Akaroa Guided Sea Kayak Safaris is a kiwi locally owned and operated adventure company which is owned by married couple Greville & Allie based right on the water on the shores of Akaroa.
What a great office we have, looking across Akaroa Harbour at the beautiful Childrens & French Bay area! We are mobile so we conduct our tours in the safest area each day depending on the wind direction. We are blessed with routes that are sheltered from most wind directions which means we rarely need to cancel a tour.
Your guides Greville & Allie are highly experienced in all forms of water sports. Both avid surfers, Kayakers and Qualifed Beach Life Guards. You are in safe hands in any situation with both guides also qualified in advanced first aid, search and rescue and defibrillator training & over a decade each of experience in the outdoor industry so you can be rest assured you are in good hands!
We are proud recipients of the highly regarded Outdoor Mark certification for exceptional safety standards & are proud winners of Trip Adviser Excellence Awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016,2017,2018 & our NZ sea kayaking tours are currently voted one of the best Activities in Akaroa by Trip Adviser. We are also lucky enough to live here in Akaroa which has been voted Number One Cruise Destination 2 years in a row!
We take your comfort and safety seriously. In fact your safety is our number one priority. On all of our guided Akaroa Harbour nature cruises we carry the following safety equipment as a minimum: spare paddles, water pump, towing lines, cell phone, VHF radios, providing weather updates & emergency communications, first aid pack, spare warm clothes, gloves, hats, thermals, repair kits, phones and always have exit routes and our 4 wheel drive mini vans on standby in case of sudden weather changes.
Akaroa Guided Sea Kayak Safari’s has been operating since 2009 after extensive research, training and in consultation with Maritime New Zealand on their recommended safety & procedure standards.
We have the best Kayaks on the market, we travel in double kayaks made in NZ which are far better suited to our sea conditions, they offer safe, strong and very stable experiences for our guests!
We have strong moral ethics about operating an eco friendly business, we pride ourselves on being the most sustainable and environmentally sensitive tour operating in the marine reserve.
We do every we can to uphold our Kaitiakitanga Manaakitanga, our strong sense of protection and guardianship over our lands and oceans and water ways. We do what ever we can to minimise impact on the harbour and our guides and guests are required to remove any rubbish they encounter from the Harbor or surrounding area.
Exploring the fragile marine reserve with no emissions, noise, or engines is extremely important to us, this is why we operate a kayaking business and not a boat tour! We are rewarded by wildlife often coming to check us out as they are not intimidated by us peacefully cruising along.
We look forward to welcoming you on an adventure with us and will ensure that you have an Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari with memories that last a lifetime.