Meet the team

Tim Taylor paddling Huka Falls Tim Taylor with a kingfish caught on the Viking ReloadTim Taylor on his 24 hour world record challenge

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

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
Tim and NZ Kayaker is proud to be both sponsored and suppliers of these great brands...
20110401-112853(copy) Tim paddles the Viking Profish Profish Reload as his kayak fishing weapon
Lowrance logo Tim uses the Lowrance HDS 7 as his fish finder of choice. 
logo sharkskin(copy)(copy) Tim wears the Sharkskin clothing range for all of his kayaking adventures. 
Kokotat logodaytwo logoSupplied by DayTwo NZ, Tim wears the Kokatat kayaking range of jackets, pants, and PFD's 


What our customers say

quote Now I've stopped running I wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for your incredible guiding services to get us across the Cook Strait. You put faith in us, with a lot of unknowns, and it was so cool how we pulled it off. It adds such a special twist to what I've achieved, and I think it will be very difficult to re-create.
It's been a very special adventure and we're so grateful for your contribution towards it.
Best wishes,
Jez Bragg. 
North Face ultra-marathon runner.
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