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Take the kids kayaking on Lake Mapourika – it’s easy!

Take the kids kayaking on Lake Mapourika – it’s easy!

by | Mar 24, 2021

Are you wondering what to do with your kids outdoors on your next family holiday?  Take the kids kayaking on Lake Mapourika – it’s easy!  Lake Mapourika is one of the calm mirror lakes on the South Island’s West Coast and it’s a fantastic spot to get the kids out for paddle.  It’s completely safe and best of all our trips will create family memories to last a lifetime!  Whether you’re travelling with an infant or a teenager, we’ve got options for you on Lake Mapourika.

kid in kayak on misty lake mapourika

Morning mist on a beautiful crisp West Coast Morning!

Kayak options on Lake Mapourika


Our standard Kayak Classic and Kayak & Walk tours are easy with kids ages 3+ and we even offer a shorter tour option for any children that are less than 3 years.  Rest assured we have lifejackets that properly fit children of all sizes, and in combination with our stable boats and trained kayak experts there’s no reason you can’t relax and enjoy the ride too!

kids on walking tour on Lake Mapourika

Kids enjoying some complimentary hot chocolate and their own packed lunch on our Kayak & Walk Tour!


We’re the only Safety Audited kayaking company on the West Coast so you can relax, knowing you and your children are in good hands…

How does it work?

  • We pair kids with adults, so a family of 4 will have 1 adult and 1 child in each stable double sea kayak
  • If there’s an “odd one out” the guide take’s someone in the front of their kayak!  Talk about the best seat in the house?  This is also great as our guides are experts at entertaining, and you can guarantee that your child will finish the trip with a grin from ear to ear.
  • Teenagers can share a double kayak together, and they often surprise us with their kayak skills!
  • Believe it or not, infants can be totally happy in a kayak too.  We do offer shorter trips if you get in touch and ask us!  A trip of around 1 hour is a great taster for little paddlers to follow the shoreline and enjoy the views, often from mum or dads lap in our stable sea kayak.  What a sensory experience!
mother and child in sea kayak on lake mapourika

A beautiful moment between these two during a family tour on Lake Mapourika!


Booking a morning trips is always recommended, particularly for younger children.  The lake is a mirror lake each morning, which makes for a spectacular and EASY time of day to paddle with your kids.  Lake Mapourika is an idyllic spot for that first family kayak adventure.


Did we mention we also take photographs for you along the way?  These are emailed out FREE after the tour, so you can truly enjoy the moment…

mirror lake kayaking

If you’re ready to hit the water head over to our booking page or if you’ve got any question get in touch with one of our team!

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