Crater Cruiser Safari 11.30am – 2.30pm
Sea kayaking nature cruises on Akaroa Harbour are a firm favourite with our experienced guides! We often have comments from our guests that “This is the highlight of our trip to NZ!” Our harbour cruises and nature safaris are a great way to explore pristine marine reserve, which also happens to be a flooded volcanic crater! Booking a tour with us provides a unique kiwi experience while touring in an environmentally responsible manner, with out the noise, pollution and hustle and bustle of tour boats. Departing 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 sea kayaking guide who will share Akaroa’s secrets with you and lead on the ancient volcanic trail through the neon blue & green waters that have flowed down from glaciers and rivers into of our protected marine reserve.
Before we hit the water for about 30 minutes you will enjoy a relaxed and informative safety briefing to Sea Kayaking, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure onto Akaroa Harbour’s stunning extinct volcanic crater waters. You will have time to take in the views & change into your kayaking gear while you learn new skills and prepare for your sea kayak experience.
You will learn about kayaking safely and how to move through the water easily. You won’t be asked to immerse yourself underwater, unless that is you want to, so relax and enjoy. After your informative safety briefing we will assist you and prepare your kayak for launch onto the water.
Comfort and safety is always our number one priority during this adventure. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out and begin to explore. It is like paddling in a postcard!
Sea Kayaking Nature Cruises on Akaroa Harbour
You will gently paddle along the coastline while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife. There are many hidden wonders of the sea that our local guides will find for you along the way such as sea dollars, sea cucumbers, starfish, sea slugs and many types of edible seaweed that ancient maori tribes included in their diets. Exploring interesting remote bays and inlets you will engage with nature and find tranquility in sea kayaking, while getting an “up close and personal” pure NZ experience – this is one of the best sea kayaking tours in New Zealand.
We want you to enjoy your paddling and soak in all the views with out juggling a camera so we offer a complimentary “on water” photography service ( our guides love capturing those magic moments!) so you can share your experience with family and friends around the world.
We will also be taking a comfort break on a remote beach for around 20 minutes, 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, while sharing stories about the area, local folk and our unique Kiwi French village by the sea. Our safaris are also popular cruise ship shore trips for visitors sailing in for the day.
After the break you will launch your kayaks back into the water and continue your safari while your guide watches out for points of interest. Akaroa is rich with Maori history and our waters were once teeming with whales and whalers, your guide will have a few stories to share with you! Paddling along you will experience the massive scale of landscape and the peace and tranquility that surrounds our extinct, sea flooded volcano crater which is now a sanctuary for all kinds of wildlife. Our shores you will pass in your kayak are protected conservation reserves full of native birds.
Enjoy An Environmentally Sensitive Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Your Guided sea kayaking safari is the best way to experience an Akaroa Harbour nature cruise and is designed to accommodate a variety of skill levels, most guests have never sea kayaked before. We will ensure you get all the basics you need before you hit the water. Paddling is relaxing and fun! Although we see alot of wildlife please note sightings are NOT guaranteed as we can not control the movements of nature, how ever an enjoyable paddle in a stunning setting certainly is! The area you can explore will depend on your ability and the conditions on the day.
We travel in double kayaks which are best suited to our sea conditions, they offer safe, strong and very stable experiences for our guests. Our kayaks are top of the line touring kayaks designed for travelling long distances and gliding through the water quickly and easily.
Why go with a guide? With over 17 square miles of stunning harbour waters we take your safety and comfort seriously. Your local friendly guide knows all the secret spots, and a trained eye on what to look for. The weather conditions in New Zealand are extreme and changeable. Sea kayaking without a guide is NOT recommended.Your friendly local Akaroa kayaking guide knows what weather signs to look for, is trained in rescue techniques and knows the best locations & hotspots and will ensure you get the most out of your experience in a relaxed, safe and enjoyable way.
During your safari your local guide will share how this small village of 600 inhabitants really ticks, explaining and answering any questions that you may have .Your kayaking adventure comes to an end when you land back onto the beach you left a few hours before. You will feel relaxed and energised after your journey. The excursion returns to Akaroa, and upon arrival you will have the opportunity to experience some of Akaroa’s historic and beautiful locations in your own time before the day is over.
Your time on the water will be fun and memorable, many guests say it’s their New Zealand highlight, for others it’s the start of something new…a lifetime love of sea kayaking..come and join us!
Why Pre Book? High Season December – April is very busy, you must book in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
Trip Summary: Meet 11.25am on the grass outside The Ratatouille Restaurant, or the Peninsula Store 40E Rue Lavaud, the main street of Akaroa. Return time 2.30pm to the starting point. Includes the option to purchase “on water” trip photographs, locally produced giant gourmet cookie, all kayaking gear, experienced and friendly guides, small groups. Age 10-80