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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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    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!
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    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
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    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.
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    Reviewed 14 December 2017

    We went on the early tour and had an amazing time. We had great weather. The Hectors Dolphins were frolicking around our kayaks and racing us through the water. Saw plenty of water birds and a seal. The guides were informative and we were given...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

    Thanks so much for the review, and thanks for getting up early to share the magic with us. We love to take people to the secret areas other tourists would not get to see! have a great time in NZ Allie & Greville

    Reviewed 10 December 2017

    What a wonderful experience, kayaking in such a beautiful harbour as Akaroa. Having dolphins swimming alongside us is something we will never forget. Greville was a great guide with plenty of knowledge. Allie was very helpful in arranging the tour as we were arriving from...More

    Date of experience: December 2017
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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

    Thanks much for taking the time to review us Kay! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour, it was so wonderful the hector dolphins our little buddies were having a great day hanging out with us as well! Safe travels and happy cruising! Allie...More

    Reviewed 27 November 2017

    My husband and I went out with Greville on Saturday morning. The communication before the day was excellent. The email information was very detailed and we felt very well prepared for the day. The instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. Greville and Allie...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

    Thanks Adelle, it was so fun having you guys on the water that day with us and we are so happy that Akaroa threw a bit of magic into the morning for you, its a special place, that was one to remember! Thanks for sharing...More

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    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
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    • Languages Offered: English, French, Spanish
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