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Spend your time in port in Akaroa on a small-group shore excursion, sea kayaking around Akaroa Harbour. Bask in the jaw-dropping scenery of remote bays and inlets, and be awed by close encounters with marine life including penguins, orcas and endangered Hector’s dolphins. You’ll paddle for approx. three hours with an expert guide through the basin of an extinct volcano and stop for a snack and swim at a coastal beach. This tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port.


  • Small-group Akaroa sea kayak shore excursion
  • Paddle to remote inlets and beaches in Akaroa Harbour
  • Search the clear waters for penguins, orcas and Hector’s dolphins
  • Hear entertaining commentary from an expert kayak guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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Shore Excursion: Wildlife and Sea Kayaking Safari in Akaroa

Shore Excursions

Customer Reviews

Kelly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Akaroa is a beautiful and quaint town and our experience kayaking in Akaroa was one of the most memorable experiences of our trip to New Zealand. Gravil and Allie made our experience unique and gave us a novel perspective from the coastline looking out for Hector dolphins, penguins, mussels, and other native marine life while sharing the history of the beautiful surroundings. Well worth the time! We were a group of four and due to expected weather in the afternoon they were able to accommodate our schedule and head out early and make the most of a beautiful morning and early afternoon. They took pictures for us during our kayaking trip, so you don't need to worry about bringing your camera or phone, and sent us an easy to access Google link where we could download our pictures at our convenience once we returned home. They watched over our electronics and other items we did not need on the kayak by locking them in the van. Additionally, they gave us a short tour around town and pointed out a wonderful restaurant for lunch. It was a wonderful excursion from our cruise ship we would highly recommend!

Christopher S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a fantastic experience. The location was wonderful and our guides were professional, informative and really nice people. Even though it was a cloudy day we both thoroughly enjoyed our paddle. The highlight was the dolphin swimming around our kayak. If we are ever in Akaroa again we will definitely do this trip again.

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