tranquil lagoons, and forest covered hills on the edge of turquoise seas, Abel Tasman National Park is a pocket of coastal paradise. At the top of the South Island, Nelson and Golden Bay are fast becoming areas of tourist interest for cultural and crafts and pottery as well as unique scenic beauty.
Rimu Ultimate South Island Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$5499 + tax
This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.
Manuka Milford Hiking Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$6399 + tax
If you wish to concentrate on hiking the iconic tracks of New Zealand and like your creature comforts, we’ve crafted this trip just for you. It has a strong focus on New Zealand’s natural history. Our guides have plenty of time to interpret the flora and fauna and explain the geological and social history of the areas you’ll visit. You also have the choice of a selection of the best day hikes Fiordland National Park has to offer, along with an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track in its entirety. The ‘Manuka’ really is hiking New Zealand in style!
Activity level: The 'Manuka' is an active hiking trip, but has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the 'Manuka' trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Milford Track Guided Walk option.
Kiwi South Island Explorer
- 14 Days
- South Island
- From US$5799 + tax
New to adventure vacations or not quite ready to hang up your hiking boots just yet? On this South Island walking tour you'll experience beautiful, famous and little-known places – taking plenty of time to explore along the way! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5 day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Kiwi’ suits anyone who enjoys walking and likes to give things a go. The pace is flexible and relaxed with most hikes taking one to three hours to complete on well-formed tracks with some undulations.
Tui Essence of the South Island
- 8 Days
- South Island
- From US$3999 + tax
This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll explore some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness. It works well if your vacation time is limited, since you can fly from North America on a Friday evening, sleep on the plane, and be back at work ten days later to share your photos and stories on Monday morning. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. Typically hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete.