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

If you’d like to try a coastal sea kayaking tour, why not start with one of the most scenic parts of New Zealand. Join your friendly local guide’s recommended “trip of the day!” Our Sunrise Wildlife  Safari enables you to savour the serenity of the most magical time when we have paradise all to ourselves! Our tours will have you on the water for an enjoyable 2 1/2 hours of paddling. You will love being out on the water away from crowds and the noise of the tour boat engines. There are special areas that we can only visit during the mornings while conditions are favorable and we often have Akaroa Harbour to ourselves before any boat operators begin, so if you have the opportunity to join us on this safari you are in for a treat!

The weather conditions tend to be calmer and wildlife more active at this time. Some of our most memorable Akaroa Harbour nature cruises have been at this time, so rise and shine- You will not regret it! Please note our sunrise tour covers more distance and needs a little more effort. You may also be required to assist carrying your kayak with your paddling partner 100m over uneven terrain.  This tour also moves at a faster pace than our 11:30am Crater Cruiser so please keep this in mind when choosing your tour.

Sea kayaking tour NZ

Trip Information

Departing from Akaroa village on the grass outside Ratatouille Restaurant, or The Peninsula General Store, you will be met at your trip time of 7:30am by your experienced friendly local guide who will share our pristine marine reserves secrets with you. We will travel to our launching area which will depend on the conditions of the day, we always stick to the most sheltered route to make paddling more comfortable. For around 20 minutes you will enjoy a relaxed and informative safety briefing to Sea Kayaking, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure through Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic crater waters. During this briefing you will have time to take in the views and change into your kayaking gear while you learn new skills and prepare for your kayaking experience.

One Of The Best Sea Kayaking Destinations In NZ

We pride ourselves on safety, during your briefing you will learn about kayaking safely and how to move through the water easily. You won’t be asked to immerse yourself underwater, unless of course you want to, so relax and enjoy. After your informative safety briefing we will prepare your kayak for launch and assist you onto the water.

Comfort and safety and service is always a priority for our local guides during your safari. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out and begin exploring. Just when you begin to get hungry from all that fresh air your guide will provide you with New Zealand’s most famous cookie, straight from the cookie time factory in Christchurch, while sharing stories about our rich Maori and whaling history and our unique French village by the sea. Also included in the trip are complimentary on water” photographs which your guide will take for you throughout your tour .We offer this service as we do not want you to worry about juggling a camera whilst paddling, and our guests love to have the memories to take with them to share with with family and friends around the world afterwards.

Fairy grotto, are we dreaming?


Paddle with us along the coastline with the possible opportunity of wildlife encounters and fantastic bird watching opportunities. Different species may cross paths with us as we continue along our route every day is different here in our flooded volcano crater. 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. Sightings may include endangered NZ fur seals, native sea birds and the endangered white flippered penguins & hector dolphins which are only found in NZ.


Engage with nature and enjoy the tranquility of sea kayaking, which allows us to have an “up close and personal” natural experience that is 100% Pure NZ. Our safaris are also very popular as cruise ship shore excursions .While touring by sea kayak you will experience the massive scale of the landscape and soak in the serenity, kayaking is the best way to really soak in the wilderness. Feel the power of the birds wings as they fly over us, see see first hand every living creature in the ocean that appears to check us out, feel the energy of the ancient volcano which has been sleeping for millions of years and is now a sanctuary for wildlife.

Why Go With A Guide?

Quite frankly you would be crazy not to! With over 17 square miles of stunning harbor waters we take your safety and comfort seriously. The weather conditions in New Zealand are extreme and changeable. Kayaking with out with out a guide is NOT recommended. Your local friendly guide knows what weather signs to look for, is trained in rescue techniques and knows the best locations to spot marine activity and will ensure you get the most out of your experience in a relaxed, safe and enjoyable way.

We have amazing local guides who know all the “hotspots”, local secrets, 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 kayaking adventure comes to an end when you land back onto the launching area  you left a few hours before. You will feel rejuvenated and fulfilled about what you have seen and experienced which really is a once in a lifetime opporunity. The excursion returns to Akaroa, and upon arrival you will have the opportunity to experience some of the towns historic and quaint attractions  in your own time before the day is over.

Why Pre Book? 

You must book early in order to avoid disappointment. High Season December – April is very busy, Trip Advisor Excellence Award 2011 to 2018 & currently voted 3rd best Activity in Akaroa by Trip Advisor, only small groups max 8 people per guide per trip, awarded OutdoorsMark Safety Audit Certificate.

(wildlife images taken with a zoom lens)

Trip Summary

Sea Kayaking tour NZ.  Meet at 7:30am outside the bowling club on 40E Rue Lavaud, the main street of Akaroa. Return time 10:30am. Includes the option of “on water” trip photographs, refreshments, all kayaking gear, experienced and friendly guides, small groups. Booking essential. Wildlife is common but as we can not control the movements of nature sightings are Never guaranteed, but mind blowing views an enjoyable paddle certainly is!

Restrictions: Recommended minimum age 10 years. Must be able to assist carrying heavy kayaks 100m over rocky terrain.