Sea kayaking nature cruises on Akaroa Harbour are a firm favourite of our experienced guides! Our harbour cruises and nature safaris are a great way to explore the pristine marine reserve in an environmentally friendly way.
Don’t miss out on taking a day trip to Akaroa – winner of cruise destination of the year! This amazing shore excursion includes a return shuttle from Lyttelton to Akaroa with a scenic drive over the stunning Gebbes Pass!
Coastal Kayaking Tours
Take in the views of towering sea cliffs, learn about the volcanic rock formations, witness live blowholes, and explore caves and remote untouched areas only accessible by boat. Sightings may include endangered NZ fur seals, native sea birds, and the endangered white-flippered penguins and Hector’s dolphins, which are only found in NZ. During your tour your guide points out places of interest and any activity that they discover. Come join us on a kayak safari today!
Your sea kayaking safari includes a relaxing and inspiring paddle around our bays and inlets, often crossing paths with wildlife, checking out caves, taking in the breathtaking views, and stopping for a break at a remote beach where you can relax or swim, enjoy refreshments, and stretch your legs! During this time, you get detailed commentary from our nature guides who are extremely knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have along the way.
We make it easy for you to experience this amazing sea kayaking adventure as no experience is needed. Beginners are welcome. If you are visiting by ship, our Akaroa cruise ship tours are great family fun! Jump on our Crater Cruiser Safari! You’re sure to feel like you are paddling in a postcard!
Akaroa has an amazing French history — a little slice of Europe right here on the Banks Peninsula. Get familiar with sea kayaking and feel how comfortable, stable, and easy sea kayaks 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. Endangered wildlife has made the harbour its home, and it is now a sanctuary where mammals bring their young to the safety of our sheltered waters.
With a maximum of 14 guests on each safari, 8 guests per guide, you’re guaranteed the best of care from our experienced local guides who go above and beyond to ensure a special experience is had by all. With the freedom to explore and enjoy while your guide takes photos and shares stories and secrets of the area, this is sure to be a highlight of your trip to NZ!
Your experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable local guides help you throughout your safari and are able to answer any questions you may have. Please have realistic expectations when embarking on this safari with us. Whilst wildlife is very common, nothing is guaranteed because wildlife is wild! These creatures are not in any way trained to respond to humans and may or may not choose to come and check us out on the day. Mammals are not tracked, followed, or fed, and we are very privileged to share this marine reserve with them. Different species may cross paths with us as we continue along our route. Every day is different here in our flooded volcano crater.
Join 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; we urge that wildlife sightings are a blessing, not a right. We pride ourselves on being an environmentally sensitive business; we aim to have the least amount of impact on the ocean and wildlife possible and do whatever we can to preserve their natural habitat. The area you can explore varies depending on your paddling experience and the conditions of the day.