Frequently Asked Questions
Seven days a week from October – May except Christmas Day. However, please do bear in mind that our trips operate on an “on demand” basis, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate.
Our tours start at 8.30am. Timings are weather and tide dependant, your guide will confirm timings upon booking confirmation.
Please note that we are not equipped to offer credit card payment on the day of your tour as there is little to no mobile reception at Cable Bay Beach. Payment either via our booking system or alternatively you can please bring cash with you to pay for your tour.
As all our trips are guided, experience is not required as all relevant instruction is provided.
Yes, all our tours are guided. Our guide is an experienced sea-kayaker and has a wealth of local knowledge.
A minimal level of fitness is required for sea kayaking trips. The pace is always adjusted to suit the group and we have frequent comfort stops.
No. The area has a hidden reef, open seas, currents, winds and is tidal – all of which can make kayaking dangerous. Also, many of the highlights we visit are hard to locate. Because of these factors we don’t hire kayaks, but ensure you’re kept safe with our experienced kayak guides.
Yes. Bookings are a must! Trips may be already fully booked or sea conditions may be unsuitable.
Please note: If weather conditions are deemed unsuitable by the guide, we will postpone or cancel your trip. This is in the interest of your safety. A full refund will be given.
We meet on the far end of Cable Bay Beach, closest to Pepin Island. Travelling from Nelson you turn left off State Highway onto Cable Bay Rd.
Often we are told by visitors that rain days are fantastic. If weather conditions are deemed unsuitable a decision will be made by the operations manager.
Your feet will get wet as you enter the kayak from the water. Spray skirts are provided to keep the sea out of your kayak. However, some people may get wet when sitting from the small amount of water transferred as you enter the kayak, or if the spray skirt is not properly attached.
We require a minimum of 2 people and generally ‘cap’ the group at 8 people (4 kayaks including the one you’re in). We know nature is best experienced alone or in small groups.
We have a vehicle which we lock up and leave at Cable Bay beach. You’re welcome to leave things in the vehicle, however this is at your own risk.
We recommend you stay at one of the local B&Bs/homestays or at the beach campground.
Summer approx 20C
Winter approx 14C
We use double kayaks on all our guided tours as the extra stability in a variety of sea conditions ensures steady progress.
We know plans can change, and allow cancellations up to 48 hours in advance. If you’ve passed the 48 hour window we ask that you pay 50% of your booking, as this covers the loss of others missing out on a trip due to your booking.
We provide water, tea and coffee with a small snack for the tour. However, we do recommend buying food in Nelson/Picton or Blenheim as local shopping is limited to a small convenience store in Hira. Especially if you are considering staying in Cable Bay overnight or afterwards.
We provide dry bags for cameras and the kayaks have a safe waterproof hull for storage. Please note you are responsible for any loss or damage while using your camera.
Double kayaks ensure this is very unlikely however our safety briefings cover capsize drill as a safety precaution.
If weather conditions are deemed unsuitable by the guide, we will cancel or postpone your trip. This is in the interest of your safety. A full refund will be given.
Refunds will not be given for ‘no-shows’. You must contact us at least 48 hours before departure, if you need to cancel, in order to receive a refund.