The Catlins is truly remarkable with a wealth of natural wonders, This incredible coastline is home to the World’s rarest penguins, most endangered sea lions and New Zealand smallest dolphins. With over twenty years’ experience in these waters our guide will show you a coastline rich in wildlife and history.
Catlins Kayak adventures offer small group kayaking tours giving you the opportunity to view the remote Catlins Coast. Our Kayaking tours depart daily with no prior kayaking experience necessary. We provide you with everything you need to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
On your journey to the famous nugget shaped rocks you’ll observe not only diverse and dramatic scenery but unique wildlife that call this place home: the albatross, including the royal; the World’s rarest sea lion and smallest penguin; the Catlins coatsline hosts largest colonies of fur seal and cormorant; and per chance the elephant seal, dolphin or yellow-eyed penguin, thought to soon be extinct from mainland NZ.
As the sun comes up and the early morning paddle crosses the seascape, you’ll feel like the only person on the ocean, indeed a unique and authentic experience. As we head towards the breath-taking rock formations, locally known as ‘The Nuggets’, your knowledgeable guide will search for interesting and endangered wildlife to observe. The curious but playful fur seal could swim over to say hello. You may catch a glimpse of the yellow-eyed penguin or a visit from the albatross soaring in close searching for food. Once the sun is high in the sky, we’ll return to our historical launching bay. Trail time is a two-hour experience.
We set a leisurely course along the coastline, viewing the rocky islets that give you a sense of scale only achievable by kayak. Your experienced guide will seek out the rare and endangered wildlife that inhabit this area. You’ll watch the steady activity of the fur seal colony as they play between the water and rocky shore. You’ll marvel at the albatross if it comes in close and we’ll scan the sky for the vast number of sea birds flying above. The sea lion may roar below us, a dolphin porpoise past or a blue penguin dart by. From the wave eroded rocks referred to as ‘The Nuggets’, we’ll see the envious visitors high above at The Nugget Point Lighthouse before we journey back to our historical launching bay. Trail time is a three-hour experience