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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!


  • 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


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • 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

Available Bookings from December 07 to December 13

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

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


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Cameron Spencer from United Kingdom wrote on 08 March 2020

Fun and informative, all in a beautiful setting

We had an awesome experience with Akaroa Guided Sea Kayaking Safaris in February. Our tour guide Joey was great fun and very informative (he also kindly retrieved my cap when it flew into the water!). While we weren't lucky enough to spot any dolphins, some stingrays could be seen swimming below the surface and some shags came quite close which was cool. The scenery was beautiful, and despite the fairly strong winds (which made things quite tough at times), we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company to anyone who fancies getting out on the water and learning a thing or two about this amazing place!

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margueritez from United States wrote on 23 January 2020

Happy time kayaking and best way to spot details!

Joey was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable about the local geology and wild life. We enjoyed his jokes and eye for spotting details (fun to know you can brew beer from the roots of the cabbage palm.) Exploring by kayak is the best way to appreciate the details of this unique ecosystem and support it by making a sustainable transport choice! Super fun time paddling!

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Shannon Begley from New Zealand wrote on 22 November 2021

Loved it!

Such a beautiful spot for a paddle. Excellent hospitality from the guide.

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pauls15 from New Zealand wrote on 09 November 2021

Lots of fun

Nice and easy, thank you!

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Tramie from New Zealand wrote on 18 September 2021

Awesome kayaking

The guide was amazing and shared lots of knowledge with us. He told us to take a different scenic drive back through Wainui and Mt Bossu and it indeed has breathing taking views. Thank you Tram and Marc

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