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Address: 29 Cornwall Place | Tata beach, Takaka 7183, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-525 9095
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Golden Bay Kayaks is one of the best little kayak companies in New Zealand,...

Golden Bay Kayaks is one of the best little kayak companies in New Zealand, situated in one of the best kayaking destinations in the world, which is why it is such a popular destination for all kayakers from beginners to the more experienced.

They specialise in kayak rentals for a half day, full day or the popular 'paddle the length of the Abel Tasman', the only company that will allow this.

The Guided tours are a simple, no fuss, high value experience where the personal touch makes the half day spent on the water a memorable experience. Perfect for those that have not kayaked before or very little or for those keen to learn about the Northern end of the Abel Tasmans rich history, geology and wildlife.

Stand Up Paddle boards available and the easily accessible Tata Islands is a fantastic destination to explore the close up nature of islands. They are the closest sea kayak company to the Abel Tasman National Park.

An extra bonus at the end(or start) of the day is the great coffee and ice cream....PERFECT!

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Brilliant introduction

Never done kayaking before and we had the best time. Amazing to get so close to islands and sea life, and got a really good feel for kayaking. Nathaniel was fantastic, really... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never done kayaking before and we had the best time. Amazing to get so close to islands and sea life, and got a really good feel for kayaking. Nathaniel was fantastic, really knowledgeable, interesting and friendly, and stayed around to recommend places to us in Golden Bay afterwards.

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thanks Mark! Fantastic to have you here, hopefully see you again. warm regards Lisa and Tony More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky to get a calm day on the ocean after a number of days of bad weather. Nathaniel the guide was very helpful, knowledgeable and obviously loves his job. I tripped getting out of the kayak and my poor mobile phoned got a soaking. I'm happy to report that it dried out and has been reborn. My tip... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

That is fantastic news about your phone Grant. We offer everyone a dry bag for their cameras and phone and is very good insurance to use one. It was lovely to have you here and hope to see you again one day. Lisa and Tony More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The staff were fantastic and we enjoyed an amazing trip kayaking out into the Abel Tasman park area. We saw wild penguins, seals, dolphins, and cormorants. We also rented paddle boards one day from the company and had a great time paddling the bay.

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Lovely review, thank you! Its a special place to be and one of the best places in the world to paddle board. Hopefully see you again soon! Lisa and Tony More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Our group of 9 had originally booked on Wednesday to do this trip, but the wind was up, so we were advised to rebook for Friday or Saturday. I was impressed from the outset at that decision as it showed safety was a priority for these guys. Saturday was a stunner! Beautiful calm water and Nathaniel our guide made the... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We love having families on the water with us, there is a lot to see. Hopefully see you again soon one day in the near future! Lisa and Tony More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our hotel suggested that we use Golden Bay Kayaks when we said we wanted to kayak around Abel Tasman. We were skeptical since we hadn't thoroughly researched our alternatives, but we were also tired after a nine hour drive, so we took their advice. Even though it was dreary and a bit rainy when the kayak tour started in the... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for the honest and thoughtful review. It is a surprise for some that there is a kayak company in Golden Bay and even more of a surprise that we are the closest kayak company to the Abel Tasman(750m!). Thank you so much for visiting us and for writing a lovely review. Lisa and Tony More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I was in a single Kayak that did the half day guided tour. Our young tour guide was knowledgeable about the birds, sea life and history of the area. We stopped at a beach for morning tea of hot chocolate, tea coffee and muffins. The conditions were a bit windy but the kayaking was not too strenuous. I would highly... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to come and visit us and write a lovely and informative review, it is really appreciated. Happy Adventures Lisa and Tony More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We had a great morning with the folks at Golden Bay Kayaks, and I happily recommend them even if you are not experienced with sea kayaking. We made a booking for a 1/2 day guided kayak trip and received a friendly reply straightaway. Our guide, Nathaniel, was awesome. He had so much knowledge about the wildlife and the history of... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for such a beautifully written review. We are very proud of our guides and the product they deliver. Being residents of Golden Bay, they are all staunchly proud of their roots. Thank you once again and we hope to see you again. Lisa and Tony More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Upon arrival in Pohara, it was way too windy to kayak. We had a window the following day, however, and rented a couple kayaks for the family. The staff was very pleasant and helpful and committed to making sure we all had a great time. The kayaking was beautiful! About an hour into our adventure, the wind kicked up and... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a valuable review. We really appreciate the thoughtful reviews that our tripadvisor whanau write. Lisa and Tony More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We went here to find out about hiring skirts for our kayak at our Bach close by, which we thought didn't have any that came with it (later to find out we already had some). A lady called Sharon greeted us with a smile and had her dog Yana there with her. She was so friendly and nice and gave... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

You rock! This is why we do what we do and love it. Thanks for taking the time to share the love. Lisa and Tony More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We took a half day kayaking tour with Tony to explore the northern part of the Abel Tasman national park and got treated to a wealth of wildlife action like no other! Shag fishing, Feeding their babies and flying over our heads, seals sleeping, swimming and eating Octopus, Oyster Catchers,... Incredible! The (almost) unspoiled northern part of the National Park... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Kayaks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fabulous and informative review. It was wonderful to have you on the water with us and look forward to seeing you again. Good luck with all your adventures!! regards Lisa More 

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