Kayaking, Canoeing and Rafting Guide

by TrueNZ Guides


Nelson kayaking, canoeing and rafting

About Nelson, New Zealand

Be spoilt for choice here! The Nelson region is renowned for its arts & crafts, fine orchards, vineyards and superb seafood. And that’s just to start with!

There is the outstanding Able Tasman National Park with its acclaimed walking track and sea kayaking opportunities; the lovely semi alpine village of St. Arnaud, base for the Nelson Lakes National Park and nearby ski fields.

Enjoy the massive expanse of beach at Tahunanui and watch the sun set over the Tasman Mountains.

Nelson itself is perhaps best described as a “Boutique City” with fine shopping and many excellent restaurants. Be sure to see the fantastic Wearable Arts Museum too.

The highly scenic drive over “The Hill” to the township of Takaka and the Golden Bay will definitely reward you. An excursion right out to the lighthouse on Farewell Spit may well be the highlight of your entire trip.

Abel Tasman Kayaks

Abel Tasman National Park area

Abel Tasman National Park

Sea kayaking is the best way to explore the beautiful coast of the Abel Tasman National Park. Many of the golden beaches, sparkling lagoons and idyllic islands can only be reached by water.

Abel Tasman Kayak offers you a large range of kayaking and walking options, either fully catered or BYO food. You can join a qualified local guide or go independent with a rental kayak. All guides are SKOANZ qualified or approved. Our custom-built kayak base is set-up to assist your trip preparations, to provide back-up support and a warm welcome home. There is safe car parking and storage fo

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Phone: +64 3 527 8022
Freephone: 0800 732 529
Address: Marahau Beach, RD2 Motueka


The Sea Kayak Company


40 minutes drive from Nelson

Peter and Maureen and the S.K.C team of experienced guides run kayak adventures in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.

We have tours ranging from half day trips, paddle/hikes, 2 and 3 day paddles to a five day guided fully catered experience. As well as offering freedom rentals for the experienced paddler.

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Phone: 03 528 7251
Freephone: 0508 25 29 25
Mobile (and SMS): 027 229 40 50
Address: 506 High Street, Motueka, Nelson


Cable Bay Kayaks

Other Rural Nelson

20 minutes north of Nelson

Specialists in guided day and half-day sea kayak tours catered to your needs. Explore Pepin Island's intricate coastline, caves, waterfalls and marine wildlife.

"The most diverse paddle the region has to offer".

Experienced local guides - safety equipment and snorkelling gear provided.
We also run Nelson's only sea kayak instruction course - An Introduction To Safe Sea Kayaking.

Cable Bay Kayaks are full members of Sea Kayak Operators Association N.Z.(S.K.O.A.N.Z.) and meet or exceed all safety requirements.

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Phone: +64 3 545 0332
Mobile (and SMS): 025 231 2594
Address: Cable Bay Rd. Nelson.





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