Canterbury, New Zealand
Desert Safaris

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Our most recommended Canterbury, New Zealand Desert Safaris

  • Akaroa: 4WD Safari and Guided Sea-Kayaking Experience

    1. Akaroa: 4WD Safari and Guided Sea-Kayaking Experience

    Enjoy a memorable sea-kayaking experience from Akaroa with two departure options. No experience is necessary because the trips are run in settled safe conditions by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.  Depart from Akaroa for a scenic drive in a 4WD minivan over the crater rim of the Akaroa volcano to Pohatu Flea Bay. Learn about the region from your local guide and, during the afternoon trip, stop for photo opportunities along the way. Then, it is time to gear up and climb into the double kayaks. Your safety is the top priority and the experience can be mind-blowing with the right sea conditions. Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch can be reached in settled sea conditions. Marvel at the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguin...

    It was beautiful to be on the water in the kayaks that were easy to paddle. The scenery and wildlife spectacular. The guides were fun friendly and informative in all aspects of the trip.

  • Hanmer Springs 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari

    2. Hanmer Springs 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari

    Discover the beautiful mountains and forests of Hanmer Springs on an exciting 2-hour Quad Bike safari. Make your own way to the Quad Bike base, located on the main road into Hanmer Springs and overlooking the river and Waiau Ferry Bridge. Upon arrival, take control of a 4WD Quad Bike, and cross the challenging terrain and river crossings. Drive along roads of mud, dust, and dirt. Located approximately 90 minutes from Christchurch, the mountain town is a Mecca for fans of adventure activities, such as bungy jumps, white water rafting, and much more. Your Quad Bike guide will take you to some of the back country roads of the area, passing farms, sheep trails, sand, and bush. Choose to ride your own bike, or ride tandem with another person (subject to age restrictions). Enjoy the freedom of the challenging trails (within the safety boundaries) as you soak up the beautiful mountain enviro...

    Fantastic experience, had a great time. Cieran was a great guide! Awesome tracks to explore.

  • Akaroa: 3-Hour Guided Sunrise Sea Kayaking Safari

    3. Akaroa: 3-Hour Guided Sunrise Sea Kayaking Safari

    Experience the best of nature on a 3-hour guided kayak safari from Akaroa town. Venture into an eco-paradise and view wildlife along the way. Stop at a remote beach for refreshments, a swim, or just to explore. After a briefing session at 07:30 the tour heads out on a gentle paddling excursion. After about an hour, you’ll stop for a break at the beach. No experience is necessary for this adventure. It’s easy and fun and suitable for anyone 12 years of age and older! The early morning trip can make for spectacular sightings. The guides say that these are the best trips of the day, as there’s no one around, and it’s just you and nature and your silent kayak. What you’ll actually see on the safari depends on a number of factors, but often guests report seeing cormorants diving, gannets feeding, and fur seals and flippered penguins playing. There have even been sightings of the rare, smal...

    We had a great experience kayaking with Jake, super knowledgeable guy and a great host!

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What people are saying about Canterbury, New Zealand

Unfortunately due to weather conditions we couldn't do the kayaking. But did land tour and learnt so much about the little penguin. To be able to see how awesome and dedicated the crew at Pohatu are in carrying out their conservation work was amazing. Thoroughly recommend this activity. Thank you for an inspiring time.

It was beautiful to be on the water in the kayaks that were easy to paddle. The scenery and wildlife spectacular. The guides were fun friendly and informative in all aspects of the trip.

The booked kayak tour could not be carried out due to the weather, but we were completely satisfied with the replacement activity.

Fantastic experience, had a great time. Cieran was a great guide! Awesome tracks to explore.

breathtaking view. very lucky to have seen so many wild life during the kayak