Nelson & Golden Bay, South Island

Kaiteriteri Kayak 10

Sea kayaking at Kaiteriteri opens up a world of sea and bird life encounters with animals such as penguins, seals and dolphins.

We are the only kayak company in the Abel Tasman to specialise in family kayak trips.

Kaiteriteri Kayak is simply a fabulous way to explore a stunning environment in peace and tranquility and it makes a fantastic and fun experience for the whole family.

Kaiteriteri Kayak is the only kayak company to operate from Kaiteriteri Beach – the most sheltered area of the Abel Tasman and a perfect starting point for families.

Sea kayaking here also opens up a world of sea and bird life encounters with animals such as penguins, seals and dolphins.

Kaiteriteri Kayak - Split Apple Rock - Abel Tasman National Park

Kaiteriteri Kayak - Abel Tasman National Park

Kaiteriteri Kayak - Abel Tasman National Park

We are the only kayak company in the Abel Tasman to specialise in family kayak trips. It's simply a fabulous way to explore a stunning environment in peace and tranquility and it makes a fantastic and fun experience for the whole family. We are also the only kayak company to operate from Kaiteriteri Beach – the most sheltered area of the Abel Tasman and a perfect starting point for families and less-experienced kayakers. The coastline that we cover is not only sheltered but also compact. However the area retains all of the features associated with kayaking in the Abel Tasman - as well as the awesome Split Apple Rock!

Over 50 kilometres of coastline offering dozens of golden sand beaches to visit, while the many coves and lagoons provide plenty of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Sea kayaking here also opens up a world of sea and bird life encounters with animals such as penguins, seals and dolphins. Kaiteriteri Kayaks operates short trips in the bays and coves surrounding Kaiteriteri Beach. This is by far the most sheltered area of the Abel Tasman. This makes it a perfect kayak base for families or less experienced kayakers.

Families: You paddle a double kayak which an adult controls from the rear. The child sits in the front. We generally require at least one adult per child. With older/stronger children exceptions can be made.

Trip Ideas

 
Split Apple Classic  (minimum age 8)

Our most popular half-day guided trip to the famous Split Apple Rock.  Ideal for families. No experience required and generally paddling calmer seas.  Family discount packages available.

We provide:
Kayak, life jacket, paddle, spray skirt
, paddle jacket, dry box for cameras, detailed map, full safety briefing with qualified guide (on guided tours only).

What you need to bring:
Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, warm top (wool or fleece) wind jacket, change of clothes, camera, any medication.

Read more on the Split Apple Classic kayak trip here >>

Other Family Tours

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Beach Hire (minimum age 6)

Ideal for first-timers and families.  We provide ultra stable double or single kayaks so you can explore the coves, islands and lagoons all found within the shelter of the bay.
* Age requirements: 0ne-hour hire may be suitable for children from 6 to 8 years if able to fit a life jacket.
Two to four hour hire, minimum age 12 years.  All children must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.

Stand up paddle boards are also available for hire.
Read more on Kaiteriteri Beach kayak hire here >>

Hours of operation
Summer 7:30am - 7:30pm    Winter 8:00am - 6:00pm
Operates everyday except Christmas Day

FAMILY PACKAGES

Special family rates available by phone only – please enquire on 0800 2 KAYAK (conditions and age limits apply).

Freephone: 0800 252 925 or 0800 2 KAYAK

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.