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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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Akaroa, New Zealand
Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Spend your time in port in Akaroa on a small-group shore excursion, sea kayaking around the harbor. Bask in the scenery of remote bays and inlets, and catch a glimpse of local marine life, including penguins, orcas, and endangered Hector’s dolphins. You’ll paddle for three hours with a guide through the basin of an extinct volcano and stop for a snack and swim at a coastal beach. This tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port.
  • Small-group Akaroa sea kayak shore excursion
  • Paddle to remote inlets and beaches in Akaroa Harbour
  • Search the clear waters for penguins, orcas, and Hector’s dolphins
  • Hear commentary from a kayak guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Light refreshments
Kayak safari
On water photographs
Air-conditioned vehicle
Transport to/from attractions
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
40F Rue Lavaud , 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

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  • Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre , 61 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Lyttelton Port of Christchurch , 41 Chapmans Road, Hillsborough, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
  • 11:30 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.If you are arriving via cruise ship our meeting point is outside the bowling club in Akaroa
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Akaroa Guided Kayaks
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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.

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    130 Reviews
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    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    New Zealand Kayak - Akaroa
    , Dec 2020
    Excellent excellent excellent New Zealand beautiful, kayaks in good shape, and with rudder! Our guide did great job of balancing skill of group, providing plenty of water time, and describing surroundings. Look forward to returning.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
    Thanks so much for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed your kayak tour with us, we pride ourselves on ensuring our guests get the most amount of water time and value for money. See you again next time hopefully! safe travels!
    50th birthday celebration
    , Nov 2020
    My friend and I went kayaking to celebrate our fiftieth birthdays. The kayaks take two people each, and including us there were six guests, plus our guide, Nick. We had a great time and saw heaps of cool volcanic rock fissures and birds galore. In a couple of places the wind picked up and we had to paddle seriously hard to stick to the coast line, but our trusty guide Nick was on hand to tow anyone that got into trouble. He also told us heaps about the history of Akaroa and recommended a delicious fish and chip shop. We really enjoyed ourselves :)
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
    Thanks so much for the review and happy 50th birthdays! We are so happy you had a great time. Thanks again for coming!
    Penguin sighting
    , Mar 2020
    We thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking adventure. All the staff were extremely friendly, helpful, and fun. The boats and equipment were in excellent condition and the itinerary was just right vis-a-vis time and distance travelled. The real highlight was our guide, Joey. He had a great sense of humor and extensive knowledge of the local history and wildlife. Most enjoyable!
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
    Thanks so much for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed your tour, our guides are exceptional and will make sure every tour is special for the paddlers! Thanks for coming!
    Great day on the water!!
    , Feb 2020
    We are avid kaykers and have kayaked the west coast of BC. Jake and Joey were fantastic guides. Their passion for knowledge of the history of the area and the flora and fauna was most impressive. Great day on the water!!
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Thanks so much for joining us in beautiful Akaroa for a sea kayaking tour with our awesome guides -we are glad you had a great time! safe travels!
    Unfavorable weather
    , Feb 2020
    The guide was wonderful. The weather was horrible. It rained the entire time and the winds blew so hard we were unable to leave the shelter of the cove. It was grey and visibility was limited. So... just be warned this trip is NOT cancelled for foul weather. Bring rain gear and smile for the camera!
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    The weather is what it is on the day, that is the beauty of being in nature, if conditions are safe for kayaking we operate. Many of our best tours have been in rainy conditions, it is up to each participant if they join in or not. You did not have to come if you do not like the rain! Spray skirts are provided and a rain jacket is all you need to stay dry. Rainy conditions often mean we have the harbour to ourselves and the wildlife is often more active on days like these, for these reasons I personally LOVE kayaking in the rain :)
    Awesome experience!
    , Feb 2020
    Jake was our Kayak tour guide and could not have been more perfect! We were fortunate enough to see four Hector dolphin sightings and Jake's insight into the dolphins and other marine life was amazing. He has an in-depth knowledge of various birds, plant life and marine life. We loved all of the staff, very nice and efficient. Thank you!
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Thanks so much for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed your sea kayaking experience with us here in Akaroa, one of the best destinations to sea kayak in NZ! Our guides are not only kayak guides but very knowledgeable nature guides which makes the tours great value for money. Thanks for joining us and safe travels!
    Amazing experience
    , Jan 2020
    We went along the rocky coastline and discovered cages, remnants of volcanos and spotted a Hector dolphin! The guides told us many things about the nature and history of the bay. They were very enthusiastic. Equipments was good. We enjoyed it very much.
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
    So great to hear you loved your tour! Our guides love paddling through this stunning marine reserve with our guests and enjoy it as much as the visitors, the views never get old! There is so much to see and learn about, thanks for coming and sharing this experience with us! safe travels Allie & Grevile
    Great Afternoon on the Water
    , Dec 2019
    Lots of fun! Our guide Jake was awesome, very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and scenery, threw some cute jokes in there as well. Got to see some amazing rock formations and lots of local birds. My husband and I have very little experience on a kayak and Jake was really patient with us and took his time to help guide us in the right direction.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
    Thanks so much for taking the time to send us your positive comments, we are so glad you enjoyed your sea kayaking safari with us and we hope you will be inspired to kayak again, it is such a great way to explore beautiful places! Safe onward travels! Akaroa kayaks team
    Bird watching
    , Mar 2019
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and very adept at kayaking. He did a very good job of pointing out anything he spotted along the way. Was a little disappointed that the only thing we saw were a few different types of birds. It probably had to do with the time of year we were there. The kayaking was enjoyable and the view were good.
    Kayaking with an Expert Guide
    , Jan 2019
    We had a great time Kayaking in Akaroa. Our guide Jake, was a wealth of knowledge and made the experience a lot of fun. The day we went out was gray and threatening rain, so we weren't sure we wanted to do this, however, the rain held off and we had a wonderful time.

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