Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking Through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    11:30 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    40f Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guests who book directly through the cruise ships are offered a complimentary pick up at the wharf. 5 min drive, 10 min walk.<.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Join one of the best kayak adventures in New Zealand, jump into a safe stable sea kayak and follow our local guides as we take you on a spectacular tour through an untouched marine reserve which now exists in a flooded volcanic crater from millions of years ago. The geology and scenery will blow your mind during this 3-hour small-group wildlife and sea-kayaking safari. Paddle along through the clear blue water, you get the feeling you are in a postcard! Your guide will keep watch for sightings of native endangered New Zealand animal and bird life. Pause for a snack break on a nearby beach, and enjoy a little free time to explore, swim, or soak up the serenity at your leisure. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people. This activity is often voted the highlight of a NZ holiday!

Highlights

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service

Know More about this tour

When your cruise ship docks in the beautiful french village of Akaroa, stroll through town to the kayak base and meet your guide to begin your 3-hour tour. Following an informative safety briefing, your guides will prepare your kayak for launch then take to Akaroas volcanic basin waters.
Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. 

During your tour, paddle quietly along through the blue waters of the extinct volcanic crater and listen as your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife that you come across. After approximately one hour, stop for a 15-minute break on a remote beach and enjoy free time to swim or rest your arms!

Replenish lost energy with a light snack, then paddle onward as your guide shares stories from the regions colorful past. As you explore, admire panoramic views and your guide will be taking on water photos for you If you wish to take home a memory of your day.
When your kayak adventure comes to an end, paddle your kayak back to base an easy 10-minute walk from the wharf through he boutique shops and cafes leads you back to the main wharf. Safe and dry!

Inclusions

Guide

Light refreshments

Kayak safari

On water photographs

Exclusions

Lunch

Transport to/from attractions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Minimum age is 10 years

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Jan-2020

    We went along the rocky coastline and discovered cages, remnants of volcanos and spotted a Hector dolphin! The guides told us many things about the nature and history of the bay. They were very enthusiastic. Equipments was good. We enjoyed it very much.

  • 19-Dec-2019

    Lots of fun! Our guide Jake was awesome, very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and scenery, threw some cute jokes in there as well. Got to see some amazing rock formations and lots of local birds. My husband and I have very little experience on a kayak and Jake was really patient with us and took his time to help guide us in the right direction.

  • 16-Jan-2019

    We had a great time Kayaking in Akaroa. Our guide Jake, was a wealth of knowledge and made the experience a lot of fun. The day we went out was gray and threatening rain, so we weren't sure we wanted to do this, however, the rain held off and we had a wonderful time.

  • 21-Feb-2018

    Loved this kayaking tour! The guides were excellent and very knowledeable about the history and wild life of Akaroa. We even had a hector dolphin float under our kayak. Akaroa is a beautiful place and this was an amazing way to experience it.

  • 20-Feb-2018

    This was a nice, easy kayak trip in the bay. The staff and guides were great. The kayaks were great too, really easy with the rudder and pedals to steer. The scenery is very nice. However, I was disappointed that this was not really a wildlife trip so if you're wanting to see wildlife or if you want an exhilarating, adventurous kayak trip, this is not the trip for you not many birds, no marine wildlife, with the caveat that this of course is dependent on the time of year and seeing wildlife is never guaranteed. I might be a bit biased because I'm a biologist and when something says 'wildlife' in the excursion title I expect that at least there will be the chance, however, the habitat/landscape of this trip is not conducive to the potential for viewing much wildlife. Even with binoculars we only picked up a few birds in the trees that the others didn't see right on the shore like gulls, Canada geese, and the spotted shags that are everywhere.

  • 20-Feb-2018

    Our kayaking tour of Akaroa was awesome. We were able to meet the guides after a short walk from our cruise ship. Two guides accompanied the small group and provided excellent safety and paddling instruction. During the trip, which mostly followed the shore, they gave interesting information about the wildlife, flora and geology of the area. The paddling was easy and very enjoyable. We're so pleased that we chose this excursion in Akaroa.

  • 15-Feb-2018

    The Bay of Akaroa was beautiful and was easily viewed from the kayak. We did not get to see any penguins, whales, dolphins. I was dissappointed not to have seen those wildlife features.

  • 22-Jan-2018

    Great adventure. Allie was a wonderful guide and provided for a great experience

  • 04-Jan-2018

    Wow, you have to try this! Fun and knowledgeable guides on safety and wildlife! Friendly and inclusive! Felt right at home on the water! Many Mahalos everyone!

  • 26-Dec-2017

    Best tour ever!! We saw mom and baby Hector's dolphins right as we started and then raced others in the kayaks. A pod of them stayed with us the whole time. It was amazing. Highly recommended.

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