We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

Select Date and Travellers
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    When your cruise ship docks in the beautiful french village of Akaroa, stroll through town to the kayak base and meet your guide to begin your 3-hour tour. Following an informative safety briefing, your guides will prepare your kayak for launch then take to Akaroa’s volcanic basin waters.

    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. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. 

    During your tour, paddle quietly along through the blue waters of the extinct volcanic crater and listen as your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife that you come across. After approximately one hour, stop for a 15-minute break on a remote beach and enjoy free time to swim or rest your arms!

    Replenish lost energy with a light snack, then paddle onward as your guide shares stories from the region’s colorful past. As you explore, admire panoramic views and your guide will be taking on water photos for you If you wish to take home a memory of your day.

    When your kayak adventure comes to an end, paddle your kayak back to base — an easy 10-minute walk from the wharf through he boutique shops and cafes leads you back to the main wharf. Safe and dry!
    Show More
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Ratatouille Restaurant Akaroa, 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guests who book directly through the cruise ships are offered a complimentary pick up at the wharf. 5 min drive, 10 min walk.

    Meet outside the Bowling Club
    Departure Time
    11:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Guide
    • Light refreshments
    • Kayak safari
    • On water photographs
    • Lunch
    • Transport to/from attractions
    • Gratuities
    Show More
    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
    Reviews (72)
    There are newer reviews for Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve
    See the most recent reviews
    Filter reviews
    58 results
    Traveller rating
    Traveller type
    Time of year
    Traveller rating
    Show reviews that mention
    All reviews shore excursion knowledgeable guide safety briefing excellent trip great weather geological features hectors dolphins mussels great morning guided tour new zealand early morning just the right amount an amazing guide sea life these guys rock formations
    Selected filters
    Updating list...
    26 - 30 of 58 reviews
    Reviewed 18 November 2018

    Decided to go kayaking, a first time experience for the both of us. Jake was an amazing guide and teacher. We first learnt some of the basic motions and the practiced. We felt safe every step of the way in the water. Would definitely recommend...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank JCYN12
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

    Thanks so much for your review, we are delighted you got to share the experience of paddling through the turquoise waters of our marine reserve with our knowledgeable local guide. They know all the secrets of this special area and love to share as much...More

    Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

    We had a great experience with these guys. We had a last minute change to our itinerary and called the company up the morning that we wanted to go. They had no trips planned for that day (weather forecast had been borderline), but they called...More

    Thank andymN9859UY
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

    Thanks so much for the review, we are so happy we could get you on the water, it would be such a shame if you missed seeing our slice of paradise, our safaris are often the highlight of a nz holiday so that was great...More

    Reviewed 16 October 2018

    We had a very professional experience on the water with Graville and Allie. They ensured our safety and comfort and showed us the beautiful nature and wildlife in this very special part of the world. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends.More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank TravellingScientists
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2018

    Thanks so much for your review, we are so happy we could look after you and show you this magical flooded volcanic crater the best way.. via kayak! No pollution, no noise and no impact is how we like to ensure our fragile marine reserve...More

    Reviewed 29 September 2018

    Excellent communication and easy directions to find the meeting point. Greville, our guide, arrived on time and was very friendly. The pre-kayak safety brief and equipment was great and made me feel confident that our trip to was going to be a relaxing one. The...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank karenjruby
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

    Thanks so much for the review Karen, we really appreciate it and we loved having you out on the water with us, thanks so much for joining us and safe travels home! Allie & Greville

    Reviewed 9 April 2018

    Jake was our guide, he was very knowledge and professional. The experience was very enjoyable and I learnt so much interesting information from Jake. Would highly recommend this to others. I was very grateful this opportunity came up on Grabone as it was a great...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank Sandra H
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

    Thanks for the review Sandra, we are so happy you enjoyed our service, we go out of our way to provide a great experience for people from all over the world and kiwis too! Thanks for coming! Allie & greville

    View more reviews
    Questions & Answers
    Ask a question
    23 April 2019|
    AnswerShow all 6 answers
    Response from travelingdad56 | Reviewed this property |
    Photos were sent the next day
    25 October 2018|
    Response from TravellingScientists | Reviewed this property |
    Sounds just like the conditions we had about 2 weeks ago. We were fine - plenty of layers on and yes, the kayaks have skirts so we didn't get wet. I would still go for it!
    Key Details
    • Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
    • Duration: 3h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Languages Offered: English, French, Spanish
    Why Book on TripAdvisor?
    • Low Price Guarantee
    • Secure Payments
    • 24/7 SupportCall: +1 855 275 5071