September 2014: Wilderness Kayak and Canoe Adventures

New Zealand is a remarkable destination to explore on water, with dramatic and varying coastlines, spectacular lakes and winding rivers.

Dart River 'Funyak'. Photo: Dart River Safaris
Many operators cater for all experience levels and offer a range of guided trips including single and multi-day tours.
For a truly memorable canoe adventure, your clients’ might like to consider the Whanganui Journey. Although it is a river journey, the Whanganui trip is part of New Zealand’s Great Walks network. The 145 kilometre river journey from Taumaranui to Pipiriki takes an average 5 days to complete by canoe, however shorter 3 day options are available.

Read more about kayaking in New Zealand here.
Below is a range of kayaking and canoe tours you might like to consider when planning your clients’ New Zealand holiday.


Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures
Sea kayaking trips start at Whangapoua (2 hours’ drive from Auckland), and wind their way up to Sandy Bay at the tip of the Peninsular, visiting stunning spots only accessible by sea. With good food, fresh fish, great places to stay, and the choice of so many activities including kayaking and fishing, this is a special trip to experience.


River Rats Raft and Kayak
Enjoy a guided kayak trip to the spectacular Manupirua Springs Hot Pools on Lake Rotoiti. Paddle approximately one hour each way, down the Ohau Channel and across Lake Rotoiti to this amazing spot only accessible by boat. Situated right on the lake edge there are a range of hot pools of varying temperatures all fed from a natural hot spring. River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. 


Wilson’s Abel Tasman
Share eight generations of experience in the region with the Wilson family. From a half day easy paddle to a 5-day all-inclusive holiday combining kayaking and walking, or simply relax at their Beachfront Lodges: Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa and Torrent Bay Lodge. There are day trips to suit all abilities and budgets. 
Abel Tasman Kayaks
Sea kayaking is a low impact way to explore beautiful golden beaches, coves, lagoons, offshore islands, wildlife and native forest. Abel Tasman Kayaks offers a range of tours, from half day to three days.


Wilderness Guides
With 1,500 kilometres of coastline to explore, the Marlborough Sounds is a truly remarkable sea kayaking destination. Wilderness Guides are a leading provider of sea kayak tours in the area and their slightly smaller size brings lots of benefits in terms of flexibility and approach to customer service.
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co offers innovative sea kayaking itineraries capturing the best of the Marlborough Sounds. Guided trips range from one to four days and highlights include paddling the best areas of the Sounds, sampling delicious local cuisine, experienced fun guides and quality equipment.
Pelorus Eco Adventures – The Barrel Run
Journey through the picturesque location of the barrel scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This fun and exciting trip will take your clients over easy rapids (grades 1 and 2) on the beautiful Pelorus River, in tandem inflatable kayaks, surrounded by stunning scenery, rich history and wildlife.


Kaikoura Kayaks
Experience the eco-tourism wonderland of Kaikoura on one of Kaikoura Kayaks’ fantastic kayaking tours. Your clients will have the opportunity to see New Zealand Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins, Blue Penguins and a range of sea birds. Half day tours depart year round and are suitable for all experience levels.


Fun Flow Canoes, Queenstown Rafting
Your clients will soak up the scenery along a beautiful stretch of the Kawarau River with the Remarkables Mountains as their backdrop. Float or paddle down the picturesque river for seven kilometres in a raft or inflatable canoe with an experienced guide.
Dart River Funyak
The 'Funyak Safari' combines traveling up the Dart River on an exhilarating wilderness jet boat ride and paddling back down in unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable canoes. Your clients’ will experience spectacular wilderness within Mount Aspiring National Park.


Cruise and Kayak Milford Sound, Southern Discoveries
Cruise the entire length of Milford sound on one of Southern Discoveries’ Scenic, Encounter Nature or Discover More cruises. Towards the end of the cruise visitors are dropped off at the Milford Discovery Centre to journey through the history, geology and wildlife of Milford Sound and visit New Zealand's only floating underwater observatory Milford Deep. Your clients’ will then be greeted by a specialist Kayak and Nature guide who will take them on a relaxing one hour kayak in serene Harrisons Cove with spectacular views up Harrisons Valley to the Pembroke Glaciers. This is an intimate experience with a maximum of 12 kayaks per tour. 
Sea Kayak Fiordland
Sea Kayak Fiordland offers a range of stunning kayak adventures around Fiordland, including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound and Preservation Inlet. Trips range from 2.5 hours to 7 days.