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Sea Kayaking

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.

Kayaking Okarito

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.

 

Learn more about Sea Kayaking Milford Sound

 

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.

Kayaking Poor Knights

Coromandel Peninsula

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.

Dusky Sound

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

Abel Tasman

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.

Abel Tasman Kayaking

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4982 reviews)

    Rimu - Awesome South Island trip!

    This trip is really a great way to experience the true beauty of the South Island. We hiked in beautiful areas with spectacular views, biked the Te Araroa track and sea kayaked in Milford Sound and in the Okarito Lagoon. Our guides, Ben and Emma, were absolutely great! They were cheerful, caring and attentive to our needs. They kept us well fed all along the trip even while hiking in remote areas with minimal cooking facilities. Accommodations were great and representative of the visited area. Thanks to one of our travel companions, we had magnificent weather for the trip duration… we cannot have asked for better temperatures.
    Claire Barrette-Remy Review Image
    – Ontario, Canada
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Kauri

    What an amazing introduction to the North Island. Every day was unique - starting with the hiking and boogie boarding on the sand dunes to seeing a kiwi released was exceptional. Walking through the rain forest and seeing the phenomenal kauri trees are memories we will treasure forever!
    Ben Thorlakson Review Image
    – Alberta, Canada
    Kauri, January 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Trip of a life time

    My wife and I planned this trip with some friends to try something new and to maximize the experience of New Zealand. We spent 8 days hiking, biking, and kayaking through the South Island. Every day was action packed with something different to do. We got to try new things, test a few of our limits that we wouldn't have normally done, and learn a few things about local culture along the way. I can't say enough good things about our guides Ben and Liana. They were enthusiastic about everything we did and full of information. They helped us push limits and get the most out of the experiences we had. Everyone I've told about our trip has been wowed by the awesome things we got to see and do.
    Chris Busch Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Tui, January 2018
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Worth every penny!

    This was an amazing trip - highly recommended! Our guides, Koru and Liana, were great - kept us moving and active in all kinds of weather and conditions. Some of the planned tour had to be modified due to weather - it does rain a lot - but no regrets at all. We got a taste of New Zealand on beautiful days, rainy days, and once in rain, sleet and hurricane force winds, but we were always well cared for and felt like we'd seen New Zealand in all of it's majesty. The hiking was strenuous enough to feel like a challenge and leave us tired and a bit sore most days, but never too difficult. The Siberia Valley part of the trip was just spectacular! Koru's knowledge of New Zealand's native plants and animals, history, Maori heritage, and Lord of the Rings stories were particularly fascinating. Would love to go again!
    Bob Martin Review Image
    – South Carolina, United States
    Tui, December 2016
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Tui Trip

    The Tui tour was the best trip I've ever had, all the group was great and very friendly, there was a very good feeling with all the group. It was so great to see all the nice places that you have in NZ, the tour passed so fast that I would love to do another one with you guys! And what about the super guides that we had - Jordy and Holly! They are the best ever, I would like to thank them again so much for the great time we had with them, I'm ready to do more! Holly next time we'll do the swimming race in the lake? Thanks a lot again, Ia orana from Tahiti.
    Peva Levy Review Image
    – tahiti teahupoo, French Polynesia
    Tui, May 2017

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Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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