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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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Akaroa, New Zealand

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Spend your time in port in Akaroa on a small-group shore excursion, sea kayaking around the harbor. Bask in the scenery of remote bays and inlets, and catch a glimpse of local marine life, including penguins, orcas, and endangered Hector’s dolphins. You’ll paddle for three hours with a guide through the basin of an extinct volcano and stop for a snack and swim at a coastal beach. This tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port.
  • Small-group Akaroa sea kayak shore excursion
  • Paddle to remote inlets and beaches in Akaroa Harbour
  • Search the clear waters for penguins, orcas, and Hector’s dolphins
  • Hear commentary from a kayak guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Light refreshments
Kayak safari
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
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Departure Point

40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
If you are arriving via cruise ship our meeting point is outside the bowling club in Akaroa

Ports

  • Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 61 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, 41 Chapmans Road, Hillsborough, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand


Departure Time

11:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Akaroa Guided Kayaks

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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New Zealand Kayak - Akaroa
Lonnie_R
, Dec 2020
Excellent excellent excellent New Zealand beautiful, kayaks in good shape, and with rudder! Our guide did great job of balancing skill of group, providing plenty of water time, and describing surroundings. Look forward to returning.
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50th birthday celebration
Robyn_J
, Nov 2020
My friend and I went kayaking to celebrate our fiftieth birthdays. The kayaks take two people each, and including us there were six guests, plus our guide, Nick. We had a great time and saw heaps of cool volcanic rock fissures and birds galore. In a couple of places the wind picked up and we had to paddle seriously hard to stick to the coast line, but our trusty guide Nick was on hand to tow anyone that got into trouble. He also told us heaps about the history of Akaroa and recommended a delicious fish and chip shop. We really enjoyed ourselves :)
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thanks so much for the review and happy 50th birthdays! We are so happy you had a great time. Thanks again for coming!
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Penguin sighting
Anthony_B
, Mar 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking adventure. All the staff were extremely friendly, helpful, and fun. The boats and equipment were in excellent condition and the itinerary was just right vis-a-vis time and distance travelled. The real highlight was our guide, Joey. He had a great sense of humor and extensive knowledge of the local history and wildlife. Most enjoyable!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks so much for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed your tour, our guides are exceptional and will make sure every tour is special for the paddlers! Thanks for coming!
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Great day on the water!!
Philip_S
, Feb 2020
We are avid kaykers and have kayaked the west coast of BC. Jake and Joey were fantastic guides. Their passion for knowledge of the history of the area and the flora and fauna was most impressive. Great day on the water!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks so much for joining us in beautiful Akaroa for a sea kayaking tour with our awesome guides -we are glad you had a great time! safe travels!
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Unfavorable weather
calmwh
, Feb 2020
The guide was wonderful. The weather was horrible. It rained the entire time and the winds blew so hard we were unable to leave the shelter of the cove. It was grey and visibility was limited. So... just be warned this trip is NOT cancelled for foul weather. Bring rain gear and smile for the camera!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
The weather is what it is on the day, that is the beauty of being in nature, if conditions are safe for kayaking we operate. Many of our best tours have been in rainy conditions, it is up to each participant if they join in or not. You did not have to come if you do not like the rain! Spray skirts are provided and a rain jacket is all you need to stay dry. Rainy conditions often mean we have the harbour to ourselves and the wildlife is often more active on days like these, for these reasons I personally LOVE kayaking in the rain :)
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Awesome experience!
chargersth5
, Feb 2020
Jake was our Kayak tour guide and could not have been more perfect! We were fortunate enough to see four Hector dolphin sightings and Jake's insight into the dolphins and other marine life was amazing. He has an in-depth knowledge of various birds, plant life and marine life. We loved all of the staff, very nice and efficient. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks so much for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed your sea kayaking experience with us here in Akaroa, one of the best destinations to sea kayak in NZ! Our guides are not only kayak guides but very knowledgeable nature guides which makes the tours great value for money. Thanks for joining us and safe travels!
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Amazing experience
marhij
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
So great to hear you loved your tour! Our guides love paddling through this stunning marine reserve with our guests and enjoy it as much as the visitors, the views never get old! There is so much to see and learn about, thanks for coming and sharing this experience with us! safe travels Allie & Grevile
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Great Afternoon on the Water
alexa092819
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thanks so much for taking the time to send us your positive comments, we are so glad you enjoyed your sea kayaking safari with us and we hope you will be inspired to kayak again, it is such a great way to explore beautiful places! Safe onward travels! Akaroa kayaks team
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Bird watching
findadealagain
, Mar 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable and very adept at kayaking. He did a very good job of pointing out anything he spotted along the way. Was a little disappointed that the only thing we saw were a few different types of birds. It probably had to do with the time of year we were there. The kayaking was enjoyable and the view were good.
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Kayaking with an Expert Guide
Meander783344
, 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.
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