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Akaroa Guided Sea Kayak Safaris - 3 Hour Adventure

Come and join us for an amazing fully guided sea kayaking safari in an extinct volcano crater!

Highlights

  • Head to the stunning French town of Akaroa for a day, only 1.5 hours from Christchurch.. what could be better than a guided sea kayak safari in an extinct volcano!
  • Tick another thing off that bucket list! Kayak in a protected marine reserve with a chance of wildlife encounters including endangered NZ fur seals, white flippered penguins, native birds and hector dolphins.
  • Includes light snack, comprehensive safety briefing, all kayaking and safety equipment, experienced local guide to bring you to the secret local hotspots
  • Photos are available for purchase on the day
  • Join the most environmentally sensitive tour in the harbour, minimal impact on the natural surroundings, enjoy exploring in an environmentally responsible way.

Grab the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime chance to explore a stunning & protected marine reserve in the comfort and tranquillity of your sea kayak whilst being looked after by experienced local guides who will show you around one of New Zealand's most scenic and ecologically diverse natural environments.

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.

If you have a sense of adventure, this safari is for you, our guides will show you some well-kept secrets of this magical harbour!

Why go with a guide?

You would be crazy not to! With over 17 hectares of stunning bays and inlets why would you waste time looking for wildlife and volcanic features by yourself, you will soon find it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Instead of paddling in circles... shhh... your knowledgeable, qualified local guide knows all the secret spots including when and where to go to maximise your time on the water, and most importantly they will keep you safe in New Zealand's extreme & changeable weather conditions!

Seventy-five kilometres from Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. The clean, sparkling water of the harbour is the home to a variety of amazing sea life, including the Hector dolphin, the world’s smallest dolphin, as well as heaps of seabirds, NZ fur seals and the smallest penguins in the world...little white-flippered penguins.

You don’t need any previous kayaking experience; in fact, most guests have never kayaked before. But please note: you DO need a good level of fitness and hand/ eye coordination. You need to be able to learn to control your kayak quickly and be able to paddle for up to 2 hours ( sometimes into the wind).

Groups are small, with a maximum of 14 guests per safari, and the equipment is new and stable. You’ll get full instructions and a safety briefing before you start, so you’ll be safe and secure on your Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari adventure.

Akaroa Guided Sea Kayaking Safaris is a proud recipient of the highly regarded Outdoor Mark Safety Audit certification. This means your safety is their number one priority at all times.

Departure: 40E Rue Lavaud, Akaroa (outside the bowling club).

*** If in doubt watch the video! ***

Per person $130.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience

Notes

  • Please provide age, nationality and contact phone number upon checkout.
  • Recommended age 10 years all trips
  • All participants must be able to swim 30m
  • Please note: Minimum numbers are required
  • Non refundable after booking is confirmed
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Available Bookings from September 11 to September 17

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Terhi from Finland wrote on 24 November 2019

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We saw dolphins!!

Kayaking was hard work, but experience was worth it! We got to see birds nesting, dolphins playing in water (I could have almost touch them!), We went very close to rocks in narrow places and enjoyed a snack while taking pictures. A great way to enjoy a sunny day, local animals and the ocean!

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Joshua from New Zealand wrote on 19 March 2019

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Great Guide!

Jake was an awesome guide! He had a keen eye so we were able to see the Hector dolphins a couple of times when I am sure that we would not have seen them. He was also super knowledgable about the local wildlife and the geography of the area so we were very entertained the whole trip.

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Michelle from United States wrote on 22 January 2019

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Fantastique!

The view was absolutely gorgeous, and kayaking was great fun, we got to see different animals and especially a dolphin right in front of our eyes! On top of all that, what a knowledgeable, funny and handsome guy to give us the tour! He even took many photos and sent us through emails (such as the second photo). The only thing I could think of for the company is getting a better camera so people would love the photos even more? (My phone took better photos (1st and 3rd) than the camera.)

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John Ryan from United States wrote on 24 November 2018

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Fun on the Harbour

Our guide, Jake, was great. Clear kickstart instructions or refresher info for sea kayak basics. Then straight out on the tour. Jake excelled at explaining the terrain encountered by way of geology, flora and fauna factoids along the way. On the way back we got to get in a pretty good work out with a continuous paddle back to our starting point. Jake then stayed for a bit chatting and giving us tips on lunch spots and after lunch hiking ideas. Thoroughly recommend kayaking with Jake!

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Squaniel from United Kingdom wrote on 24 March 2020

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Joey is the best guide!!!

We had a fantastic time, our guide Joey was excellent and put us all at ease. We would highly recommend this experience to everyone.

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