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Sunrise Penguin Spotting kayak Tour - (Short Trail) Nugget Point Catlins

What a way to start your day in the Catlins! Join our small group tour on a leisurely one hour paddle as the sun pops up over the horizon.


  • High chance of spotting Yellow Eyed Penguins as they make their way to the water
  • See local Fur Seals
  • We paddle at the groups pace - No experience necessary
  • Small group - no more than 6 guests
  • See the Nugget Point Marine Reserve at sunrise!

Our small group tours visit Nugget Point daily and give you the opportunity to view the remote and rugged Catlins Coast. Along the way you’ll spot wildlife that call this place home; fur seal, sea lion, albatross, cormorant, and penguin. You’ll hear interesting snippets of local history from our guide who grew up in and around these waters.

SHORT TRAIL: Rise and Shine! As the sun goes up the early morning paddle crosses Oil Store Bay; it's here we keep an eye out for some Yellow Eyed Penguin heading out for breaky. We tally up the seals on the nearby rocky shore before returning to the historical launching bay.

Time: Departure time can vary depending on the season. This can be anytime between 5-6:45am. Your confirmation email will give you your exact departure time. Arrival back to our launching bay is anytime between 7-8:45am.

Allow 2 hour total duration, approx. 90 minute paddle time

Do I have to be fit or have kayak abilities? This is a leisurely tour. While the ability to swimming is required, our kayaks are highly stable and suitable for first time paddlers. We use double kayaks so the work load is halved! You do not have to be of a high fitness level take part in the tour.

For more tours by Catlins Kayak & Adventure click here:

Nugget Point Sea Kayaking and Seal Tour

Due to the nature of operating in a wilderness area, Catlins Kayak and Adventure Ltd reserves the right to cancel any trip. Should this occur, a full refund will apply if you are unable to reschedule. Cancellation by client: In the event that should need to cancel please make contact as soon as possible. Refunds will not be given within 48 hours of your tour departure time. Travel Insurance: We advise all participants to consider arranging appropriate travel insurance. On our guided tours, Catlins Kayak and Adventure is responsible for all company equipment within the limits of wear and tear or unforeseen loss. Under all circumstances the client is solely responsible for their personal equipment.

Per Person $95.00

What's included

  • All kayaking equipment
  • An experienced, fun local guide
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock


  • Allow approximately 2 hours duration for the whole experience


  • The Nuggets Rd, Ahuriri Flat 9271, New Zealand


  • Minimum age: 5
  • Under 14 years must be with a capable adult

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Minimum age: 5 -14 year olds must share a kayak with a capable adult.

Available Bookings from May 26 to June 01

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

Sunrise Tour
Sun 26 May
Mon 27 May
Tue 28 May
Wed 29 May
Thu 30 May
Fri 31 May
Sat 1 Jun

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  • Per Person$70.00

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Jonathan from Switzerland wrote on 19 January 2019

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Perfect place for kayaking

The rocks of Nugget point is a very spectacular landscape, probably the best place for kayaking in the Catlins! There are a of birds including some albatross and some small blue pinguins and it is nice to see the fur seal colony from the sea. The guide knows everything about the area and about the wildlife.

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Victoria Smith from United Kingdom wrote on 03 March 2019

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The best kayak tour on the South Island

Jarad was an awesome guide and showed us the best of Nugget points wildlife and was very knowledgable about the kelp and other aspects of the coast we were exploring. The equipment was great, all in great condition. We had a wonderful time and saw seals swimming, a blue penguin and an albatross all within meters of our kayak!

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Holly from New Zealand wrote on 23 October 2018

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Amazing kayaking

Had a great time kayaking along the coast at Nugget Point - beautiful sunrise and although we weren't lucky enough to see the yellow-eyed penguins going out there were plenty of other seabirds, seals and sea-lions around. Getting to see the sunrise from the water, kayak around the nuggets and look up at the lighthouse made for an amazing start to the day. Well worth getting up so early for!

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Kayla Wade from Australia wrote on 04 July 2018

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Highly recommend!

Way better than expected, Jared was super friendly and we felt completely safe the entire trip. Literally saw everything; penguins, dolphins, seals and lots of birds. Can't say enough good things about this tour, it was amazing!!

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Messina from New Zealand wrote on 05 June 2018

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Kayaking in the wilderness.

Such an awesome experience. Seeing the wildlife in its natural environment with Mother Nature all around you. So must to for people who love the great outdoors, a sense of adventure and enjoy the real environment and everything if has to offer.

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