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Half day Sea Kayak Guided Tour from Picton

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Picton, New Zealand
Half day Sea Kayak Guided Tour from Picton

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Tour the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound on a half-day paddling adventure from Picton. Settle into your sea kayak and follow an expert guide from the waterfront to sheltered coves and remote beaches. Search the waters for eagles rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and dolphins while you learn about the natural history of the Marlborough Sounds. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
  • Half-day sea kayak tour of the Marlborough Sounds
  • Paddle from the Picton waterfront to Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins, fur seals and little blue penguins
  • Learn about the area’s natural history from an expert guide
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized attention
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All necessary equipment provided
Food and drinks
1 London Quay , 1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Our office is located at the Picton Waterfront on the corner of London Quay and Wellington Street

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (minimum age of 8 years old)
  • A minimum of 2 people per departure is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wilderness Guides LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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highly recommend
, Feb 2022
we had a great guide Alex who was friendly and informative. we were lucky enough to get a beautiful calm day which made it a relaxing and fun experience. we got to see sting Ray's which was definitely a highlight. would recommend to anyone in the area as the views and everything were fantastic
A great way to see the Sounds under your own steam.
, Jan 2022
Mark was a great guide and the whole thing was very well paced. The equipment and briefing was ideal. You don’t need to be particularly fit either. Thoroughly recommended.
Peaceful and relaxing
, Jan 2022
Mark was an excellent guide, informative and friendly. Loved seeing stingrays, jellyfish, kina, oysters catcher and three chicks and eaglerays. Great kayaking through arch in the rock.
Morning tour
, Jul 2021
Loved it! Excellent service. We took half day sea kayak tour. It was beautiful morning kayak tour. Even for inexperienced kayakers.
Half day Kayaking in Paradise
, Mar 2021
Everything was perfect, we had a great time! Alex was great, so was the weather & beautiful scenery. We saw harmless jellyfish, penguins, many eagle rays & sting rays.
Beautiful place and great people - exercise, sights and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - what more could you want ?
, Mar 2020
FANTASTIC - couldn't have asked for better - great guides, good preparation before we left, great weather and a fantastic place to be - on the waters off Picton watching the beautiful bush of the area pass by and with the clear waters under us. 2 person kayak and all the safety gear, Matt and George did a great job with good commentary about the whole trip. Baby rays in one bay a sight to remember. Even got a lift back to their base and a hot chocolate to finish. Definitely a great way to exercise a few muscles and see this part of NZ in the best possible way.
Okay tour
, Feb 2020
It was a good tour, but a warning to solo travelers: you will be kayaking with another person who may not be fit. I was put with an older woman and basically paddled her around for the 3+ hours. This was bothersome as I am young and want to explore niche beaches around the sound, but all of the fitness was left to me.
Beautiful relaxed kayak tour
, Feb 2020
It was my first time kayaking on the sea and so I was a bit nervous before. But it was much easier than expected. Alex our guide was really nice and I never felt unsure. He showed us rays and we even saw a shark. And it was great that the tour was planed after the wind so we never had the wind against us. We have been picked up at the end so we didn't have to go the same way twice. I really would recommend this tour to everybody. And it's no problem if you are not an experienced kayaker!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lot of fun...great activity...good value.
, Feb 2020
Thank you for the great kayaking adventure. Our guides were very good and the weather was spectacular. The length was about right (3.5 hours) for us. Some of the group had to leave early, but one guide stayed with us for another hour or so of fun. It would have been nice to see some more wildlife (we saw a seal), but this is outside your control. Very good value and I would recommend your organization to visitors in the Picton area.
, Jan 2020
Wonderful experience getting to see the beautiful sounds. Stunning views, a must do adventure if you’re ever lucky enough to visit
Beautiful tour!
, Jan 2020
Had a great time kayaking. Scenery was beautiful and we didn’t get wet at all. It’s a fair amount of padding so make sure you are up for it. Our guide was great as well.
A Great Active Day with Very Knowledgeable Guides
, Jan 2020
We really enjoyed this outing with Jenna and George! Both guides were extremely easy to talk to. They took time to get to know each member of our small group. They kept up a great pace; challenging, but with plenty of leisure breaks. We were under the impression that we'd see a little more marine life than we did, but we understand that the lack of sightings was likely due to the rain (something that's obviously totally out of their control.) We'd recommend this tour as a fun, active excursion!
Great Tour
, Jan 2019
We really enjoyed the Tour. We had a very friendly and mindful tourguide, who showed us some wonderful places. He also explaned interesting things about the nature there and pointed us stingrays and starfishes in the very clear water.
Picton break
, Dec 2018
A last minute something to do, was very much enjoyed.Good equipment and staff thanks Chris the pom :)
We were on a cruise that included a...
, Apr 2018
We were on a cruise that included a day in Picton. My wife and I had never been kayaking before and decided to give it a go. What a great decision. First of all the cruise schedule changed due to weather and sea condition, but Wilderness Guides were brilliant at rearranging our booking around this moving both the date and the time to accommodate us - thank you Courtney. The office was very easy to find and the staff were friendly. Merlin was our guide and it was quite a magical experience. He explained clearly what we would be doing and when we got to the site he made sure we were all aware of the safety processes. Our group was just 7 people and Merlin so was very easy to keep together and listen to what was being said. We were in the kayaks for probably 3 hours I really can't be exact! but it went so quickly and was very easy to keep up with the other people despite being kayak virgins! The scenery was breathtaking and would love to visit the place again. Saw some jellyfish and stingrays along with a number of birds, Merlin was very knowledgeable despite not being a local! Great experience.
A amazing experience and our guides...
, Apr 2018
A amazing experience and our guides were excellent! This is a very age friendly Kayak as it is not too strenuous! Absolutely loved it!
What a fantastic kayaking trip! 8km...
Patti H
, Feb 2018
What a fantastic kayaking trip! 8km of the most incredible views right from the waters edge! The two tour guides we had were so informative, personable and enthusiastic. It was only the second time we had ever kayaked and they made us feel very comfortable and that we were doing a great job! We arrived by cruise ship and couldnt find any tours in Picton that would work with the ships arrival and departure times. This one worked and we were so glad that we did it. Definitely recommend this tour for anyone going to Picton.
The kayak trip was one of our...
, Jan 2018
The kayak trip was one of our highlights. The kayak guide, Merlin, was wonderful!. I would highly recommend this excursion.
Amazing! We were late arriving at...
, Jan 2018
Amazing! We were late arriving at the tour due to our cruise ship arriving late, but our tour guide was all set up and patiently waiting for us to arrive! He shared great information about the wildlife and New Zealand! I don't think there was a question we asked that he didn't have the answer to! The entire family agreed that this was the best tour we went on during our trip to New Zealand!
The best!!! Martin, Courtney and Jason...
Tony S
, Dec 2017
The best!!! Martin, Courtney and Jason from wilderness guides are fantastic!!!

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