Kayak and Evening Tour Combo

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Highlights & inclusions

Sea-kayaking safari within a marine reserve
Evening penguin tour with the Little penguins up close
Experience Pōhatu from the land to the sea
Explore the bay with our knowledgeable guides
Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
Accessible walking tracks through ancient forest

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Sat, Jun 22, 2024

What you can expect

Start with a ride over to Pōhatu with photo stops and commentary as you go. Once in the bay get set up for the kayaking trip, a safety talk and wildlife code to ensure safe behaviours and get on the water to encounter Pōhatu marine reserve resident wildlife.

Explore the bay with knowledgeable guides who know where to look to spot resident New Zealand fur seals, Hector’s dolphins that frequently visit the bay, Penguins on the rocks (in season) and many sea-birds and deep sea-caves to enter on calm conditions.

After the kayaking activity you will have time before the Evening penguin tour starts. You can either relax or explore some of the accessible walking tracks through ancient forest. You will also have free access to our bathroom block where you can take a shower and our communal kitchen where you can cook your dinner before the evening penguin tour which will start from the Helps homestead at the time you have been told by your kayaking guide. You will head for a conservation walk and talk and monitor a couple of penguin nesting boxes giving you a good opportunity to see these little guys up close.

We hike out to hides on the side of the hills and observe the bay from above to spot penguins that are frequently seen socializing on the water. And just before night fall, we may get lucky and see some coming ashore under the hides. We leave before it gets too dark as this is penguin hour and they need to get up the hills to their waiting chicks without disturbance from us.


What you need to know

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
  • Self-guided bush walk through an ancient forest. A guided option can be arranged at extra cost
  • Access to a fully equipped communal area for lunch
  • Kayaking is fully guided by qualified guides
  • All gear for the sea-kayaking part of the activity (lifejackets, dry jackets, spray deck, dry bags for cameras…)
  • Please allow 8 hours for this experience
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Akaroa and takes place in Pohatu Bay
What To Bring
  • A backpack for your belongings, clothes and lunch. Pack light as you will have to carry your own backpack down the Hiking trail.
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or both
  • Water (can be refilled at our communal kitchen once in the bay)
  • A packed dinner Pack a raincoat just in case; our weather even in the summer months can be unpredictable.
Cancellation Policy
  • A $20 service charge applies to all cancellation refunds
  • No refunds within 24 hours of departure unless the Operator cancels the activity due to waterway, road or weather conditions
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

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  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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