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The Sunrise Safari is a great option as the ocean is always a lot calmer in the early morning and the wildlife is a lot more active! Your tour begins with a relaxed and informative introduction briefing, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure on Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic basin waters. After your briefing, your experienced local guide will prepare your kayak for launch onto the water. Comfort and safety is always a priority. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out and have chance to try out your new skills before heading off on your adventure. Escape from the crowds, noise of other boats, and hustle and bustle of normal life.

You will gently paddle along the coastline while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover.
Exploring remote bays and inlets for around 60 minutes, you will engage with nature and beautiful serenity of sea kayaking during the most peaceful time of the day. Taking a comfort break on a remote beach for around 20 minutes you can explore, swim or simply soak up our pure New Zealand environment. Your guide will serve snacks while sharing stories about the area, our unique Kiwi French village by the sea.

You will launch your kayaks back into the water and continue to search and discover while your guide watches out for interesting activity. Throughout the Safari the massive scale of landscape will amaze you, and it is a once in a lifetime experience paddling in an extinct sea flooded volcano basin.

Your kayaking adventure comes to an end when you land back onto the beach you left a few hours before. You will feel inspired, relaxed, rejuvenated, and fulfilled about what you have seen and experienced. We can also provide accommodation pick up and drop off service upon request if you are not within walking distance and without a car.
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Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
Swap your cruise ship for a kayak on this 3-hour shore excursion from Akaroa and enjoy a thrilling close encounter with native wildlife. Paddle your way around remote bays, inlets and sandy beaches; admire the dramatic scenery of the once-active volcano basin; then cool off with a swim. Along the way, keep a lookout for some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife sightings, including Hector Dolphins, penguins and orca whales.
  • 3-hour Akaroa wildlife safari by kayak
  • Paddle around the ancient volcano basin of Akaroa Harbor
  • Full instruction provided: suitable for all abilities including first-timers
  • Small group tour ensures a personalized experience
  • Spot Hector Dolphins, penguins, and orca whales in their natural environment
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Reviewed 1 March 2018
Unforgetable Day On The Water In Akoroa

Hooking up with our guide Jake was easy and his instructions on the use of the kayak, important safety measures, and all related equipment was clear and concise. After a quick shakedown paddle across the bay Jake led us on an incredible 3 1/2 hour...More

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Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Thank you so much for the review Mark, it means alot to us as we put our heart and souls into our tours and ensure we only have the best of the best guides looking after our guests on the water., We are so happy...More

Reviewed 26 February 2018
Exceptional paddle

Great paddle, great guides in Greville and Jake. knowledgeable guides, go early so you can still spend time in town.

Thank hessmrj
Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thanks so much for the review! We are go happy you enjoyed your paddle around our flooded volcanic crater! Safe travels Allie & greville

Reviewed 25 February 2018
Day tour off of Ship

Jake was our tour guide and he was really good. After a safety and instructional briefing we took off. We had kayak skirts which helped a lot. You don’t get wet under those. We also were in a double kayak instead of singles, which I...More

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Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thanks so much for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to send that in! Our kayak safaris are such a great shore excursion choice for cruise ship passengers as you get to see all the stunning features of the harbour close up...More

Reviewed 31 January 2018
Kayak with harbor hector dolphins

We had a wonderful experience with our guide Jake. His attention to safety and technique instruction was thorough, thoughtful and respectful. He has a comprehensive resume of outdoor and marine sports . His knowledge of Akaroa history and wildlife was terrific. We saw so many...More

Thank kerbyls
Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thanks so much for your review, we are so happy you enjoyed your trip, we ensure we have the best and most experienced guides looking after our clients and it is great you got to enjoy this amazing area with us, as there is so...More

Reviewed 30 January 2018
A great morning

I couldn't have enjoyed my morning more, and it was pouring with rain. Greg was a brilliant guide. I highly recommend them.More

Thank SarahDedinburgh
Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

Thanks so much for coming and we are so happy you enjoyed your kayak trip in the rain with us! The rainy conditions are premium for kayaking, nice and calm, plus it can bring out the wildlife to say hello, good on you for getting...More

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