1 Day Guided Kayaking Kenepuru Sound


The Kenepuru Sound is the smallest of the three major waterways that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Renowned for its aqua or turquoise water colour (due to its shallower waters) the Kenepuru Sound is surrounded by sandy beaches, and a mix of native bush and farmland.

Your day includes paddling through the turquoise waters to a mussel farm to gather this delicious seafood for lunch (though other options are available for non-seafood lovers). After lunch, continue your paddling experience – past sandy beaches, marine farms, and even a shipwreck, before returning to Portage Bay.

This is a wonderful day out, exploring a different Sound to the more well-known Queen Charlotte Sound. It is easy for you to join this trip if you are staying at The Portage or any of the accommodation houses in the Kenepuru Sound, and we can organise water transfers out of Picton to join the trip also.

Departs Portage Bay: 9.30am
Returns to Portage Bay: 3.30pm


Paddling from our base atThe Portage  on the Kenepuru Sound, we may visit a mussel farm, paddle past a ship wreck from a bygone era, or experience a chance encounter with dolphins.

We have time to stop on a tranquil beach where we enjoy a leisurely lunch, go for a swim or a short bush walk before paddling back to Portage Bay foreshore. No experience is necessary to enjoy this trip and your guide will ensure that you have a fun, safe sea kayaking experience.

This sea kayaking day trip can be included as part of an itinerary for guests staying at one of the resorts in the Keneperu Sound, or those clients who may be travelling through the Keneperu Sound on their way to or from Picton.


$140 per person

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  • guide
  • all kayak equipment
  • delicious morning tea and lunch

Departs daily from 1 December to 28 February each year, subject to availability and  a minimum of two people booking.

If you are travelling on your own please contact us, as others may already be booked on this trip.

This trip must be pre-booked by 5.00pm of the evening prior to the day of departure.


Personal Equipment

When you book your trip, we will send you some detailed pre-trip information, however to give you an idea of what we recommend you wear or bring:

  • Sun protection
  • T-shirts and shorts for warmer weather
  • Polypropylene or wool clothing – not cotton (if paddling from May to October)
  • Warm wool or fibrepile jersey or jacket – not cotton.
  • Windproof jacket. We do have paddling jackets available which (while not waterproof) protect against the wind
  • Camera – we have dry bags for your cameras
  • Shoes or sandals suitable for getting wet (we can supply these, if required)
  • A smile

What if I am staying in Picton, but want to do this trip?

We can organise for you to catch a water taxi to join the trip. The water taxi ride will cost an additional $70 return.

I have never kayaked before, can I still do this trip?

Yes, many of our clients have never sea kayaked before but find it really easy to do.

I can’t swim, will I be okay?

Yes, you will be wearing a buoyancy aid and you will be travelling in a party with a guide, so the chances of you capsizing and falling out of your boat are minimal. Your guide will have provided you with a briefing on what to do if you do capsize.

Will I be back in time to catch a ferry or bus?

Yes, we can drop you straight to the ferry or bus terminal, if required.

Do I need to be fit to enjoy this trip?

We recommend that you are at least of average fitness to enjoy this trip. You may feel a little tired in your shoulders after a day’s paddling, but we do have stops along the way and the pace is gentle.

What if it gets windy when I am out there?

Our trips are flexible enough that we can change the itinerary to meet the weather conditions. Ideally we try to organise the day so that the wind is at your back as much as possible. However, as with any outdoors experience, there may be times when you are required to paddle in windy conditions. If this is the case, then we try to minimise the time that you will be paddling into the wind.

Do you have a question?  Please fill in the form below or, maybe you want to  check availability  before making a booking?

If you are ready to book a trip, then please click the “Book Now” button above which will take you to our check availability page and book now page.

Sometimes it is easier to just pick up the phone and get the answer you need, in which case, please give us a call  on (+64) 03 573 6078, NZ Freephone 0800 283 283, or Australia Freephone on 1800 007 083 anytime.  We are usually contactable by phone from 8.00am to 10.00pm (NZ time) each day.

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