Why you should kayak New Zealand this spring

As winter turns to spring and the weather warms, it’s a good time to be thinking about a New Zealand spring kayaking trip, a perfect way to immerse yourself in some of New Zealand’s most picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re looking for a day out on the water or something a little longer, there’s a trip to suit.

New Zealand Spring Kayaking

Milford Sound Sea Kayaking

As far as New Zealand spring kayaking goes, it’s hard to beat South Island’s Sounds. The stature of Milford Sound is impressive enough from a cruiser, but take to the water in a sea kayak on Milford Sound and from your lowered vantage point, the splendour of Mitre Peak is magnified. Heading out of the fiord towards the sea, you’ll feel the spray from Milford Sound’s many waterfalls on your cheeks as you spot seals basking on the sunny rocks.

New Zealand Spring Kayaking: Lady Bowen Falls, Milford Sound
Lady Bowen Falls, Milford Sound

Doubtful Sound Overnighter Kayaking

If that’s not enough, try an overnighter at Doubtful Sound. Three times longer than its more popular neighbour, a sea kayaking trip here is a chance to capture nature at her most raw. There are few places that can compare to the beauty of this remote wilderness and how better to experience it than from the water. After a day gliding past waterfalls and verdant rainforest, you can unwind alongside a freshwater stream at one of the most idyllic locations in the country.

New Zealand Spring Kayaking at Hall Arm, Doubtful Sound
Kayaking at Hall Arm, Doubtful Sound: Photo Leroy Chew / CC 2.0

Whanganbui River Great Walk

Hikers will be delighted to know that there are many opportunities for combining boots and paddles. Whanganui River has the distinction of being the only part of a Great Walk not to be land-based. From Whakahoro to Pipiriki, you’ll have to take to your canoe to fully appreciate the forested gorges – some of the best scenery North Island has to offer on a Whanganui River Canoeing Adventure. It’s a great place to take all the family.

New Zealand Spring Kayaking: Whanganui River
Whanganui River: Photo Jacqui McGowan / CC-BY-2.0

Abel Tasman Sea Kayaking

Trampers will also be drawn to Abel Tasman, where they can combine easy sea kayaking with some glorious walking in the Abel Tasman National Park. Get a taste for it on a one day tour or extend your stay to enjoy more time in the area; the walking’s easy and paddling even more so, meaning you won’t need to be an expert to linger a while.

New Zealand Spring Kayaking: Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park
Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

Queen Charlotte Track Kayak and Trek

Of course, for the ultimate combo, why not throw in a bike too? Follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps at the drowned river valley of Queen Charlotte Sound where you’ll get two different perspectives on a Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Tracking Kayak and Trek – from the 71km Queen Charlotte Track and from the sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds. Taking to the saddle enables you to cover more ground than if you were on foot, yet at a pace still sufficiently leisurely not to miss a thing.

New Zealand Spring Kayaking: Queen Charlotte Sound Sea Kayaking
Queen Charlotte Sound Sea Kayaking

About JuliaHammond

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Julia Hammond is a Geography teacher turned travel writer with a passion for places. Winning Mail Travel's Deep South competition was the catalyst to write for a diverse range of publications including Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again. She’s written Kindle guides to Cape Town, Peru and London for Unanchor and advice on Savannah for Wanderlust. When not travelling, she can be found at home in Essex planning her next trip, her two golden retrievers curled up at her feet.

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