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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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$77.95
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Ages 10-90, max of 12 per group
Duration:3h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English, French, Spanish


  • Light refreshments
  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • On Water Photographs
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We will email you detailed information on how to get to our starting point/pick up which is outside the bowling club in Akaroa.
  • 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand You will be emailed detailed directions to our meeting point upon making a reservation
  • Ports:
  • Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 61 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • The Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand
Return details
  • Returns to original departure 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.
  • Minimum age 10 years
  • Operates During summer months September-May
  • A maximum of 15 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 12 travelers

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

How much is Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve?
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Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve is hosted by Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve on Tripadvisor
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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

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    40F Rue Lavaud
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
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    Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
    Stop: 3 hours
    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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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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69paulj
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The best thing we did in Akaroa
We booked this trip for my wife’s birthday and it was fantastic. Greville, our guide, was fun, friendly and very pr
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Two fantastic tours
Two fantastic tours: kayaking in the morning and the lava loop on ebikes in the afternoon. The kayaking was great w
112WendyH
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Fantastic!
We had a bit of a false start as the weather meant we couldn't do it on the original day but worked out for the bes
Sezzaobrien
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Awesome day with great guide (Hazel)
Absolutely loved it. Got great weather and stunning views. Hazel was a great and very knowledgeable guide. Definite
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Paddling with dolphins and penguins on a chill and balmy day in Akaroa with Nick
Paddling in Akaroa on a balmy day through the clouds floating atop the waters and Kelp forest, together with New Ze
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Outstanding experience
We highly recommend this! Well organisied with great, quality equipment. NIck was an excellent guide who clearly kn
Jake T
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Perfect
My partner and I had an amazing time on one of Greville’s morning tours. He’s a very knowledgeable guide who talks
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Great experience
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Dolphins at arms length
We took the early morning trip. Called the day before because we had some questions. Everything went very smooth. W
EmilyPlim
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Amazing
What an amazing thing to do, both of us loved every minute of this trip. Hazel was an absolute legend and had heaps
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Get out there and do it
Great experience on our sunrise kayak on a perfect morning. Interesting information given throughout the tour. We s
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nadofam
Quedjinup, Australia158 contributions
Feb 2020
Our guide Jake made the day special. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about sea life, kayaking and New Zealand, and he ensured all of us were safe and able to enjoy all the bay had to offer. He was also sensitive to preserving the peace and well-being of the animals and environment. The group was small (four plus Jake). The two person kayaks were very stable, and included foot pedals for steering and a skirt around the cockpits that helped keep us dry. We saw Hector dolphins (from a non-threatening distance), tasted seaweed (actually delicious), held strange sea creatures and learned a great deal about the bay and New Zealand animal and plant life. And we had a lot of fun! Thank you Jake for a fantastic day!!
Written March 17, 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for your lovely review, our tours really are the best way to see the marine reserve up close and personal! With chance sightings always a possibly for seeing endangered species , this makes out tours very exciting to see what is around each corner for participants and guides alike!!
Written March 22, 2020
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honeybee550
Christchurch, New Zealand72 contributions
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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Akaroa G
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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DavidX1071BD
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were in a group of seven. Joey was a fantastic guide with great knowledge of the history, flora & fauna of the lake and surrounds. Kayaking is a great way to see all of this in a peaceful and natural way. We were so lucky to see a local dolphin within metres of our kayak! It was not too difficult for us kayaking novices. Just need a good sense of balance and mild fitness. Highly recommended.
Written February 20, 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed your kayak tour in our beautiful nature and marine reserve. Our guides are great with beginners so we are glad you were well looked after. Thanks again
Written February 21, 2020
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Raewyn H
6 contributions
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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Akaroa G
Glad you had a great time, thanks so much for coming!
Written May 20, 2022
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Shirlene P
Frisco, TX9 contributions
Feb 2020
We had a wonderful kayaking experience with Joey. He was extremely knowledgable about all the coves, animal and plant life, and obviously, about kayaking. He gave us a brief, but thorough safety run through, then we hit the water. Joey was able to answer all questions, keeping a running commentary about the area. It was a very fun excursion that we would willingly repeat. We encountered many birds and one adorable penguin floating along.
Written February 13, 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for the review, and for joining us on a beautiful sea kayaking tour through Akaroa's nature and marine reserves. We are so glad you loved your tour. Safe travels
Written February 14, 2020
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cfma2000
Melbourne, Australia137 contributions
Sep 2022
We awoke to snow on the hills around Akaroa and a hailstorm. Greville offered us alternatives, later departure or even money back to cancel if we chose. We opted to kayak and what a wonderful trip. A beautiful paddle, learning lots along the way. Safety and our enjoyment were Greville's prime concerns throughout. We were so pleased we chose to go ahead.
Written September 17, 2022
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review, and great choice to get on the water! Conditions were great just a bit colder than normal but nothing some warm clothes can't fix! Good on you for being adventurous! It always is worth it!
Written October 5, 2022
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Eileen E
68 contributions
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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Akaroa G
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, MI57 contributions
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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Akaroa G
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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Meredith Richards
5 contributions
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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Akaroa G
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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Simon S
Guangzhou, China4 contributions
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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Akaroa G
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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