Sea Kayaking in the Golden Bay

In November 2013 I spent a month on the South Island driving around by a campervan. One of the best activity I've done was sea kayaking in the Golden Bay.

The Golden Bay is a stunning place: the whole area is very much paradise like. White sandy beaches, crystal clear water, deep bush, rich population of seals and penguins, and mild climate. Golden Bay was a perfect place to relax, catch some sun and meet the locals. The legendary New Zealanders’ chill out was so obvious here!

I liked the Golden Bay so much that instead of one day I stayed there four days and I think that’s the best prove of attractiveness of this place. My accommodation at the Ratanui Lodge was excellent. This was the best thing that could happen to me in such a place: Steve – the co-owner – is amazing manager and when I told him a list of attractions I would like to plan he organized everything in 5 minutes! I felt like I don’t need to do anything, just relax and enjoy my holiday. So that was really great.

Next day, early morning I went to the near Tata Beach. A family run company Golden Bay Kayaks was a provider of one of the most spectacular attractions in New Zealand: sea kayaking. If you have never done this before I think you should try.

This activity involves so many pleasant things! Great views, proximity of the exotic flora and fauna, amazing fun when the waves are big, a variety of coast line, good company and delicious snack at the beach you can’t reach any other way!

A half day guided tour around the Abel Tasman National Park was excellent way to get closer to the nature and get in touch with the locals. Our guide – Pip – was a young girl, full of enthusiasm and joy. She showed us marvelous places where the birds, seals and penguins have their sanctuary.

We paddled around granite and limestone rocks, enjoying the waves and the sun. After 1h30 min we arrived to the sandy beautiful beach to have our lunch there. This was so thrilling!

I think that these guys are doing great job: they provide good quality equipment, including dry bags for anything you want to keep with you, and a genuine knowledge of the area. I felt totally safe with them and I could fully enjoy the time spent in the Golden Bay.