1. New Zealand
  2. Canterbury
  3. Akaroa
  4. Banks Peninsula

Akaroa: 4WD Safari and Guided Sea-Kayaking Experience

Product ID: 192414
Discover Pohatu Marine Reserve on a guided sea-kayaking experience. Enjoy a spectacularly scenic 4WD safari to Pohatu from Akaroa with photograph opportunities. Then take to the sea to kayak under the expert care of your experienced guides.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 - 4.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire towering sea cliffs and deep sea caves
  • Marvel at Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch
  • Encounter local wildlife including penguins, seals, dolphins, and sea birds
  • Benefit from the expert care of your experienced guides
  • Choose between early bird morning or scenic afternoon departures
Full description
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 penguins, seals, various seabirds, and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin.
Includes
  • Scenic transport by 4WD minivan
  • Photo stops (afternoon option only)
  • Experienced kayak guide
  • Live commentary
  • All gear (life jackets, dry jackets, spray deck, and dry bags)
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Behind the BNZ Bank on Rue Lavaud.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Sea kayaking at Pohatu Flea Bay can involve risks. You must listen carefully and follow the guide's instructions and adhere to safety requirements
• Children must be at least 8 years old and each child will be paired with an adult
• Your guide has the final say as to whether or not it is safe for you and your child to kayak, which can vary depending on sea conditions, personal fitness, and kayaking ability
• Toddlers and/or infants are not permitted no matter the sea conditions or personal ability
• You will be on the water for around 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the sea conditions and wildlife spotted
• For the afternoon tour, especially in summer, ensure you organize dinner prior to departure as all shops and restaurants will be closed upon return
• No refunds within 24 hours unless the tour is canceled by the local partner
• Jeans are not suitable for kayaking. Wear leggings or shorts that can be rolled up if you get wet
• Wear layers that you can add or remove as required
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Fantastic experience with a wonderful knowledgeable guide, Benoit. We saw Fairy Penguins, Fur Seal mothers and pups, Cormorants, Paradise ducks to name a few. I will definitely come back if I have the chance. Exhilarating experience kayaking at sea and knowing the cost of the tour contributes to saving the endangeted Yellow eyed penguin and Blue Fairy penguin.

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February 7, 2020

Fantastic! A treat to kayak in this lovely Flea Bay getting to view NZ fur seals, penguins and other birds up close. The guides were more than excellent and knowledgeable. We even got to view a baby penguin feeding. This outfit is doing great conservation work. Highly recommended! More than worth the $$$ which was so reasonable.

January 25, 2020

Magnificent

Our flight couldn’t land in Christchurch due to fog so we missed the initial tour. The customer service was outstanding and they were very understanding. We were rescheduled for the next day with no problems! While out on the kayak we saw seals and penguins and overall really enjoyed the scenery and company! Would highly recommend this tour.

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April 20, 2019

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