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Akaroa Crater Cruiser Sea Kayaking Safari

Join a sea kayaking adventure through Akaroa Harbour to discover remote bays and extinct volcanoes

Akaroa, New Zealand
DurationDuration2 hrs 30 mins
Start & End TimeStart & End Time11.30 am to 2.00 pm
Max Group SizeMax Group Size8
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffNot included
Minimum AgeMinimum Age10+
Start & End LocationStart & End LocationAkaroai

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • 2.5-hour guided sea kayaking cruise through Akaroa's marine reserve

  • Admire the fascinating geological features of the extinct volcanic craters

  • Enjoy chance encounters with an array of wildlife 

  • Stop for a light snack on a quiet beach

  • All kayaking equipment including lifejackets

  • Experienced & knowledgeable nature guide to provide informative commentary

What to Expect

Enjoy a nature-lover's safari through one of the best sea kayaking destinations in New Zealand! Kayaking is the ultimate way to see some of the most mind-blowing views in the pristine Banks Peninsula, where the mountains meet the ocean. 


Join your experienced nature guide in Akaroa as you head off through the harbour on your 2.5-hour kayaking adventure hugging the coastline. As you gently paddle along, features of interest and marine life will be pointed out by your guide. Chance sightings of endangered species such as hector dolphins, white flippered penguins and fur seals are also possible depending on the day.


While exploring remote bays and inlets your guide will tell stories about the extinct volcano you are paddling through and take photos for you whilst gliding through the stunning turquoise waters. Originally an island formed by two volcanic cones, the Banks Peninsula is the South Island’s most interesting volcanic feature and you can enjoy paddling past some amazing geological formations. 


Stop on a remote beach for a short comfort break, during which you can explore, swim or simply soak up the pristine New Zealand environment. You will also get to try one of New Zealand’s world-famous Cookie Time cookies, straight from the factory in Christchurch!


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


Departure info

This tour departs from the meeting point at 40 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Light Rain Jacket
  • Comfortable active wear- easy to take on & off layers!
  • Sports shoes
  • Bottled water (reusable bottle if possible)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Medication (optional)

Yes, this is a great activity that all families can enjoy together.

Our minimum age is 10 years old and each child needs to be paired with an adult family member who has some kayaking experience.The children must be able to assist their parents with some paddling.


You will get your ankles and feet wet as your climb into your kayak but apart from this our spray skirts will keep you warm and dry. We recommend bringing a light jacket as the weather can be changeable.


Our safaris are designed for folks of all ages who would like to experience Sea Kayaking. Beginners are welcome! A basic level of fitness is required and you must be able to get yourself in and out of your kayak easily, unassisted. Back injuries or very tall people may have issues travelling comfortably.


Your safety and well-being are our number one priority. Strong winds and large swell can cause us to cancel sea kayaking trips from time to time but this is quite rare. We are completely mobile and lucky to have many different locations to operate in depending on the wind direction.

Rain, on the other hand, is “sweet as” and all trips will proceed as normal! If the weather is looking unsuitable for your trip we will SMS or email you beforehand to give you the opportunity to reschedule.



Terms & Conditions:
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • You must be able to get in & out of your kayak unassisted
  • Not suitable for guests with back problems
Cancellation Policy:
  • All reservations are non-refundable unless the operator cancels due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances
  • If the operator cancels your booking you will be given a chance to re-book or receive a full refund
  • No-shows will be charged 100% of the booking price

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