Half day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand

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4 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Local guide
  • All necessary equipment provided


  • Food and drinks
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

The Picton Waterfront

Return Details

Wilderness Guides office
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Additional Info

  • 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 booking is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, 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.

, 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!

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.

, Jan 2018

The kayak trip was one of our highlights. The kayak guide, Merlin, was wonderful!. I would highly recommend this excursion.

, 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!

Tony S
, Dec 2017

The best!!! Martin, Courtney and Jason from wilderness guides are fantastic!!!

Thomas H
, Aug 2017

Absolutely amazing morning kayaking. The bloke taking us out on the water was incredibly personable and friendly, he knew a lot of stories about the area and what animals to look out for.
One of the best things we did in Picton and the Marleborough area. Would highly highly recommend this!

Fred R
, Apr 2017

This was an amazing half day tour around Marlborough Sounds. Our guide, Merlin, was fantastic--very patient, accommodating, and knowledgeable about the area. We saw, several seals, starfish, jellyfish, several stingrays, and a beautiful bird native to the area. The weather was perfect with blue skies and no clouds. I would highly recommend this relaxing tour if you are looking to experience the beauty of the Sounds!

Jill S
, Apr 2017

We had a beautiful, amazing half day on the water. It's a very special place. Our tour guide was friendly, informative and professional. Our group was small 7 people and the weather perfect. Thanks so much for one of the best days of our trip to New Zealand and Australia.

Matthew M
, Apr 2017

This was an experience to remember. Amazing sites in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Was able to kayak past the amazing scenery and wildlife including stingrays, eagle rays, a seal as well as native birdlife. The kayaking was easy going in the calm waters. Even got to kayak past the cruise ship. The Tour guide was very informative and gave us a good understanding of the sites we passed as well as about the local area.
Well worth doing and would happily do tour again with this tour company.


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Product code: 10707P1

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