Kayak Hire Papatowai - The Catlins - 1 or 2 Hours


Explore a hidden gem as you hire a kayak for one or two hours and paddle through the beautiful Papatowai waters...


  • Perfect for beginners or families looking to explore close to Papatowai
  • Find your own little coastal beach or have a paddle on the peaceful Tahakopa River
  • Keep an eye out for native birds and local wildlife along the way!
  • Safety is paramount - you will be provided with local river knowledge, maps and a full safety briefing
  • Very comfortable and stable kayaks, designed and built in NZ

Explore the nearby coastal beaches or have a paddle on the peaceful Tahakopa river - the choice is all yours.

The location is simply stunning with the rivers and sandy beaches lined in rich Podocarp forest - home to an abundance of local native birds and wildlife.

You will enjoy the pure quiet and peacefulness of the area out on the water and appreciate nature at its finest.

Meet at our Papatowai kayak sheds for a safety briefing where you will be provided with paddling instruction, maps and local river knowledge. Safety is paramount and you will have everything you need before heading off on the water.

Our Kayaks are very comfortable and incredibly stable, you have the option to choose between the Fortress Double, Phantom Single or both! this hire option is perfect for beginners, families or those a little short on time just looking to explore close to Papatowai.

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.

2 Hour Double Kayak $59.00
2 Hour Single Kayak $45.00
1 Hour Double Kayak $40.00
1 Hour Single Kayak $30.00

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


  • 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.


  • 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.

    Price is per kayak. Double kayak hire is for up to 2 persons.

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

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


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Shantelle Philp from New Zealand wrote on 28 December 2019

Wonderful activity wonderful guide!

Highly reccomend whether you are experienced or new to the activity as we were! Friendly and knowledgable staff that thoroughly explain everything from the use of the kayaks to the routes that are suitable to take, equipment was in great condition and felt very safe and comfortable with instructions. The location is perfect, paradise ducks along the way and watching the little fish swim off from the banks was pretty cool too. Great activity for those who love the water heaps of scenery wildlife and trees and greenery to photograph. Well worth the money and time

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christinem8 from Australia wrote on 09 October 2019

Splendid Serenity!

Thanks so much for having us! Such friendly service, brilliant local tips and knowledge and quality kayaks and safety jackets. The kayak itself was the definition of scenic serenity- quiet, calm, gorgeous and easy to navigate the river. Highly recommend!

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ayc from Chile wrote on 16 March 2019

Amazing experience

Amazing view , we could watch a deal fishing and swiming next to us. Dramatic view and the best guide that we could have , very friendly. Recommended

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jolos from New Zealand wrote on 21 February 2019


It was fun and exciting. They were really friendly. We had trouble coming back because the wind change, but they came to save us. Still going back here for kayak experience.

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Thanks Jolo, it certainly was an experience and a fun day, you were all such a happy group! see you again, Mick & Deb

joseyp from United States wrote on 25 January 2019

Great location to kayak

Mick was super friendly, flexible and knowledgeable. Beautiful area to kayak in. I'm definitely glad that I included this in my travel plans!

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