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

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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • High chance of spotting Yellow Eyed Penguins as they make their way to the water
  • 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: 6-8am (The tour time varies throughout the season, we will confirm the time upon booking)

Allow 2 hour total duration, approx. 1 hour 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 you should cancel within 14 days written notice a full refund will apply. If cancellation occurs within 2 days Catlins Kayak and Adventure would retain 50%. 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

Duration

  • Allow approximately 2.0 hours duration for the whole experience

Restrictions

  • 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.

Notes

  • Minimum age: 10-14 year olds must share a kayak with a capable adult

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

Change Dates

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

Sunrise Tour
Thu 13 Dec
Fri 14 Dec
Sat 15 Dec
Sun 16 Dec
Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$75.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$85.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$80.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$75.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$85.00

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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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Denise from New Zealand wrote on 15 February 2018

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Denise

Jared explained the safety drill clearly before we headed out . He has great knowledge of the area and is quick to point out wildlife. I Absolutely loved the tour, a great way to view the nuggets, the sunrise was awesome, we were right on time to see the penguins, we got close to the cliffs to see the royal spoonbills and terns Kayaking through the nuggets and Looking up to the lighthouse is amazing I will definitely be going out again

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Winni O from Germany wrote on 29 January 2018

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Really nice tour, very personal

We loved the tour. Equipment is brand new, the tour is really small and personal (we were alone with our guide, I think max group size is 6), and we saw penguins and fur seals :-)

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