This tour is all about the Seals and Birdsong. A trip with all the trimmings. We start with a Sea Shuttle cruise to Anchorage beach and then head south in our kayaks, finishing at Kaiteriteri by late afternoon. Check out the Seals, Birdsong, Caves and Split Apple Rock. Packed with highlights!

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$175 Adult

Trip Itinerary 

Like the name suggests, this trip has all the trimmings. A one-way tour, exploring the coast between Anchorage in the north and Kaiteriteri in the south. Check-in at the Kaiteriteri Kayak office at 8.30am then embark on the 9.00am Sea Shuttle for a scenic cruise up to Anchorage. Some of the many highlights include exploring lagoons, paddling with the seals at Adele Island, visiting Te Pukatea Bay, the Mad Mile and stopping on Fisherman’s or Adele Island. Plenty of time to explore the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead and paddle with the Seals at Adele Island Wildlife Santuary. Sit back in your kayak, close your eyes and listen to the chorus of birdsong such as the 'South Island Robin' and the South Island Saddleback', one of the worlds rarest birds. We then check out Split Apple Rock on the last run home. Something else that makes this tour special is that we paddle in the same direction as the predominant wind; the sea breeze. It makes for a great day with some opportunities for some great sailing opportunities when the weather permits.

This tour requires a reasonable amount of fitness as it is the longest paddling day on the water......

Please note: This itinerary is an outline only. Your guide may decide to vary this program based on their judgement of weather and sea conditions and client ability/fitness levels.


  • Conditions Longest day on the water with the most paddling
  • Food Fully catered – Packed lunch
  • Paddling Approx 4.5hrs with various breaks
  • Walking None
  • Sailing If conditions permit
  • Water Taxi 1 water taxi trip
  • Check-in 8:30am at Kaiteriteri Base
  • Briefing About 25 mins
  • Duration 8.30am – 4:30pm
  • Return 4.30pm back at Kaiteriteri
  • Age Limit 12+ years

Open Season

Open all year round apart from Xmas Day.


  • Adult $175

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include sales tax (GST).

What You Need to Bring

Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, warm top (wool or fleece), T-shirt, shorts, swimsuit, comfortable footwear, wind jacket, camera, change of clothes and water, additional snack food (for those of you that get hungry through the day).

What We Supply

Top quality kayak, life jackets, paddles, spray skirts, dry bags for cameras, detailed maps, safety briefing and guide.

We also supply hot chocolate, fresh ground coffee, tea and biscuits and lunch!

Flora and Fauna

Increased time on the water improves the chance of random encounters with sea-life. Experience shows we are more likely to sight dolphins on this tour than any other. Seals live at the back of Adele Island for most of the year. We also pass a couple of Cormorant colonies along the way. Places such as Stilwell Bay are guide-favourites to be shared with you, as we paddle around distinctive caves and arches, surrounded by bright green tree-ferns. Adele Island is now part of a stoat-trapping program to help revive native bird populations. The views from this island track aren’t too bad either!


Region History

Once there were about 500 permanent Maori inhabitants here. And at that time, there were about 14 hectares of cultivated soil in this area. The Maori gardeners added gravel and charcoal, to improve the drainage, warmth and soil temperature. In 1827, a French explorer called Dumont d’Urville sailed in the “Astrolabe” and dropped anchor in what is now known as the Astrolabe Roadstead. Adele Island he named after his wife. You may notice a number of other French names he gave, shown on today’s maps. Unlike some explorers, d’Urville got on well with the locals. These Maori folk, on what d’Urville called Observation Beach, were living in huts and are said to have provided d’Urville with food and shelter. Fresh water was taken at Watering Cove. d’Urville nearly came to grief exploring the area around Apple Tree Bay. Seeing the low tides, he sent his boat back to Observation, not realizing the large tidal range in the area. (It can be up to 4.7 metres). d’Urville had to scramble through thick bush and rocky ledges to make it back to Observation, many hours later. Some years later, the first European settlers got established here, with names like Tinline, McNabb and Askew. Marahau was once the base for the Sandy Bay Marble Company, established in 1911. It must have been challenging work for the staff: the marble blocks high above on the Takaka Hill descended 400 metres by wire cable, and on a railroad with gradients up to 1:2. They must have had good braking system’s! Over 5000 tons of this stone was hewn, and away it went to construct Parliament Buildings in Wellington.