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Crater Cruiser Safari

One Of The Best Sea Kayaking Destinations In New Zealand!

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Per Passenger Ages 10+

Guided Sea Kayaking and nature tours in New Zealand

Our Crater Cruiser is often rated by many of our participants “Highlight of my NZ holiday!” It’s a great way to experience some of the most mind-blowing views in the Banks Peninsula.

Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution.

Our shores are protected conservation reserves full of native birds. If you love geology, bird watching or just connecting with nature this pure New Zealand experience is a great choice for you!

During this tour you will gently paddle along in a small group with your nature guide hugging the coastline. Features of interest and sea life will be pointed out by your guide. Sea dollars, sea cucumbers, starfish, sea slugs many types of edible seaweed and lots more can be found along the route. Chance sightings of endangered species such as hector dolphins, white flippered penguins and fur seals are also possible depending on the movements of nature on the day.

While exploring remote bays and inlets you can listen to stories about the extinct volcano you are paddling through, Akaroa is rich with Maori history and our waters were once teeming with whales , your guide will have a few stories to share with you! Enjoy checking out amazing geological features whilst gliding through the stunning turquoise waters of the marine reserve.

During the tour enjoy detailed commentary from your knowledgeable nature guides who will answer any questions you may have along the way. Akaroa is one of the best sea kayaking destinations in New Zealand and our guides love welcoming visitors from all over the world.

We want you to enjoy paddling and soak in all the views without juggling a camera our guides are here to help and will take photos throughout the tour if you would like them to take charge of your phone or camera so you can share your experience with family and friends around the world.

A comfort break on a remote beach for around 20 minutes will be optional, 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!

You will have plenty of time to enjoy Akaroa before and after the tour. Our Crater Cruiser is a very popular Cruise Ship Shore Excursion for this reason , we also can organise return transport from Lyttelton if you are coming into port there. This tour has something for everyone. No experience necessary. We look forward to getting you on the water with us!