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If time is short, you can experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds on our half day guided sea kayak trip. This tour takes in the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush. Learn about the history of the area from our knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides.

Meet at our office at the Picton Waterfront at 8.30am or 12.30pm, time for a spot of paperwork and then we depart for our launch point at Ngakuta Bay, just 20 minutes scenic drive from Picton.

We prefer to take you away from the harbour environs to the truly spectacular western end of the Sound where there is less boat traffic and many beautiful bays and coves to explore as well as wildlife to see. However if weather permits, we may kayak from Picton Harbour to maximise your time on the water.

After a detailed safety briefing, it is time to set off on a great half day adventure. Your guide will answer questions, share pearls of wisdom and ensure your comfort and wellbeing. Depending on the weather, we will vary our route each day to take advantage of sea breezes at our back - we don't follow an enforced plan which enables us to cater for all abilities on the tour.

You have a good chance of seeing sting rays and eagle rays, a huge variety of sea birds including cormorants and sometimes little blue penguins, seals, huge starfish and if we are really lucky, even dolphins.

Return time to Picton approx. 12.30pm (morning tour) or approx. 4.30pm (afternoon tour). 

Kayak Route Map


DURATION: 4 hours

TOUR TIMES: Morning tour - 8.30am to 12.30pm
Afternoon tour - 12.30pm to 4.30pm
On cruise ship day departure times may vary

Approx Return to Picton time: 12.30pm (morning tour) or approx. 4.30pm (afternoon tour)

Minimum number of persons: 2


$99NZ per person

If you are a solo traveller please contact us to check if we have a trip departing as we often have trips with other kayakers you can join.

Suitable for children from 8 years old.


We supply double kayaks (singles on request for experienced paddlers only), PFDs (lifejackets), splash jackets, booties, spray decks and dry bags (including for your camera). Guide and any transport to/from launch point also included.

Call us on +64 3 5735432. Freephone (NZ only): 0800 266 266
Freephone (Aus only): 1800 281 827
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