Sea Kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds
The intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds are a wonderland for sea kayakers. The Marlborough Sounds consists of 1500km of New Zealand’s coastline, so finding a corner to call your own in a sea kayak is not difficult. The water can provide a dazzling display of colours in a thousand shades – ranging from the brightest turquoise to the deepest green. The backdrop is a myriad of shades of green, from the overhanging native tree ferns, rata vines and beech trees. The wildlife is testimony to this magnificent environment, with seals, dolphins and penguins a common sight. It is just waiting to be explored – there is no better way than by sea kayak.
We are founding members of the Sea Kayak Operators Association of New Zealand (SKOANZ) and abide by a strict code of practice, which ensures that your sea kayaking experience is enjoyed with the utmost safety and comfort in mind. We are the oldest sea kayaking company in the country and we know the Sounds intimately. Our commitment to safety and outstanding service has been recognized by many awards, including the New Zealand Tourism Award for Leisure Activity.
Just as our kayaks were designed for journeying, so we try to create a sense of journey on our guided trips. These trips are purposely designed to maximise your experience in the Sounds, whether it be three hours or three days we make sure that you visit the most scenic areas of the Sounds in the timeframe that you have. We pay particular attention to the small things, such as; delicious meals; fun and informative guides; quality equipment; and itineraries that try to maximise your time on the water. If your time is limited, then a guided trip is your best option.
If you have more time to spare and really want to explore the Sounds independently, then independent rental is the ideal option for you. Please note that you’ll need a paddling buddy as, for safety reasons, we don’t rent to solo paddlers.
Our large, stable, purpose-built, fibreglass doubles and plastic single kayaks are ideal for a multi-day kayak rental. They have large storage capacity and it is not a problem to pack a boat for three or four days and really get out into the Sounds and explore the watery wonderland of inlets, bays and coves.
With all our kayak rentals, we provide a full safety briefing (which takes up to two hours) and during that time we discuss with you itinerary planning, weather, techniques (for paddling, capsize and re-entry) and so on. If you are unsure whether your paddling experience is enough to take a rental for a few days, then we may suggest that you take our Beginners Package – which includes the guided day trip and then follows on with your multi-day rental.