Is New Zealand good for kayaking?

Kayaking is one of the best ways to really explore the thousands of kilometres of New Zealand’s magnificent coastline and inland waterways.

Can you kayak around New Zealand?

A guided New Zealand kayaking tour can take you anywhere from the crystal clear waters in Abel Tasman National Park to the sheltered Marlborough Sounds, or the towering grandeur of the fiords to open water safaris around, for example, the Bay of Islands and Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf(opens in new window).

Where can you kayak in NZ?

The 11 Best Places to Kayak in New Zealand

  • Abel Tasman National Park. Surrounded by forests and sheltered beaches, Abel Tasman National Park is the place to find the perfect balance between the land and the ocean.
  • Marlborough Sounds.
  • Milford Sound.
  • Lake Taupo.
  • Lake McLaren.
  • Cathedral Cove.
  • Rangitoto Island.
  • Whanganui River.

Can you bring your own kayak to Milford Sound?

Kayaking Milford Sound If you’re an experienced kayaker with your own gear, you can go kayaking on Milford Sound by yourself – but remember that you’re on open waters, pay attention to the weather forecast and be aware of boat traffic around you.

Where is the best place to kayak?

The 7 Best Kayaking Trips in the U.S. for Adventure Seekers

  • Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Sea kayakers paddling pristine waters of an inlet on the Alaska coastline.
  • Colorado River, Arizona.
  • Klamath River, California.
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine.
  • San Juan Islands, Washington.
  • Chattooga River, Georgia.

Do you have to wear a life jacket on a kayak NZ?

Only experienced, fit paddlers should use a kayak in rough water. Kayaks can easily capsize. It is essential to have buoyancy fitted to make sure it stays level so it can be re-boarded. Always wear a buoyancy-vest or life jacket designed for kayaking.

Where in New Zealand is Fiordland National Park?

South Island of New Zealand
Fiordland National Park is located on the south-west corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The townships of Te Anau and Manapouri are used as a base for exploring Fiordland and offer a wide range of accommodation options as well as restaurants, shops, services and activities.

What is the best kayak for a beginner?

The best kayaks for beginners

  • Islander Kayaks Fiesta Recycled Kayak.
  • Sun Dolphin Aruba 10.
  • Oru Kayak Beach LT.
  • Perception Pescador Pro.
  • Old Town Canoes and Kayaks Dirigo 106.
  • Ocean Kayak Malibu.
  • Sevylor Quikpak K1.
  • Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak.

Where is the best kayaking in the US?

Top Kayaking Destinations in the US

  • Juniper Run, Ocala National Forest.
  • Boundary Waters, Superior National Forest, Minnesota.
  • Snake River, Grand Teton National Park.
  • Wambaw Creek Wilderness, Francis Marion National Forest.
  • Lake Tahoe, California.
  • Colorado River.

Should you wear a lifejacket while kayaking?

From July 1 2016, all kayakers need to be wearing a lifejacket at all times. If you are paddling in the water you should wear a life jacket. Just like you need to fasten your seatbelt in a car, or wear a helmet when you get on a bike.

Should a kayak be transported upside down?

A crossbar roof rack (or “sports rack”) for your vehicle is the best method of transporting a kayak. Rotomolded kayaks can be transported on their edge or upside down (hull up) safely using kayak stackers. However, composite kayaks should always be transported on their bottom using cradles to prevent deformation.