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Kayak Hire Papatowai - The Catlins - Half Day

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Discover a little slice of untouched paradise as you kayak down the hidden waterways of Papatowai...

Highlights

  • Explore the sandy coastal bays surrounded by lush Podocarp forest
  • Experience scenic reserves only accessible by the water
  • Soak up the peace and serenity of the Tahakopa and Maclennen Rivers
  • Spot the native birds and local wildlife
  • Local river knowledge, maps and a full safety briefing provided
  • Glide through the water on our Phoenix kayaks, designed and built in NZ

Take our comfortable Kayaks out for a self guided tour of the breathtaking Papatowai estuary, Tahakopa Bay, Tahakopa & MacLennan rivers.

With over 25km's of estuary and rivers to explore, there is plenty to discover!

You will be well supported with paddling instruction, maps and a full safety briefing along with local river knowledge to make sure you get the most out of the experience.

Meet at our kayak shed in Papatowai for the safety briefing before heading out on the water for your adventure! From here the choice is yours, explore the sandy coastal bays surrounded by lush Podocarp forest or head upstream on the peaceful rivers. Either way you will surely spot an abundance of native birds and local wildlife, so remember to bring that camera!

We offer two New Zealand made kayaks to choose from, the "Fortress Double" and "Phantom Single". These kayaks are very comfortable and incredibly stable, you will be gliding through the water with ease! Perfect for those looking for a relaxing morning or afternoon out on the water, this region is set to surprise even the most seasoned of explorers!

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
  • Over 25kms of estuary and river to paddle and explore

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours duration for the whole experience

Restrictions

  • 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.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.

Available Bookings from February 16 to February 22

Change Dates

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

8:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Sat 16 Feb
Sun 17 Feb
Mon 18 Feb
Tue 19 Feb
Wed 20 Feb
Thu 21 Feb
Fri 22 Feb

6spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$49.00
  • Single Kayak$41.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$41.40
  • Single Kayak$33.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$49.00
  • Single Kayak$41.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$62.00
  • Single Kayak$49.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$49.00
  • Single Kayak$41.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$62.00
  • Single Kayak$49.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$69.00
  • Single Kayak$55.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$69.00
  • Single Kayak$55.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$62.00
  • Single Kayak$49.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Double Kayak$69.00
  • Single Kayak$55.00

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Anabelle Lavoie from New Zealand wrote on 14 February 2019

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Highly recommend!

We had such a nice day on the water! It’s a very nice activity to explore the Catlins! I strongly recommend it! 🙂

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Vincent Ruijter from Netherlands wrote on 30 January 2019

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Great day on the water!

We had a wonderfull day kayaking on the river! The lady is very welcoming and helpful. Equipment amazing! Strongly recommanded.

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Alix from France wrote on 30 December 2018

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Awsome experience !

This is a fantastic way to explore this part of the catlins. We took the half day option. We had the pristine river for ourselves! Heaps of birds to spot. On top of that the owners are super friendly and have a lot of knowledge about the area. The kayaks are brand new and made in NZ! So don't hesitate!!

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From Kayak Hire Papatowai - The Catlins - Half Day

Thanks Alix, we are happy you both enjoyed your Papatowai exploring! all the best Mick & Deb

Johanna from United Kingdom wrote on 22 December 2018

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Well organised and fun activity

great kayaks and paddles. Lovely people. Best to enquire and go at high tide.

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From Kayak Hire Papatowai - The Catlins - Half Day

Thanks Johanna we hope your Catlins discoveries are going well, all the best Mick & Deb

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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