A search operation for a kayaker who has gone missing after a trip on a lake near Christchurch has been called off for the day.

The man was reported overdue about midday Saturday, having been expected to return a couple of hours earlier from a trip on Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere.

Police helped co-ordinate a search for the man, with assistance from Garden City Helicopters from the air, and vessels from the Waimakariri-Ashley Coastguard and Surf Life Saving NZ on the water with IRBs and jet skis.

The man's kayak was located around 2.30pm but he was not found.

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Police are speaking to his family members who were at the lake.

The search will resume in the morning.