Akaroa Tours
Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
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Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

By Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
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Ages 10-90, max of 17 per group
Duration: 2–3 hours
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  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • All kayaking equipment including spray skirts and jackets
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Snacks


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  • Ākaroa Bowling Club, Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
    Cruise passengers coming into Akaroa Port can easily walk to our location which is a 10 mins stroll from the wharf. Lyttleton Cruise passengers must book through this link to secure transport and activity. https://www.leisuretours.co.nz/day_tour/sea-kayaking/
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9811P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • You must be able to get in and out of your kayak unassisted.
    • Operates During summer months September-May
    • A maximum of 17 people per booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 17 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9811P2

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    • Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
      Cruise passengers coming into Akaroa Port can easily walk to our location which is a 10 mins stroll from the wharf. Lyttleton Cruise passengers must book through this link to secure transport and activity. https://www.leisuretours.co.nz/day_tour/sea-kayaking/
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      Our Guided Sea Kayak Safari's take place in beautiful Akaroa- this is one of the best locations to sea kayak in NZ! Join us for a once in a lifetime opportunity to paddle through a marine reserve in an extinct volcano basin. Highlights include jaw dropping scenery, amazing geology that is unique to the area and the chance to see some of the most endangered marine life on the planet including Hector Dolphins, White-flipper penguins, NZ fur seals and native sea birds..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 with your own nature/kayak guide answering all of your questions along the way while keeping you safe on the water.. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. So come and join us! Explore, Experience and Enjoy! Paradise awaits only 80 minutes from Christchurch!
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    • Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
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      Akaroa, New Zealand
      Joined in September 2010
    • 502josephc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful morning paddling on Akaroa harbor!
      Really great experience with these guys! Lee was an excellent teacher for my family members who hadn't kayaked in a while, and set a great example and pace for the group. Knew exactly when to chip in with facts, conversation, or paddling advice and when to just let us enjoy. Very observant and obviously clued into safety. Kayaks were nice, and stayed almost totally dry with the provided spray skirt. Traveled 5 miles (return) down Akaroa harbor and back, seeing lots of amazing geologic features, fur seals, sea birds, and even a blue penguin.
      Written April 7, 2024
    • L9180EYaliciak
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We saw starfish from our kayak!
      I had such a wonderful time, the tour was informative and the waters were really calm. Lucia took time to point out wildlife along the way and we even slow paddled along the shore, where she pointed out sea stars! There is no way we would have been able to spot on our own. Thanks!
      Written March 27, 2024
    • nataliewD2798FA
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome early morning adventure
      Shout out to our guide John who was awesome and told us all the cool facts we wanted to know about the animals and reserve. I also know it’s not guaranteed but my friend and I were lucky enough to see all the sea birds, as well as all three: penguins, seals and dolphins!! And all were quite close to us!! One of the dolphins even swan along with us and road the bow of our kayak! It was so cool and we had such a good time. I highly recommend this early morning adventure, especially if you have some time and want to do something early before a long day of driving like we did :)
      Written March 12, 2024
    • Road58390045491
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Promoting John and Lee 😊
      Both guides were FANTASTIC and FUN. Organized and professional with a great sense of humor. Thank you for a great kayak experience this morning. I loved the education about the birds. The volcano was amazing lols. Cheers Matty
      Written February 15, 2024
    • trennaf2015
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayak safari
      An amazing trip my first time in a a kayak and our guide Lucia was patient and knowledgeable. I loved it, would highly recommend. A great way to spend and afternoon in Akaroa
      Written February 12, 2024
    • JWest03
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayaking, dolphins and knowledgeable guides
      Had a fantastic time on my tour of Akaroa Harbour and was so excited to see the Hector's dolphins! My guide Jon was incredibly knowledgeable about the local area including the history, both Maori and European, and the plants and animals. He kept up morale during some very windy paddling as well. Thanks for a memorable afternoon!
      Written January 26, 2024
    • Richard H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spectacular e-mountain bike tour
      Great experience. Super easy to deal with over booking. Greville was a great mixture of expert guide and lively company. The bikes were excellent and the views spectacular! Highly recommended.
      Written January 16, 2024
    • jemdru
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant kayaking experience !!
      Today on Akaroa waters was a fabulous experience with guide John. He got us on to the water with a minimum of fuss. The weather (high tide, low wind, moderate temperature) was in our favour. With informative commentary, He took us to the sea mouth of the bay via sea cave and an “escort “ from some playful and rare (for the planet) Hector dolphins. Brilliant !!
      Written January 15, 2024
    • Sightsee54746615826
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastical
      The guided tour was great fun. John our guide put us at ease straight away. Saw numerous sea birds but the icing on the cake, the hector dolphins. Would highly recommend, a great way to spend the morning.
      Written January 15, 2024
    • Safari60911497467
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Akaroa Sea Kayaking,
      Lee & Jon, our two guides from Akaroa Sea Kayaking, (Jan 13th 2024) are outstanding! They are extremely friendly, fun and just wonderful people, and a real pleasure to meet and kayak with! Thankyou Allie for your amazing communication!
      Written January 14, 2024
    • Anelise P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely experience :)
      Our guide Lucia, in addition to her excellent skills on guiding us in this experience, she’s also loved by the Hector dolphins! 😄 We had a lovely, relaxed and pleasant morning and Lucia was also making sure that we were safe while paddling. Great experience and a wonderful start of the new year! Thank you 🙏
      Written December 31, 2023
    • Dreamer61268095847
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great easy trip to do!
      The trip was very fun! Lee and Lucia were great guides and made the kayaking very easy and enjoyable. Akaroa is a really cool place to visit, but a visit isn’t complete without seeing the sea life up close. Plus it’s nice to be on the cool water during a hot day.
      Written December 31, 2023
    • Larry B
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lava Loop on e-bikes
      Tried ebikes for the first time. Super-fun, covered lots of ground easily, spectacular views. Greville was a wonderful guide, informative and very experienced and careful. Highly recommended!
      Written November 29, 2023
    • Q8796DMaliced
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun and informative kayaking trip!
      We made a same day booking for the 11:30am trip and these guys were able to make it work for us. We loved the guided tour of Akaroa marine reserve and our guide Lee was great. He was very enthusiastic, informative and fun. This made the whole experience even better! We will definitely be recommending this trip to others!
      Written November 18, 2023
    • X3362LZarnaudf
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      Amazing expérience with Liam ! Professionnals and complete explanation about wildlife and caldera formation. To add on your to-do list in NZ without hesitation !
      Written November 16, 2023
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    Eileen E
    63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    Jake and Joey were amazing guides. They were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. We are not experienced at kayaking but these guides quickly put us at ease. They pointed out some amazing wildlife during the tour. Jake and Joey were very safety conscious. I can highly recommend this tour and would gladly do it again.
    Eileen and Mike
    Written February 16, 2020
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    Thanks so much for the review and we hope to see you again for another beautiful tour in Akaroa marine reserve with our wonderful guides
    Written February 16, 2020
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    Liz D
    Livonia, MI81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove down to Akaroa from Christchurch specifically to go kayaking. It turned into such a fantastic trip.

    After grabbing breakfast in town, we went on the 11:30 am tour with Jake and Joey. They were very friendly and helped us get all of our gear for the adventure. Jake took our group of six people in three kayaks around the harbor.

    Jake was an extremely knowledgeable guide. He knows a lot about the birds, geology, and history surrounding the harbor. He kept our group informed while we kayaked around. I kayak frequently and love when I have a knowledgeable tour guide. It makes it worth the price.

    We saw many birds (my new favorite are the Shags!). We even got to see two dolphins!

    All in all, it was a beautiful trip. This company takes safety seriously and will change the trip based on the winds. The guides are knowledgeable, and the scenery is positively gorgeous. Highly recommend!
    Written January 2, 2020
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    Thanks so much for the review, safety first is our mottto and it's great to be mobile so that we can ensure we are always in the most sheltered area depending on the days conditions, our guides are really the best, they will always make sure you get the most out of your experience, there is so much to see if you know where to look so thanks so much for coming along! Allie & Greville
    Written January 3, 2020
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    honeybee550
    Christchurch, New Zealand66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020 • Business
    From booking through to arriving back on shore this was an excellent company to work with and they delivered a top notch experience. Hazel was our guide and was exceedingly good - she was knowledgeable, friendly and got on well with our group.
    There is a lot to see and we were lucky to have calm water.
    Highly recommend
    Written November 26, 2020
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    Thanks for the review! So happy you enjoyed your experience with us! All the best Allie & Greville
    Written November 29, 2020
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    Meredith Richards
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Solo
    Joey was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable about the local geology and wild life. We enjoyed his jokes and eye for spotting details (fun to know you can brew beer from the roots of the cabbage palm and cool that we tried seaweed.) Exploring by kayak is the best way to appreciate the details of this unique ecosystem and support it by making a sustainable transport choice! Super fun time paddling :)
    Written January 22, 2020
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    Thanks so much for your lovely review, our guides are simply the best in the business and really love sharing this incredible marine reserve with visitors. Thanks also for supporting a sustainable mode of transport to explore this fragile eco system! All the best Allie & Greville
    Written January 23, 2020
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    Hannah K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    My family and I went on the 3 hour kayak tour and we had a great time! Our guide, Jake, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable! He was able to point out lots of wildlife and give loads of information about the animals, area and history. He made it an amazing experience, and very accessible for beginners. Highly recommend!
    Written January 12, 2020
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    Thanks so much for the review, what a special experience to have as a family, we are so glad you enjoyed your tour, there is so much to see here in our stunning marine reserve.and our guides know all the secrets! Thanks for coming! Allie & Greville
    Written January 12, 2020
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    Simon S
    Guangzhou, China8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    Before this activity, my partner and I had virtually no experience with kayaks (and I also have an irrational fear of octopods hiding in seaweed, which: irrelevant), but our guide, Joey, was both professional and personable, so we were able to relax very quickly.

    The summer day we did this was remarkably similar to a winter's morning, but the rowing kept us warm and distracted. The pace and distance were totally manageable for us, and there was always something to look and marvel at. I really enjoyed the sea caves (the tide prevented us from getting too close, unfortunately) and seeing terns diving into the water. My partner enjoyed all the views, plus the fact that neither of us capsized.

    Joey (an American) surprised me (an actual Cantabrian), with his wealth of knowledge of Akaroa harbour: geology, ornithology, Maori history, European history, local salmon farm mishaps, where to get decent fish and chips, I could go on. Whatever topic I brought up, he always had some facts or stories to share about them.

    We didn't see Hector's dolphins on our particular journey, but we are both still so pleased we had this experience. I already had many happy memories of Akaroa from my childhood, but seeing it from on the water itself has given me a more intimate appreciation for the entire harbour.
    Written March 6, 2020
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    Thanks for the detailed review! WE are glad you enjoyed your tour. are trips are very informative for local NZ residents and tourists alike! Our guides know all the secret treasures hidden with in the marine reserve which makes it valuable travelling in small intimate groups so that you have time to ask questions and learn about what you are seeing! Thanks for coming!
    Written March 9, 2020
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    elgatofuerte
    Orlando, FL12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic choice for a scenic kayak tour in the gorgeous Akaroa marine reserve!

    We knew that swimming with dolphins was a risky option for Akaroa (never guaranteed) but still wanted to see the sights of the harbor.

    Found the Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari and were super happy with the experience!

    The volcanic basin waters and beaches were of course beautiful, but in terms of the tour everything was really well done.

    Easy to find the pickup spot, the kayaks were excellent, the splash skirts kept even mom warm and dry, and Jake our personal tour guide was engaging, knowledgeable, and funny!

    He also took some spectacular photos of us out on the water, provided after the tour for no additional charge.

    Thanks for the great tour, everyone at AGKS!
    Written February 19, 2020
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    Thanks for the great review and we are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us, we love hosting families as kayaking is such a great activity for all ages and what better place to do it than right here in beautiful Akaroa.! Glad you enjoyed your free photos, thanks again!
    Written February 19, 2020
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    Raewyn H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    A great introduction to kayaking. Hazel was fab - very tolerant of novice kayakers and good with the camera. Lots of laughs. Great scenery, good commentary and a fab experience. Hint - be the front person so you can't see the anger in your spouses eyes when you are both paddling independently! Had a great time.
    Written April 2, 2022
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    Glad you had a great time, thanks so much for coming!
    Written May 20, 2022
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    Alex & George
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020 • Couples
    We had the absolute pleasure of having Jake as our tour guide. He explained to us all the safety instructions and we practiced them first so when we reached water we felt safe and secure. The experience was amazing, he is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he is doing. He showed us a lot of bird and marine life and also covered interesting historical facts about Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. The cookie was a really nice touch and a good energiser.
    Written March 14, 2020
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    Thanks for the wonderful review, so glad you enjoyed your tour with our fantastic guides, they always go the extra mile to ensure every one has a 5 star experience. Thanks for coming
    Written March 15, 2020
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    LaurieLuLu
    Amelia Island, FL10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    We were so happy with this tour and especially our guide Jake. He had the knowledge of a marine biologist, was an expert 10 year veteran of the business, and was enthusiastic. We saw a dolphins and many sea creatures. He would explain everything thoroughly about each creature we found. Also, safety was forefront. Highly recommend Jake and this company.
    Written January 25, 2020
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    Thanks so much for your review, that is so lovely to hear you enjoyed your tour. Our guides are the best in the business to ensure our guests are well looked after! Thanks so much for visiting us in this special marine reserve on our back door step! Allie & Greville
    Written January 26, 2020
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