Kayak Hire Papatowai - The Catlins - Sunset Paddle

Finish the day perfectly as you watch the sunset on a self-guided evening kayak expedition along the stunning Papatowai waters...


  • Enjoy a magical paddle at sunset on the Papatowai waters
  • Take your time exploring the estuary, rivers and coastal beaches
  • Admire a wide variety of native birds and wildlife in the lush forest
  • Get a full safety briefing, maps and recommendations from our expert team
  • A fantastic idea for beginners, families or friends!

There's nothing quite like watching a sunset to end the day perfectly, and what better way to do so than by kayak while exploring a little slice of paradise, perfectly tucked away amongst nature.

After being fully briefed on safety, recommended routes and given local knowledge from our expert team you'll be set free to explore to your heart's content on your own self-guided expedition!

We offer two New Zealand made kayaks - the "Fortress Double Kayak" and "Phantom Single Kayak". Both are super comfortable and incredibly stable - you will be gliding through the water with ease!

Bask in the peaceful environment as you begin your paddle. There is over 25km's of estuary and rivers to explore plus nearby coastal beaches lined in rich Podocarp forest and an abundance of local native wildlife, giving you plenty to discover.

To top it all off, experience the magic of watching the sunset over the water - simply beautiful!

Catlins Kayak Hire is a DOC approved business. To find out more check out this link: Department of Conservation approved label.

Location: Papatowai, The Catlins. The stunning Catlins area is located approx 90km east of Invercargill and 160km south of Dunedin.

Double Kayak $69.00
Single Kayak $55.00

What's included

  • Buoyancy life vests
  • Dry bags
  • Estuary & river map
  • Full safety briefing & paddling tips


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • Please Note: For safety reason there is a minimum of 2 persons required for trip to proceed. Single bookings will be waitlisted to be confirmed by tour operator directly.
  • No children under the age of 3, all kayakers must be able to sit up unaided. If you are hiring one of our Kayaks you MUST be able to swim. Paddlers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For safety reasons we do not allow solo paddlers. We keep a really close eye on the weather and will make contact in the event of unexpected conditions. If the weather conditions are unsafe for kayaking, we will re-book you on another hire option or time to suit.

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Werner Michiels from New Zealand wrote on 05 January 2020

Awesome kayaking!

Mick was great and super helpful! I rented the kayaks with my sister, mum and girlfriend and we all loved it, very laid back and easy track to follow. Saw some beautiful birds nesting and lots of fish at feeding time!

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