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Kayaking and canoeing

Here are some of the best kayak and canoeing activities in New Zealand. Find all sorts of kayaking trips, including guided Kayaking tours, sea kayaking adventures and canoe hire; travel the 15,000Kms around NZ with the best Kayak experiences with the river, rapids, sea and lake attractions.

 

Kayaking and canoeing activities to See and Do in New Zealand

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100% Pure NZ - Raft the Kaituna River - Grade 5

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Experience the thrill of rafting through steep native bush canyons in Rotorua. C ......

Sledge the Kaituna River - Grade 3

Sledge the Kaituna Ri...

Sledge the Grade 3 Kaituna River for an exhilarating Rotorua adventure. Navigate ......

24/48 Hour Pohatu Package at a Penguin Colony!

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Have it all included in of our overnight stay in our historic and cosy private r ......

Kahu Kayaks Guided Tours

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Kahu Kayaks' guided kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman offer a taste of adventure ......

Hike and Kayak Combo Adventure Akaroa

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Looking for an active day? Join us for a full day of adventure combining a morning hike through endemic ancient forest d ...

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Lochmara Day Trips

Activity LocationQueen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

Cruise to Lochmara, one of Marlborough's most popular destinations, taking in the surrounding beautiful Queen Charlotte ...

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Sledging

Activity LocationQueenstown

Enjoy rapids, waves and the beautiful Kawarau River on a sturdy, easy to hold, very buoyant manoeuvrable sledge. The sle ...

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Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour- Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Start your Evening Glowworm Tour at Waimarino alongside the Wairoa River. Enjoy delicious refreshments while watching th ...

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Canoe Safaris Whanganui River Journey

Activity LocationWhanganui

Experience the Whanganui River Journey with Canoe Safaris for an unforgettable wilderness adventure. Paddle Canadian-sty ...

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Kayaking

Activity LocationQueen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough

Why not try one of our kayaking trips to experience the sounds of nature in our tranquil Marlborough Sounds? The Marl ...

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NZ $40.00 Book Now

Guided Wildlife Kayaking

Activity LocationKaikoura, Canterbury

Experience the excitement of watching seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Have chance encounters with d ...

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River Surfing

Activity LocationQueenstown

Conquer grade 3 rapids, standing waves and whirlpools! The high volume Kawarau River bursts with adrenaline, and this ...

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Sea Kayaking, Lyttelton Harbour & Quail Island- Start/finish in Christchurch

Activity LocationChristchurch, Canterbury

Sea Kayaking tour of Lyttelton Harbour- Explore secret bays, sunken ships and sea caves around Lyttelton Harbour and Qua ...

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NZ $399.00 Book Now

Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour - Rotorua

Activity LocationRotorua

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with our Scenic Lake Rotoiti Day tour, granting you access to one of New Zealand's ...

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Mountain to the Sea

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Immerse yourself in true Tauranga culture from the Mountain to the Sea, escorted by our local guides on waka ama canoes, ...

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Kaituna River Rafting

Activity LocationRotorua

Join the Original Kaituna Rafting Company for an unbeatable grade 5 white-water experience on one of New Zealand's most ...

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Stand Up Paddleboard Hire at Days Bay

Activity LocationLower Hutt, Wellington

Hire a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Days Bay. Suitable for kids and adults up to 100kg

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Guided sea kayak safari in Akaroa

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari’s sea kayaking tours are sure to bring out your adventurous spirit! We are Akaroa’s premi ...

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Franz Josef Wilderness Tours

Activity LocationFranz Josef, West Coast

Join us for a Kayak or Scenic Cruise on Lake Mapourika taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps, Glaciers, and ...

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Best Abel Tasman Day tour

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

A small group personalized 6 hour daytrip, exploring the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park's coastline aboard a comfor ...

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Double Kayak Hire at Days Bay

Activity LocationLower Hutt, Wellington

Hire a double sit-on-top kayak and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Days Bay. Suitable for kids and adults up to a combine ...

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Action Bug

Activity LocationRotorua

Experience the thrill of Riverbugging through the breathtaking gorge of the Rangitāiki River, just a short drive from R ...

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The Sea Kayak Excursion

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Explore New Zealand's ancient coastline on this boutique guided sea kayak excursion. Enjoy hot drinks and decadent treat ...

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Limestone Express Kayak Tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

This boutique guided tour takes you straight into the heart of the famous Limestone Coast for an exciting and intimate e ...

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Full Day Scenic Rafting on the Rangitikei River, Family Friendly

Activity LocationWhanganui

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, amazing scenery and a riverside picnic lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei Ri ...

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4WD Sea-Kayaking Safari Tour at Pohatu Marine Reserve

Activity LocationAkaroa, Canterbury

Explore the towering volcanic cliffs, reefs and sea caves of Pohatu marine reserve en encounter its unique wildlife.

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Seal Kayak Tour

Activity LocationKaikoura, Canterbury

Seal Kayak Kaikoura is the first kayak tour of its kind in New Zealand that allows you to either pedal or paddle. You� ...

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Big Kanu Glowworm Tour- Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Appreciate the beautiful scenery, birdlife and Glowworms from your seat in our Big Kanu. Launch the Big Kanu from the la ...

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Starlight Gourmet Kayak Tour - Rotorua

Activity LocationRotorua

Glide across the lake to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools, which are only accessible by water. Here you will enjoy a fre ...

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Epic Tandem Kayak Tours

Activity LocationRotorua

Tandem kayaking is a niche/specialty activity compared to traditional rafting trips in the area. There is nowhere else i ...

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Vigilant Yacht Charters - Day Sailing Bay of Islands

Activity LocationRussell, Northland

The Bay of Islands is an ideal sailing playground. Step on board our stunning 42ft classic cutter rig yacht to experienc ...

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Kahu Kayaks Freedom Rentals

Activity LocationAbel Tasman

Freedom kayaking gives you the independence to see the wonders of the coastline at your own pace. Kahu Kayaks will equip ...

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Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour - Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

The tranquil expanse of Lake McLaren embodies serenity in its purest form. Immerse yourself in a blissful journey as you ...

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Affinity Cruises

Activity LocationPicton, Marlborough

We take you further and get you closer than the larger vessels. Our smaller size means we can navigate through narrow wa ...

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Single Kayak Hire

Activity LocationWanaka

Immerse yourself in Lake Wanaka with the freedom to explore at your own pace on a kayak or paddle board. Enjoy the calm ...

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Single Kayak Hire at Days Bay

Activity LocationLower Hutt, Wellington

Hire a single sit-on-top kayak and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Days Bay. Suitable for kids and adults up to 150kg. Ca ...

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Silent electric boat hire on the Kerikeri River, Bay of Islands

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Explore the beautiful Kerikeri river on a silent electric boat. No boating experience required!

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Canoe Hire & Jet Boat Tours Whanganui River

Activity LocationMt Ruapehu & Tongariro

Whanganui River Canoe hire and Jet boat tours. Experience the thrill.

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Waka Ama Adventure (Outrigger Canoe)

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Come and journey with us on a Waka Ama Adventure to explore and connect with our moana (sea) and whenua (land).

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NZ $125.00 Book Now

Double Kayak Hire

Activity LocationWanaka

Immerse yourself in Lake Wanaka with the freedom to explore at your own pace on a kayak or paddle board. Enjoy the calm ...

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kayaking and Canoeing Activities

1. The best places for Kayaking and Canoeing in New Zealand?

In summer the North Island is an amazing place to visit with so much wildlife and beautiful clear waters. However, If youre searching for canoeing in beautiful long New Zealand rivers then head to the South island and check out the Kaituna River!

2. What are the basic activities of canoeing and kayaking?

Both canoeing and kayaking involve paddling a small boat in open waters or rivers. It is a fun, easy activity to do with friends or family! Canoeing and kayaking also have great health benefits with the cardio involved.

3. Can you kayak in New Zealand?

New Zealand’s vast array of stunning rivers and winding coast has made kayaking a popular sport. Due to the high demand, you will never be too far from a kayaking tour or rental shop.

4. What is canoeing vs kayaking?

Different paddling techniques are used by canoes and kayaks to move the boat through the water. A kayak employs a double-sided paddle that enables the user to alternately paddle on both sides of the boat using a twisting action, in contrast to a canoe that uses a single-blade paddle that must be shifted from one side of the boat to the other.

Kayaking and Canoeing activities to See and Do in New Zealand


Kayaking and Canoeing

Due to New Zealand's unique landscape, opportunities for all kinds of adventures are at your fingertips, and there are so many exciting things to do in every region. If you're looking for a thrilling, memorable activity, then browse through the selection at See and Do NZ.

 
Kayaking and Canoeing activities to See and Do in New Zealand

In summer, the North Island is a fantastic place to visit, with so much wildlife and beautiful clear waters. Dolphins are abundant in New Zealand, and a kayaking trip is the best up-front and personal way to see them!

If you're searching for canoeing in beautiful long New Zealand rivers, then head to the South Island and check out the Kaituna River!

 

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