Your guided kayak tour begins with a short lesson on basic paddling and an assisted launch from the river edge. There will be time for a practice paddle before you are on your way.
Enjoy the freedom of kayaking down the slow Opawa river viewing wildlife such as royal spoonbill, white faced heron and other wading birds. Where the Opawa River joins the larger Wairau River you will make landing at the sand island which is a popular bird roost for terns and oyster catchers. Here you will have a short break, a drink and homemade muffin and hear about the stories of this fascinating area from your kayak guide.
Next we will head into the Wairau Lagoon, an expansive shallow waterway. We paddle under the cormorant colony tree which is a great chance to photograph these beautiful birds where they nest.
We then cross the channel to the boulder bank were we relax and enjoy a homemade picnic outside the historic home of the Perano family, here you guide will tell you the story of Jim Eyles who once lived here and how as a boy discovered the archaeological evidence of New Zealand's first known human settlement.
Return to kayaks for return journey up the Opawa River with panoramic views of the Richmond Ranges and Wither Hills.
We vary our tour departure and finish time to work with the tide and sunrise and sunset times, when you book we will advise you the best time to tour for wildlife and ease of paddling.