Crater Cruiser Safari 11.30am – 2.30pm

A firm favourite with our experienced guides and a great way to explore our stunning volcanic shoreline from a unique angle. Departing from Akaroa village on the grass opposite Ratatouille Restaurant or The Peninsula General Store Cafe, you will be met 5 minutes before your trip time by your experienced friendly local guide who will share Akaroa’s secrets with you and lead on the ancient volcanic trail through our flooded crater.

For around 30 minutes you will enjoy a relaxed and informative introduction briefing to Sea Kayaking, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure onto Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic basin waters.  You will have time to take in the views & change into your kayaking gear while you learn new skills and prepare for your kayaking experience.

You will learn about kayaking safely and how to move through the water easily and without exerting yourself. You won’t be asked to immerse yourself underwater, unless that is you want to, so relax and enjoy. After your informative safety briefing we will prepare your kayak for launch onto the water.

Comfort and safety is always a priority in this wonderland adventure. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out and have chance to try your new skills before starting your safari.

You will gently paddle along the coastline while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover. Exploring remote bays and inlets you will engage with nature and find tranquility in sea kayaking, while getting an “up close and personal” natural Eco experience that is unique to New Zealand.

Included in your sea kayaking experience are “on water” photographs that your guide will take for you so that you can share your experience with family and friends around the world afterwards.

We will also be taking a comfort break on a remote beach for around 20 minutes, during this time you can explore, swim or simply soak up our pure New Zealand environment. Your guide will provide you with a kiwi secret, New Zealand’s world famous cookie time cookie, straight from the factory in Christchurch, while sharing stories about the area, local folk and our unique Kiwi French village by the sea.

After the break you will launch your kayaks back into the water and continue your safari while your guide watches out for interesting activity. Paddling along you will experience the massive scale of landscape at the bottom of our extinct, sea flooded volcano crater.

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Your local guide will share how this small village of 600 inhabitants really ticks, explaining and answering any questions that you may have along the way. Your kayaking adventure comes to an end when you land back onto the beach you left a few hours before. You will feel relaxed and energised after your journey. The excursion returns to Akaroa, and upon arrival you will have the opportunity to experience some of Akaroa’s historic and beautiful locations in your own time before the day is over.

Why Guided? With over 17 square miles of stunning harbour waters we take your safety and comfort seriously. Your local friendly guide knows all the secret spots, weather warning signs and best times to see wildlife, ensuring you get the most out of your experience, in a relaxed, safe and enjoyable way.

Your Guided Safari is designed to accommodate a variety of skill levels, most guests have never sea kayaked before. We will ensure you get all the basics you need before you hit the water. Paddling is easy and fun! Although we see alot of wildlife please note sightings are NOT guaranteed as we can not control the movements of nature, how ever an enjoyable paddle in a stunning setting certainly is! The area you can explore will depend on your ability and the conditions on the day.

Your time on the water will be fun and memorable, many guests say it’s their New Zealand highlight, for others it’s the start of something new…a lifetime love of sea kayaking..come and join us!

We travel in double kayaks which are far better suited to our sea conditions, they offer safe, strong and very stable experiences for our guests


Why Pre Book? High Season December – April is very busy, you must book in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

Trip Summary: Meet 11.25am on the grass outside The Ratatouille Restaurant, or the Peninsula Store 40E Rue Lavaud, the main street of Akaroa. Return time 2.30pm to the starting point. Includes the option to purchase “on water” trip photographs, locally produced giant gourmet cookie, all kayaking gear, experienced and friendly guides, small groups. Age 10-80

We use Mission Kayaks: for more info click here Mission Kayaking

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