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Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve provided by Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
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from $140.55 per adult
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
The Sunrise Safari is our recommend trip of the day. The ocean is always much calmer in the early morning and the wildlife is 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 through blue waters escaping from the crowds, noise of other boats, the hustle and bustle of normal life, You will paddle through the reserve while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover.  You will engage with nature and beautiful serenity of sea kayaking during the most peaceful time of the day before the tour boats are on the water.  Your guide will provide an on water snack while sharing stories about this special marine reserve . Through out the Safari the massive scale of landscape will amaze you, and it is a once in a lifetime experience paddling through an extinct sea flooded volcano basin which is inhabited by endangered mammals. You will have the change to have close encounters with hector dolphins, white flippered penguins, NZ fur seals and Orca if you lucky! Your guide can answer any questions that you may have.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.You will also have the opportunity to take home photos of your day
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9811P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Light refreshments • Local guide • Local taxes • On water photographs
Exclusions
Lunch • Gratuities • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
3h
Departure details
Mandala Restaurant, 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand Turn the corner at the GENERAL PENINSULA STORE until you see the BOWLING CLUB. It is on the corner by the large grass recreational ground,walk towards the ocean, you will get to the bowling club. We meet on the picnic tables opposite on the grass.Allow 10 minutes to walk from main wharf
Inclusions
Light refreshments • Local guide • Local taxes • On water photographs
Exclusions
Lunch • Gratuities • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
Mandala Restaurant, 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand Turn the corner at the GENERAL PENINSULA STORE until you see the BOWLING CLUB. It is on the corner by the large grass recreational ground,walk towards the ocean, you will get to the bowling club. We meet on the picnic tables opposite on the grass.Allow 10 minutes to walk from main wharf
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age 10 years
Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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Doug Boniface
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
Outstanding experience
Mar 2021
We highly recommend this! Well organisied with great, quality equipment. NIck was an excellent guide who clearly knew a great deal about the history of Akaroa and its wildlife. Plenty if birdlife to enjoy and we were fortunate to experience a visit from a very large stingray.
Written 14 March 2021
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for joining us for a memorable paddle! There is always so much to see and we are so glad you had a great time all the best allie & greville
Written 21 March 2021
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Jake T
7 contributions
Perfect
Mar 2021 • Couples
My partner and I had an amazing time on one of Greville’s morning tours. He’s a very knowledgeable guide who talks about Akaroa with a lot of detail and love.
Our trip was made by a pod of Hector dolphins coming over to check us out in the kayaks. They stayed with us for a long time and it was awesome to see them so close.
Definitely one of our favourite experiences in NZ. Would recommend to anyone. Cheers Grenville
Written 14 March 2021
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for joining us for our recommended trip of the day. It really is a special experience to paddle with a guide through the marine reserve. All the best - Allie & Greivlle
Written 21 March 2021
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Nicole P
1 contribution
Great experience
Jan 2021 • Couples
Highly recommend - absolutely beautiful as well as interesting. Saw all sorts of wildlife including dolphins and fur seals. Thanks so much to the awesome guide.
Written 16 January 2021
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for joining us for a special early morning paddle, we are glad you could share this with us. All the best- allie and greville
Written 21 March 2021
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Anna
1 contribution
Dolphins at arms length
Dec 2020 • Couples
We took the early morning trip. Called the day before because we had some questions. Everything went very smooth.
We were being very lucky that a couple of hector dolphins appeared in quite a distance on our way back. They must have found us very interesting because they came up very close a couple of times - diving under our kayaks, swimming alongside, blowing water right between us. Incredible experience!

Greville and Allie are incredibly patient and kind. The tour with Greville was awesome, the kayaks with the paddle were something new and cool to us. Good introduction, good equipment, very good guided tour.
I like how considerate they are for the animals and environment, too. Thumbs up!
Written 11 January 2021
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for the review! We like to think we go out of our way to look after our guests and respect the precious environment we paddle in. Thanks so much for coming and sharing the magic of this area with us all the best Greville and Allie
Written 21 March 2021
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Emily P
4 contributions
Amazing
Nov 2020 • Couples
What an amazing thing to do, both of us loved every minute of this trip.
Hazel was an absolute legend and had heaps of local knowledge as we paddled about and also gave us a few ideas of things to do for the rest of our stay in Akaroa.
Hazel was so calm and confident on the water that you feel safe the whole time, we loved exploring on of the caves, such a surreal experience that's impossible to explain so you'll just have to do it yourself !!
Was also so awesome to see so many jellyfish I have never seen one before and to see one almost every 5 minutes was so cool.
10/10 would definitely do it again.
Thanks guys 😊
Written 27 November 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review Emily, awesome to hear you had a great tour with us, would love to host you again if you are back in the area! There is so much to see no two days are the same here in the marine reserve! All the best Allie & Greville
Written 29 November 2020
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cdjj
1 contribution
Get out there and do it
Nov 2020 • Family
Great experience on our sunrise kayak on a perfect morning. Interesting information given throughout the tour. We saw fur seals on the rocks and a couple of pods of hectors dolphins swam around us checking us out 3 or 4 times. Recommend this tour to everyone. Go do it.
Written 14 November 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed your time on the water with our excellent guides. All the best Allie & Greville
Written 29 November 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kristin B
1 contribution
Sunrise kayaking: an absolute must!!
Nov 2020 • Couples
Booked this kayak trip for my Birthday. Had a fantastic sunrise kayak with Greville as our helpful and knowledgeable guide. Took in breathtaking scenery from the quiet serenity of the kayak and was fortunate enough to see a range of bird and sea life - the playful hector’s dolphins being a favourite. But all done is an environmentally friendly and respectful way for the animals and habitat. Early morning was a lovely time to go and you feel like you’ve had some good exercise by the end of it as an extra bonus. Only regret was we were at the end of our stay and didn’t have more time to combine with the e-bike mountain biking as next time we’d definitely do this as well.
Booking online was easy and communication/information beforehand was also top notch. Thoroughly recommend.
Written 6 November 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review and for acknowledging the respect we have for our marine reserve and endangered marine mammals who reside with in. We are so happy you enjoyed your tour and we would love to take you on an Ebike tour if you are back in the area! All the best Allie & Greville
Written 29 November 2020
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strum3nt
Whangarei, New Zealand8 contributions
Fantastic morning kayak
Excellent guiding, interesting commentary, great value experience. They went out of their way to make sure we got the best experience possible (offered to switch days to optimise weather conditions). Saw a couple of pods of hectors dolphins too!!
Written 3 November 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for your review, that was a very special morning so we are so glad we could share it with you! All the best
Written 4 November 2020
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Guinevere Miller
1 contribution
Great Experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
We had a great time. Nick and Hazel were fun very informative. The conditions were perfect. We saw lots of bird life.
I would highly recommend the early tour as it is so much more peaceful. It started getting busy and noisy with boats and wave riders as we were ending our tour
Thank you
Written 25 October 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review! We are the first operators on the harbour every morning to make the most of the tranquil conditions, Public holidays do get a a bit busy so great choice going o the early tour! Thanks for coming!
Written 26 October 2020
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Nathan W
1 contribution
Great wildlife tour!
Mar 2020 • Couples
The tour was great–we enjoyed kayaking, learned about the area, and saw lots of wildlife–penguins, seals, and dolphins included!
Written 3 April 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review, so glad you enjoyed your sunrise tour with us! It's always so special to get chance sightings of endangered species!
Written 4 April 2020
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Awesome day with great guide (Hazel)
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It was fun!!
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Great experience
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Fun waters for the whole family.
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Great day
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Sarah & John
Brilliant Day! Little Blue penguin trailed us & Jake was a mine of information. As we sit in isolation, trying to
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The best time
We started off and it was cold and damp. However our guide Jake was amazing and I called him google as he knew ever
KathrynL1286
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INCREDIBLE experience! Thanks Jake!
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Kayaking with Jake is the best way to discover beautiful Akaroa Bay!
Our guide Jake made the day special. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about sea life, kayaking and New Zeal
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Fabulous time
Really enjoyed our time with tour guide Jake, the wild life and the Orcas appearance topped off a special day. Many
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