First Light Kayak Tour - Kaka Point, Catlins

Our small group tours give you the opportunity to view the remote Catlins Coast. You'll observe not only diverse and dramatic scenery but unique wildlife that call this place home.


  • Paddle across the seascape and watch the sunrise over the horizon
  • Observe rare and endangered wildlife - albatross, fur seal, cormorants, sea lion and perchance the yellow-eyed penguin
  • Breath-taking scenery, including 'The Nuggets'
  • The Catlins largest fur seal and cormorant colony
  • Knowledgeable guide with over twenty years experience in and around this coast
  • Prior kayaking experience is not necessary

As the sun goes up and the early morning paddle crosses the seascape, you’ll feel like the only person on the ocean, indeed a unique and authentic experience. As we head towards the breath-taking rock formations, locally known as ‘The Nuggets’, your knowledgeable guide will search for interesting and endangered wildlife to observe. The curious but playful fur seal could swim over to say hello. You may catch a glimpse of the yellow-eyed penguin or a visit from the albatross soaring in close searching for food. Once the sun is high in the sky, we’ll return to our historical launching bay.

Trail time is a two-hour experience

Paddle time is one/half hours.

Departure time is dependent on the season.

Departure between 5am and 7am. Return between 7am and 9am. This will be confirmed upon booking.

Do I have to be fit or have kayak abilities? This is a leisurely tour. Whilst the ability to swim is required, our kayaks are highly stable and suitable for first time paddlers.

Please note, you will need to make your own way to the departure location.

Adult $95.00
Child $55.00 (5 - 14 years)

What's included

  • All necessary kayaking equipment
  • Paddle jacket
  • Spray skirt


  • Allow approximately 2 hours 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.


  • Due to the nature of operating on the open ocean, Catlins Kayak and Adventure Ltd reserves the right to cancel any trip. We will do our best to reschedule otherwise a full refund will apply. In the event that you should need to cancel please make contact with us as soon as possible. Refunds will not be given within 48 hours of your tour departure time. Under all circumstances the client is solely responsible for their personal equipment. We advise all participants to consider arranging appropriate travel insurance.

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Diane Burnett from New Zealand wrote on 16 May 2021


Amazing experience watching the sun rise on a cold, frosty, clear morning. The guide was excellent.

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Joana Ashford from New Zealand wrote on 06 November 2020

Great Experience, worth the early morning

Jared was friendly and a great guide. It was great watching the sun come up. Seeing some seals play in the water and being told to get away by a sealion, who then proceeded to follow us making sure we left the sea lol. Be nice if they gave some coffee / biscuits after like I have had on other morning kayak tours, but none the less was a fantastic morning.

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Sam from New Zealand wrote on 15 March 2020

First light kayak

Very special experience! Jared is a good dude!

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Martijn from Netherlands wrote on 27 November 2019

Great Kayak tour

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the tour. You can see that Jared really loves the sea and Kayaking around. Thanks again for the wonderful experience!

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jourdenea from New Zealand wrote on 07 September 2019

Great for Beginners! A Truly Unique Experience!

Jared was a phenomenal guide and instructor. While a few of us decided to swim around instead of paddle out, Jared maintained our safety and gave amazing tours of the Kaka Point coast with its wildlife. Jared communicated well both before the tour and during the tour (we could actually hear him above the wind and surf). Definitely will bring my more athletic friends to join. If you are non-standard size, do let Jared know ahead of time.

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