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Cruise Ship Shore Excursions In Akaroa & Lyttelton, New Zealand

Kia Ora! We love welcoming cruise ship passengers to our pretty little village! Akaroa has been voted Cruise Destination of the year many times and you will soon see why!

Our sea kayaking safaris are a very popular Akaroa & Lyttleton shore excursion activity among cruise ship passengers. Please book early to avoid disappointment. We welcome all ages with a good basic level of fitness and anyone can participate as long as you can get in and out of a kayak unassisted. We offer a fun and safe activity for couples, singles, families and groups of friends, there is no better way to make the most of your time in Akaroa & Lyttleton than exploring our pristine marine reserves than by kayak with your own nature guide sharing their knowledge along the way.

We love hosting visitors from the many Cruise Ships who dock in our harbors and are often told that our kayaking safari was the highlight of their NZ trip!

Transport from the port in Akaroa is not required as we are located in walking distance of the port- just a short 10 minute stroll down the street.

If you are coming into Lyttleton Port you can join our Crater Cruiser Sea Kayak Safari.

Lyttleton cruise passengers must book via this link to secure your transport and activity.


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If you have booked a sea kayaking or Ebike safari with us, please meet approximately 5 minutes before departure, your guide will be there to greet you before you head to the kayaks for a briefing and orientation session.

The bowling club is the meeting point for sea kayaking which is just off the main road through the town of Akaroa.

Directions for walking from Akaroa wharf.

From the main Wharf where the Cruise Ships drop off their passengers and tourist boats depart from, walk off the Wharf and take a LEFT, following the shoreline & past some of Akaora’s bars, shops & restaurants. Keep walking on this footpath passing Akaroa’s beach area and then the BNZ Bank and then the Petrol Station.

Turn left when you get to the cricket pitch/recreational ground, the bowling club is close to the ocean and you will be able to see our kayak trailer from here.  The walk from the main wharf is easy with no hills and will only take around 10 minutes. It’s also a great way to get orientated with our neat little town. Check out the boutique shops, try some amazing coffee in our cafes, or try one of New Zealand’s best pies at our local butcher!

Our trips are scheduled to make sure there is more than enough time to complete the safari and also have a wander around the boutique shops and cafes of Akaroa.

If you are meeting for a mountain Ebike tour we meet at the fire station which is 2 minutes walk from the wharf.

Lyttelton Cruise Ship Passengers

If you are docking in Lyttelton on you will probably have heard of nearby Akaroa which was voted best cruise destination in Australia and New Zealand. Akaroa is a real highlight and well worth taking the 50 minutes stunningly scenic drive over the hill from Lyttelton, you will get some great photo opportunities and have a great day!

If you don’t want to miss out on Akaroa, ( who wouldn’t!) we can organise a day trip to Akaroa for you. This would include a pick up near the wharf at 9am, a 55 minute scenic drive across the stunning Gebbis Pass from Lyttelton  in a private 11 seater mini van which would include photos stops and commentary from our local driver. You would be able to take part in our Crater Cruiser Sea kayak safari, or our 11:45am Lava Loop guided Electric mountain bike tours and have some time to explore the village, then be transported back again in time for the last tenders in Lyttelton at the end of the day.  We can offer you the best advice how to make the most of your Akaroa experience from Lyttelton if you let us know you are planning a visit.

Feel free to contact us when you are planning your trip. If you want to book transport please email us for availability.

Price guide for shuttle Lyttelton- Akaroa Return from Lyttelton Port

There is an option on our Crater Cruiser and Lava Loop activities to select the shuttle bus option at the check out when you book online.  The more people you book, the less expensive it will be per person. Prices below are in NZ dollars. Please note we require at least 3 days notice to ensure the shuttle is available

2 people-$210pp

4 people-$130pp

6 people-$86pp

8 people- $65pp

10 people-$52pp

11 people- $48pp

On the day of your Akaroa Guided Kayak Experience if you experience any problems, if you are late or need to make contact with us then our phone line will be open from 7 am on +64 211 564 591. We speak French, Spanish and English. If you still have energy for more or want an alternate activity for someone in your group check out to see our Scenic Ebike tours on offer!