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Our Tiaki Promise

New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here is responsible for looking after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and future generations.

By following the Tiaki promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand. To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

We realise we have a part to play in looking after our backyard. We will endeavour to showcase our commitment to the Tiaki Promise as well as undertake beach clean-ups as a team.

Show your Support by following these Tiaki Promise guidelines

  • Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace.
  • Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all.
  • Respect culture, and travel with an open heart and mind.

Show your support and use the hashtag #tiakipromise, if you would like more info please visit Tiaki website.


Kaitiakitanga has been described as guardianship or protection.

The basic meaning of ‘take’ is to guard, but depending on the context in which it is used, it also means to preserve, keep, conserve, nurture, protect and watch over. The prefix ‘kai’ with the verb ‘tiaki’ denotes the agent of the action of ‘tiaki’. Therefore, a kaitiaki is a guardian, keeper, preserver, conservator or protector. The addition of ‘tanga’ denotes preservation, conservation and protection.

Seal Kayak Kaikōura has a responsibility for taking care of our beautiful surroundings and natural resources, minimising the environmental impact we leave, and informing staff and customers of environmental and sustainable actions for future generations.

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Our Kayak Tours

New Zealand's first and only kayak tour of its kind. Easier, faster, hands-free, pedal or paddle Kaikōura kayaks — perfect for photos or those cheeky selfies