Dobbe Double Sea Kayak
Our Kayaks are designed by the talented John Dobbe, who has many kayak designs under his belt. The "Dobbe Double" is closed-in style kayak it is incredibly stable and glides along.
We use this type of kayak for freedom rental and guided tours.
It has three hatches with large storage capacity all with neoprene and covers that keep them waterproof. It is a challenge for our freedom rentals to fill the hatch!
And yes, all our boats have silly names such as Tiki, Jellyfish, Spongebob, Splash, Fishwobble and Nemo.
Easy to paddle and easy to turn, easy to handle.
Some people prefer to have an open feeling rather than be enclosed like in the sea kayaks above. These kayaks are very stable, but still quite fast. They are also suitable for children or child-adult combinations. We have doubles and singles of different sizes for adults and children.
Why choose us
To escape the congestion
Golden Bay is the gateway to the Northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. There is just nobody around! No people, no water taxis, no other sea kayaking companies...
To paddle the entire length of the Abel Tasman National Park
From Golden Bay to Marahau. No other company allows you to do this. One way rentals are possible as we will pick up your kayak from Totaranui, Marahau or Kaiteriteri for a fee.
A comprehensive safety briefing
Your safety is paramount. Whether you are renting a sit-on-top for an hour, a double kayak for half a day, or embarking on a full Abel Tasman traverse, you will recieve a safety briefing. This ensures your saftey and gives you confidence.
Flares and maps are provided.
Freedom rental packages in the Abel Tasman National Park will be provided with mandatory safety equipment along with a PLB (personal locator beacon) or Spot Tracker
Explore fantastic Golden Bay
Golden Bay is a unique corner of New Zealand. It has stunning scenery with diverse ecology and people. Enjoy arts, crafts and great cafés. Start by exploring About Golden Bay and you will be wanting to make Golden Bay your destination.
To secure your booking we require a credit card number. Normally no money is taken from this card and full payment is made on the day of your kayaking. The credit card details are only used in the case of cancellation or no show by the customer.
Cancellation By Golden Bay Kayaks
If the sea and wind conditions make kayaking unsafe we will cancel the launching of freedom rentals and guided tours. This is our decision. No charge is made in this situation. Please note that we do run tours and freedom rentals in cloudy and showery weather.
Cancellation By Customer
Guided tours and freedom rentals
Cancellation within 24 hours of departure; the full amount will be deducted from your credit card.
All other cancellations will incur a 10% cancellation/administration fee.
Once a freedom kayak rental has commenced a refund may not be given if clients return before the hire period has finished.
Cancellation Due to Clients Skills
If it is evident during the briefing that a client does not have the skills required for an independent hire, then Golden Bay Kayaks reserve the right to cancel a client's rental before departure (e.g they cannot carry out a kayak re-entry). A charge may be made for briefing time and administration.
We recommend you take out travel insurance that covers adventure activities such as sea kayaking.