Family fun kayak tours

Family fun canoe tours

Find out more about the beautiful world we live in on a family canoe tour. (Kayaks also available). This tour is tailored for all ages and no prior padding experience is necessary. You will be given tuition on  the use of your kayaks or canoes before departure and helped every step of the way.

The tour is all about fun and enjoyment rather than a set destination. Hear about Jim, the little boy who discovered the site of the first Maori village in New Zealand. See the birds and other wildlife that live in a wetland environment. Hear about the extinct bird the moa which was as tall as a human and once grazed in Marlborough. You can see what a moa might have looked like in the wetland.

Have a picnic afternoon or morning tea on the riverside. Afterwards you can feed our alpacas. Great fun for the whole family.


Per adult NZ$80
Per child 16 to 8 years NZ$30.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Maximum number: 6

Minimum number:
No minimum number but total cost must exceed $180 or a surcharge will be added to round it up this amount.


Three hours, plus one hour preparation before the tour.


What to bring:
You will receive detailed information on what to bring and were to find us at time of booking.


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Enjoying family time at the white baiter's driftwood shelter.

Child kayaking
Paddling the canoe. great fun!

“I would recommend this amazing Eco river trip for all ages” Adele Bissell, Blenheim.


Times below are an example only, please contact us for the best time for your tour for maximum enjoyment.

10.00am You will be given a thorough safety briefing before departure and given a brief description of your tour.

10.15am Short lesson on basic paddling on the river edge and practice paddle up and down in front of the launching site. 

10.30am Canoe the winding Opawa river, you maybe lucky enough to see royal spoonbill, shags (cormorants) and other wetland birds.

11.20am Have a riverside picnic of a drink and homemade muffin.

11.40am return to the canoes for the paddle home. Have some fun games in the canoes depending on the age of the children.

12.30pm Make landing at kayak launching site.

You are welcome to walk our eight hectare wetland after your tour and eat a byo picnic at our picnic site after the tour.

Our tours are customised, the above schedule is a guide only.


• Current health and safety certification with Outdoors mark a New Zealand accredited auditing company.
• 2 roomy, stable double 'Mad River' canoes. (Double kayaks also available). 
• Homemade Picnic oat and date muffins, local fruit. (food may vary slightly, dietary allergies and dislikes catered for by prior arrangement).
• Juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate drink to keep the family hydrated.
• Walk in our eight hectare wetland after the tour.
• Free pot of alpaca food to hand feed to our alpacas.
• You are welcome to use our wetland picnic area after your tour.
• Mathias Jespersen will be your guide. Mathias is our qualified kayak guide from Demark. Last season he ran dog sleds in Alaska. Ask him about his adventurous life.
• One tree is planted for every tour to offset our carbon footprint. You can visit our eight hectare covenanted wetland.