Nuggets Wildlife 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.


  • Observe rare and endangered wildlife - albatross, fur seal, sea lion, cormorant and perchance the elephant seal or dolphin
  • The Catlins largest fur seal and cormorant colonies
  • Breath-taking scenery, including 'The Nuggets'
  • Knowledgeable guide with over twenty years experience in and around this coast
  • Prior kayaking experience is not necessary

We set a leisurely course along the coastline, viewing the rocky islets that give you a sense of scale only achievable by kayak. Your experienced guide will seek out the rare and endangered wildlife that inhabit this area. You’ll watch the steady activity of the fur seal colony as they play between the water and rocky shore. You’ll marvel at the albatross if it comes in close and we’ll scan the sky for the vast number of sea birds flying above. The sea lion may roar below us, a dolphin porpoise past or a blue penguin dart by. From the wave eroded rocks referred to as ‘The Nuggets’, we’ll see the envious visitors high above at The Nugget Point Lighthouse before we journey back to our historical launching bay.

Trail time: 3 hour experience

Paddle time: 2.5 hours

9am–12pm or 2pm–5pm

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

Please note - participants must make their own way to the departure location.

Adult $125.00
Child $85.00 (5 - 14 years)

What's included

  • All essential kayaking equipment
  • Paddle Jacket
  • Spray Skirt


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • The Nuggets Rd, Ahuriri Flat 9271, New Zealand


  • Minimum age: 5
  • Under 14 years must share a kayak 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 in the open ocean, Catlins Kayak and Adventure Ltd reserves the right to cancel any trip. We will do our best to reschedule at a time that suits, 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. Catlins Kayak and Adventure is responsible for all company equipment. 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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Léon from New Zealand wrote on 24 February 2021

Perfect trip

We really enjoyed our trip! We had a mint day, with perfect weather. The guide Jared really took the time to fill you in about the history, wildlife and area. We totally loved it!

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Jill Stewart from New Zealand wrote on 28 February 2020


Brilliant and personalized

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codyf from New Zealand wrote on 08 January 2020


Such an amazing experience! Lots of seals, sea lions and albatross. Jared was a great, experienced and knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend this to others.

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John Fawcett from New Zealand wrote on 01 August 2019


This is a kayaking trip to tell your friends and family about. No, really, it is. We have kayaked in Glacier Bay, Tahoe, Able Tasman, and other places and each has its own special character. Here, at Nugget Point, we kayaked in seas that come across the oceans from the deep south. Indeed, off the end of Nugget Point the next landfall is Antartica. But on this absolutely glorious mid winter morning the sea was calm (Southern Ocean calm - just a gentle southern swell) and the sun shone out of a blue sky. Jared, our guide, really knows his stuff. He is a local, from a commercial fishing background right off Nugget Point, and he knows these seas. His kayaks are professionally maintained and well equipped. He has all the gear essential for safety, plus commercial grade communications equipment in case of emergency. You can feel very confident in his abilities. The seascape out on the ocean is magnificent. The colour of the water is not easy to describe, but is immersive and refreshing. Southern Albatrosses checked us out, on the rocks the fur seals basked in the sun and other species of birds flocked on the rocks. We were out for 3 hours and could have stayed another 3. Some days are just like this, perfect for a particular experience, and this was one of this days. Thanks Jared for the trip.

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Karlie Willmot from New Zealand wrote on 16 June 2019

Breathtaking and Intimate

What a great day out on the water. It was only myself and my boyfriend. We were on birthday weekend getaway from Queenstown. Visiting Nugget Point before we were interested in taking a tour from the water and it beat all expectations. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We seen penguins, albatross, fur seals and sea lions. The weather was perfect and the sea conditions weren't half bad either. it was nice knowing our host offered a full refund if conditions weren't up too standard. I have told all my friends about this experience and look forward to doing it again in the future.

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