Akaroa Harbour in New Zealand is the stunning scene for our sea kayaking trips. The crater of an extinct volcano provides you with an abundance of glorious land and seascapes, and views native New Zealand wildlife up close.

Located approximately an hour’s drive south-east of the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is located on Banks Peninsula – this is the South Island’s main volcanic feature. Originally an off-shore island made up of two volcanic cones, the peninsula has two craters which form Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours respectively. The peninsula was named after the botanist Joseph Banks, a member of Captain James Cook’s epic explorations aboard the Endeavour.

Located on the south-east side of the sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the charming township of Akaroa has the unique distinction of being the only French settlement in New Zealand. If you are arriving by ship, we offer cruise ship shore excursions and tours by kayak too.

Our Kayaking Tours

We offer two trips per day – morning and afternoon;


New Zealand Sea Kayaking Tours

Crater Cruiser Safari – 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Crater Cruiser SafariThis Akaroa Harbour nature cruise kayak trip is a firm favourite with our experienced ocean kayaking guides and often we have comments from our guests that “This is the highlight of our trip to NZ! Our safaris are a great way to explore our stunning volcanic shoreline from a unique angle in an eco-friendly manner without the noise, pollution and hustle and bustle of boats. Departs from Akaroa village on the grass opposite Ratatouille Restaurant or The Peninsula General Store Cafe. You will be met 5 minutes before your trip time by your experienced friendly local kayaking guide who will share Akaroa’s secrets with you as they  lead you on the ancient volcanic trail through our flooded crater.

Ocean Kayaking Trip - Akaroa NZ

Sunrise Wildlife Safari – 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Sunrise Wildlife SafariPaddle your sea kayak along the coastline, alert to the possibility of wildlife crossing paths with us as we continue along our route.  Your guide will point out places of interest and any activity that they discover. Take in the views of towering sea cliffs, learn about the volcanic rock formations, witness live blow holes, explore caves and remote untouched areas only accessible by boat.

You will be hosted by a local Akaroa kayaking guide who will know all the  “hot-spots” and most importantly all the local weather warning signs.  During the trip they will be explaining and answering any questions that you may have. Your sea kayaking NZ adventure comes to an end when you land back onto the launching area  you left a few hours before. You will feel relaxed and fulfilled from what you have seen and experienced. The kayak trip returns to Akaroa, and upon arrival you will have the opportunity to experience some of Akaroa’s historic and beautiful sights in your own time before the day is over.

Kayaking tours NZ - Akaroa Harbour