Explore, Experience, Enjoy

At Akaroa Guided Kayak Safaris, we are ready to bring out your adventurous spirit, only 80 minutes from Christchurch, based in the stunning sea side town of Akaroa, we offer a unique kiwi experience, fully guided sea kayaking safaris that are Serine, Special, Spectacular and Safe! With no boat motor noise & no pollution, this is the most environmentally friendly tour in the harbour.

Grab your sunscreen and get ready for your safari! Our local experienced guides are matched with small groups to ensure a personal and safe experience. Soak in the scenery, explore stunning bays and inlets, paddle in our extinct, sea flooded volcanic crater and hear about some of the rarest and most endangered sea creatures on the planet.

Why Go with a guide? You would be crazy not to! With over 17 square miles of stunning waters to paddle in we take your safety and comfort seriously, in fact it is our number one priority! We pride our selves in maintaining the highest of safety standards and have been awarded safety Certification from “Outdoor Mark” which is a very strict annual safety audit for all New Zealand Adventure Operators, Only the best tour operators in the country hold this award. New Zealand has very changeable and extreme weather conditions. It is not advisable to kayak with out a qualified guide. Your friendly guides know all the weather warning signs, secret spots, and best times to see wild life ensuring you will get the most out of your experience in a relaxed, safe and enjoyable way. We welcome all participants from age 10-100 that have a basic level of fitness and can get in and out of the kayak unassisted.

 We invite you to come Sea kayaking in our amazing natural environment, take in our breathtaking Volcanic basin vistas, and soak up our French village by the sea. Akaroa, only 80 minutes from Christchurch, is easy to get to and a must see during your time in New Zealand. You will find us nestled into dramatic valleys which were carved out millions of years ago by volcanoes along the spectacular Banks Peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand.

There is no other place like it and you will carry memories of your experience here for years to come.

Your trip includes a relaxing and inspiring paddle around our bays and inlets, often crossing paths with wild life, checking out caves, taking in the breath taking views and stopping for a break at a remote beach where you can relax or swim, enjoy refreshments and stretch your legs!

We make it easy for you to experience this amazing sea kayaking adventure as no experience is needed, beginners are welcome . Jump on our harbour highlights tour! It’s great family fun!

OM-logo-new-FINAL-aitripadvisorAkaroa has an amazing French history, a little slice of Europe right here on Banks Peninsula. Get familiar with sea kayaking, feel how comfortable, stable and easy they are to use. Explore, experience and Escape with us as we get you up close and personal to the wild beauty this crater holds, it really is an  Eco paradise. Akaroa is made of up two marine reserves and two land reserves. Wild life uses the harbour as a sanctuary and often bring their young to the sheltered waters. With a maximum of 14 guests on each Safari you’re guaranteed the best of care with freedom to explore & enjoy.

Your experienced,  friendly and knowledgeable local guides will help you throughout your safari and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Please have realistic expectations when embarking on this safari with us. Whist wildlife is very common, nothing is guaranteed because wildlife is wild! These creatures are not in anyway trained to respond to humans and may or may not choose to come and check us out on the day. You will be joining us for an amazing kayak experience with varieties of wildlife possibly crossing our path as a bonus. This is not a trip to Sea World ,wildlife sightings are a blessing not a right..we pride ourselves on being the most eco friendly company with the least amount of impact on the ocean & wildlife in their natural habitat. The area you can explore will vary on your paddling experience and the conditions of the day


Crater Cruiser Safari – 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Crater Cruiser Safari

Sunrise Wildlife Safari – 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Sunrise Wildlife Safari