About Us


NZ Kayaker is owned and operated by fanatical kayaker Tim Taylor. Growing up in the Bay Of Plenty, Tim fell in love with the sport of kayaking at high school, where he was fortunate enough to discover whitewater slalom. Being trained by some of the best kayakers in the world, he contributes his success to these early role models and technical grounding .

Returning to Tauranga after study, travel, and life experience, Tim set himself the challenge of becoming the first person to kayak around the whole coastline of New Zealand solo. Nearly 3 years and close to 10’000 kilometers later, he completed his goal and had grown into one of New Zealand’s top ocean kayakers.

With the kayaking lifestyle, salt spray, and love for his region firmly ingrained, Tim decided to open up his kayaking shed to the public and NZ Kayaker was born. Tim and NZ Kayaker is now supported by a range of great companies so keep an eye out for the products he uses, as he states "If I can't break it, then it must be good!"

NZ Kayaker Details

Summer Season: roughly Christmas - end of March every day
Summer Hours: 7am-7pm every day (including holidays)

Winter Season: May - Christmas
Winter Hours: by appointment. Glow worm tours run every night, all other tours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only

Email: tim@nzkayaker.com
Phone: +64 27 668 9904

Tim's Achievements….

  • New Zealand Junior Slalom Team 2003-04
  • First Solo Circumnavigation of NZ by kayak
  • Guinness World Record - 24 Hour Ocean Kayaking World Record - 209km  
  • Bachelor Viticulture and Oenology
  • Author of “A Complete Guide to New Zealand Kayak Fishing”
  • Viking Kayaks Kayak Fishing Athlete.
  • Lowrance Kayak Fishing Athlete