Water activity

Akaroa: 3-Hour Guided Sunrise Sea Kayaking Safari

4.9 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

Akaroa: 3-Hour Guided Sunrise Sea Kayaking Safari

Activity provider: Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

From US$ 72.77 per person

Put on your life jacket, slap on some sunscreen, and rekindle that pioneering spirit. You’re about to get up close to nature and wildlife in an eco-paradise. Enjoy being out on the water before any tour boats.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Enjoy being on the harbour before any of the tour boats
  • Explore the marine reserve with your own nature guide
  • Discover one of the best kayaking destinations in NZ
Full description
Experience the best of nature on a 3-hour guided kayak safari from Akaroa town. Venture into an eco-paradise and view wildlife along the way. Stop at a remote beach for refreshments, a swim, or just to explore. After a briefing session at 07:30 the tour heads out on a gentle paddling excursion. After about an hour, you’ll stop for a break at the beach. No experience is necessary for this adventure. It’s easy and fun and suitable for anyone 12 years of age and older! The early morning trip can make for spectacular sightings. The guides say that these are the best trips of the day, as there’s no one around, and it’s just you and nature and your silent kayak. What you’ll actually see on the safari depends on a number of factors, but often guests report seeing cormorants diving, gannets feeding, and fur seals and flippered penguins playing. There have even been sightings of the rare, small Hector’s dolphin. Included in the tour at no additional cost are photos that your guide will take, refreshments, a personal picnic blanket, a remote beach stop for a swim or relaxation, and brief stops on the water to hear about interesting events, and facts about the wildlife and points of interest.
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Safety briefing
  • On water photographs
  • Locally produced gourmet cookie
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

The meeting point for the tour is outside "By The Green Café," Rue Lavaud, the main street of Akaroa, at 07:25. Meet 5 mins before your trip time outside "By The Green" cafe on the main street of Akaroa opposite the recreation ground as you enter Akaroa from Christchurch.

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4.9 /5

based on 8 reviews

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September 3, 2022

was very fun

January 10, 2020

Super nice guides and a nice tour that included stories about the area and about wildlife. We were unlucky with the weather but lucky to see Hector dolphins up close.

January 1, 2020

Product ID: 28003