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Per Person $103 USD
Child (Ages 8-15) $77 USD
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With all the beauty that is the New Zealand coastline, it's a bit of a tease to always view it from a large boat or a removed roadway. We wouldn't recommend jumping in for a swim, but we think hopping in a kayak is the perfect alternative. With a meeting at the pier, your experienced guide will bring you out, via 4WD, to the Pohatu Marine Reserve to be outfitted in all the necessary equipment for kayaking. After a brief safety lesson, you will push out into the water to explore the water life up-close and personal.

The outer coast of the Pohatu Marine Reserve will blow your mind with its towering sea cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves that have been carved out by Mother Nature. Your guide will lead you to some of the best vantage points within the sheltered bay. Keep your eye out for penguins, seal colonies, hector dolphins, and a wide range of sea bird species. Dip your hand in the water before heading back to the pier. You might not be this intimate with the shoreline again!

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • Services of a local kayak guide
  • Sea kayaking through the beautiful Pohatu Marine Reserve
  • Safety instructions and use of equipment

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 12:00 PM (4 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please dress in layers and wear tennis shoes, rubber boots, or sport sandals.
• It is recommended that you bring a change of clothes, as well as some food and drink.


• Please be aware this tour will operate during light drizzle as long as the wind is calm.
• This tour takes out a maximum of 8 double kayaks.
• You must be at least 8 years old to participate.
• All participants will paddle in double sea kayaks. If there is an odd number in the group, guests will be paired with another guest or a guide. Sea kayaking requires a moderate level of physical activity and is not recommended for guests with back problems or limited upper body strength.
• All participants must listen carefully to and follow guide's instructions and adhere to safety requirements.