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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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97% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Group size:
15
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 9811P1
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
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
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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strum3nt
Whangarei, New Zealand8 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paul J
Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We booked this trip for my wife’s birthday and it was fantastic. Greville, our guide, was fun, friendly and very professional. We were of mixed abilities and experience and he was able to tailor his explanations to each of us. The kayaks were comfortable and very stable and we felt safe and supervised at all times, whilst being free to really get in close to explore the cliffs and caves of the harbour. The highlight was the pod of Hector’s dolphins who followed us as we paddled home, trying to ride the kayaks’ bow-waves and swimming between us. In the morning sunshine and with only a gentle swell on the harbour, it really was magical. Can’t really recommend it highly enough
Written 9 May 2022
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the review, Akaroa is one of the most magical places on earth early morning, no one around and glistening blue water - not to mention the wild life, Im glad you could share the magic with us!
Written 19 May 2022
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Emily P
4 contributions
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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Guinevere Miller
1 contribution
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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bigdanejespersen
Copenhagen, Denmark20 contributions
Jan 2020
Spendt a few hours ind what they call a wildlife reserve and a lot of nice pictures of dolphines and other stuff. there is not a chance in hell to see dolphines when a lot of people are cruising around on waterski and other boats but we was told this after and hour on the water by a guide(Jake)from usa there was only concentrating his time on the one couple from usa and leaving the rest of us far behind and not paying any attention to anything, Sooooo disapointing and only leaving os whith a lot of mosqito bites as a memory. If u want wildlife go on the Akarora dolphin cruise they deliver
Written 14 January 2020
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Akaroa G
Hi, this tour was one of our guides favourite of the season so far, your group had an amazing experience with a school of sharks and sting ray sightings! The video of this experience is one of our most viewed posts on social media so I find this unbelievable and very disappointing that you did not appreciate what you experienced.. Our area is a marine reserve. There are many species of birds and mammals and every day is different which makes our trips so popular as you can see from our other reviews. Hector dolphin sightings are a blessing not a right, we see them often but no one can guaranty wildlife sightings, you get what you get on the day and 99% of our guests appreciate this. Perhaps you were expecting a Seaworld type experience, if you want animals to appear on a schedule, or be tracked or confined for the tourists benefit this was not the tour for you. I suggest you research your operators in the future as we promote wildlife living in its natural habitat and we do our best to not interfere with the natural eco systems in any way.shape or form. Our guide Jake is the best in the business and it seems you did not want to engage with him through out the tour as he was sharing information about geology, flora and fauna. You are actually the only people in the history of our business to have a negative opinion about him, I see other activities have been victims to unfair reviews from you also.. I have sent you the videos, and photos of the sharks swimming under your kayak, photos of you holding a sea star the guide found for you, and also pics of you kayaking along side some beautiful geological features.It is a real shame you did not appreciate the beauty of the reserve and the special experience you had
Written 15 January 2020
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David P
1 contribution
Jan 2022
This was a great experience. Our initial date had to be rescheduled due to the weather but we were re-booked for the following day without any problem. The tour itself was wonderful - spectacular surroundings, and we were escorted by a pod of Hectors dolphins most of the way back. Lots of useful information from the very knowledgeable guide. Definitely a must do if you are in Akaroa and love the water and being in the outdoors. Highly recommended!
Written 24 January 2022
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Akaroa G
Thanks guys we are very lucky to paddle in this beautiful harbour! Glad you had a great time
Written 20 May 2022
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Kristin B
1 contribution
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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Alice
28 contributions
Took the early Akaroa sea kayaking tour as recommended by friends who saw Orcas the week before. We had a small group of 6 with 1 guide, Joey, who was excellent; very friendly, safe and giving loads of info on local wildlife and flora. We didn't see any dolphins or orcas, but had a fabulous time taking in the stunning bay. Easy level of kayaking. Would recommend to any level - early start but well worth it!
Written 2 January 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed your tour, wild life is unpredictable but that is why it is so magical when you have a sighting! Even if the wildlife is busy being wild, there is so much else to see, our guides love showing everyone around! Thanks for coming! Allie & Greville
Written 2 January 2020
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667trish
Otago Region, New Zealand15 contributions
Jan 2020
On returning to beautiful Akaroa we did the sunrise tour for a second time as we had loved it four years earlier. Were lucky to book it the day before we wanted to go. Jake the guide was excellent, great knowledge and interchange with us all. Didn't go as far up the harbour as last time but enjoyed being in the larger group. This is a very well run operation in an idealic location.Highly recommend for all ages.
Written 9 January 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks so much for coming to see us again! Every day is different in the harbour and marine reserve and we are still seeing new things every day! We are glad you enjoyed your tour second time around and welcome you to join any time you are in the area! all the best Allie & Greville
Written 9 January 2020
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Wanakakiwis
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a fantastic, relaxing trip with Jacob, our very helpful and friendly guide.
We saw lots of wildlife along the shoreline and dolphins and penguins in the sea, Jacob has extensive knowledge of the harbour and he made the trip so interesting with his commentary.
We definitely recommend this trip as a “must do” when you visit Akaroa.
Written 19 January 2020
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Akaroa G
Thanks for the great review, and thanks for visiting us a second time, Akaroa is one of the best and most scenic places in New Zealand for sea kayaking, so glad you enjoyed your tour! Allie & Greville
Written 19 January 2020
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