Half Day Sea Kayak Rental - Marlborough Sounds

Home Half Day Rental Sea Kayaking – Queen Charlotte Sound

Hiring a sea kayak with family or friends for a few hours, is one of the best ways to get out on the water for a few hours during your stay in Picton.  Departing from the Picton foreshore, you will have time to paddle into the start of the Grove Arm, stop on a sandy beach for a rest and return to Picton, all within a 4 hour rental period.

$45 per person, 4 hour maximum briefing at 8.30am or 12.30am (please enquire for other times)NZ per person
Package Includes:
  • All sea kayak and safety equipment
  • Full safety briefing including itinerary planning
  • Shower on return and storage of extra gear at base

Trip Departure Time: 8.30am and 12.30pm

Trip Return Time: 12.30pm and 4.30pm

Duration: Half a day

Hiring a sea kayak, with family or friends for a few hours,  is one of the best ways to explore the water wonderland that is the Marlborough Sounds. In four hours you will have time to paddle through the Picton Harbour and into the start of the Grove Arm, before returning the same way.

This is a great way to spend some time on the water, to enjoy the bushclad shorelines of the Queen Charlotte Sound from the water.

As New Zealand’s oldest sea kayaking company, our knowledge, expertise, equipment and service are unsurpassed. Get in touch with us to talk through the best options for your timeframe and skill level.


  • Half Day – $45 per person – Maximum of four hours – 8.30am and 12.30pm briefing

After a quick safety briefing, we take you across to the Picton foreshore and you will launch from and return to the foreshore.


Minimum Age

Minimum age for sea kayak rental is 13 years old.  Please contact us to discuss options if you have children younger than this.

How do I know if I had enough experience to go sea kayaking with my friends?

Sea kayaking, like any water activity, has inherent risks. Kayak rental is available to people with outdoor experience, preferably in water activities. Every group must have an experienced person who is familiar with marine environments, and is able to anticipate and deal with adverse conditions, should they develop. On the morning of departure we will provide a full safety briefing which covers area such as weather, itinerary planning, on-water skills, capsize and re-entry. For inexperienced groups it’s a good idea to hire a guide for part, or all, of your trip – or join our One Day Trip for your first day, and use it as a training day before heading off independently.

Can I do this as a solo paddler?

Unfortunately not, we are unable to hire to solo paddlers.

Do I have to have any sea kayaking experience?

You don’t have to have sea kayaking experience to enjoy this trip, however some on water experience i.e. sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding does help as it gives you more confidence to understand the sea and weather conditions. If you are not feeling confident about your paddling experience that you may prefer to take a half day guided trip

What is included in the sea kayak rental?

Double sea kayaks and all safety equipment, safety briefing including weather and itinerary planning.

Do we have to go at the set times?

Our preferred departure times are 8.30am and 12.30pm, however if this does not fit your schedule, please inquire as we may be able to set another time for your half day rental. Maximum rental time is 4 hours including the safety briefing.

What do I need to wear/bring?

We recommend you wear: t.shirt, shorts, shoes that can get wet, bring a camera and sun protection and a snack, water bottle

What is the difference between the half day guided trip and the half day rental?

The half day guided trip itinerary is a one way trip i.e. we depart the Picton foreshore and finish further into the Grove Arm where you return to Picton by van.  The half day sea kayak rental requires you to depart from the Picton foreshore and return to the Picton foreshore, therefore you don’t get as far into Queen Charlotte Sound as you would on the guided tour.