Two kayakers were rescued this afternoon after getting caught up in bad weather in Wellington.

Emergency services were called by nearby residents just after 12.30pm today.

The duo, in a tandem kayak, were fighting 30-knot offshore winds as they paddled around the southern end of Taputeranga Island near Island Bay beach.

They managed to get to Taputeranga Island without tipping out. Both kayakers were retrieved from the island with their kayak and safely taken back to shore, Maritime Unit senior constable Stu Main said.

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"They were both wearing lifejackets but were only dressed in light clothing. The water temperature is only 14 degrees, so if they had fallen into the water, they may have been in serious trouble."

Main said the weather was too windy in exposed areas to be kayaking around Wellington today.