Cruise ship shore excursions in Akaroa New Zealand
Our kayaking safaris are a very popular Akaroa shore excursion activity among cruise ship passengers. All ages with a good basic level of fitness and co-ordination can participate. We love hosting visitors from the many Cruise Ships who dock in our harbor and are often told that our kayaking safari was the highlight of their NZ trip!
Our trip times are set to make sure there is more than enough time to complete the safari and also have a wander around the boutique shops and cafes in Akaroa and be back on the cruise ship in plenty of time. Please note if you are arriving via cruise ship you must join our Crater Cruiser Safari as you will not be able to disembark the tenders in time for our Sunrise Safari.
If you have booked a kayaking safari with us, please meet approximately 5 minutes before departure in the main street of Akaroa on the grass opposite ‘Ratatouille Restaurant or ‘The Peninsula General Store’ which is right next to it. We will be outside the cafés approximately 5 minutes before your trip begins, your guide will be there to greet you & they will walk you to the kayaks for a briefing and orientation session. Sometimes we have back to back trips so do not worry if we are not there until 5 minutes before meeting time as we are coming in from the morning trip and we will be with you at the designated meeting time.
The café’s are located on Rue Lavaud, the main road through the town of Akaroa. From the main Wharf with the blue roofs where 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 Shell Petrol Station. The café’s are opposite the “green”, a wide-open grassed space on your left hand side. The walk from the main Wharf is short and will only take around 10 minutes. Its also a great way to get orientated with our neat little town.
Please do wait on the grass for us, there are a number of operators in the area so the best way to find us is to be met by us opposite the café.
On the day of your Akaroa Guided Kayak Experience if you experience any problems or need to make contact with us then our phone line will be open from 6am on +64 211 564 591. We speak French, Spanish and English.