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Hike and Kayak

Scenic 4WD mini-van drive
Fully experienced guides
All gear provided

Looking for an active day? Join us for a full day of adventure combining a morning hike through endemic ancient forest down our private walking track to Pohatu bay and join our sea-kayaking safari in the afternoon to encounter Pohatu marine reserve wildlife.

This is a perfect option for people who have a good level of fitness and wish to spend more time in Pohatu bay natural environment.

After being picked up in Akaroa by our booking office you will be transported by 4WD mini-van to the beginning of your 3 hours hike (regular to relaxed pace). With a map and instructions from your guide you will, at your leisure, walk down part of the famous Banks Track through ancient red beech tree forest and tree ferns to Pohatu bay.

Along the way discover many waterfalls and listen to native bird songs and visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura scenic reserve with trees over 400 years old.

Once arrived at Pohatu bay you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom facilities to relax, eat and get ready for the afternoon sea-kayaking safaris starting at 12.45pm.

Hike and Kayak Combo
Departure time
Tour Length
8 hours
Scenic transport included
Free access to facilities for dinner and shower


Child 5 - 15 years old*


Group or family concession; 4 or more:
$125 per adult 
Note that rates will change on the 1st of May.
Tour Includes
  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
  • Self-guided hike 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…)
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 lunch
  • Pack a raincoat just in case; our weather even in the summer months can be unpredictable.
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If you have young children:

We prefer that children are at least 8 years of age. All customers are placed in safe, double kayaks and each child will be paired with an adult. Please bear in mind that your guide has the final say as to whether or not it is safe for you and your child to kayak. This can vary depending on sea conditions, personal fitness and kayaking abilities. Toddlers and or infants are not allowed no matter sea conditions or personal ability.


Following our conversation, if you do decide to book, please bear in mind that the guides on the day will be sole judges if this activity is suitable for your children, depending on weather and sea conditions. If the guides deem this unsuitable a 50% refund will be offered or the option of joining our Full Scenic Nature Safari.

Risk disclosure:

Sea kayaking at Pohatu/Flea bay has risks and can be dangerous. The outercoast of Akaroa harbor is characterised by: remoteness, rapidly changing and sometimes extreme weather and water conditions, cold water and limited kayak landing sites


Detailed risk management and strict safety procedures are observed, however, there still remains an element of risk. Pohatu penguins/plunge NZ Ltd cannot absolutely guarantee participants’ safety. Pohatu penguins/plunge NZ Ltd accepts its legal responsibilities but cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss, theft or damage of/to your equipment outside legal responsibilities.

Clients must listen carefully to and follow guides’ instructions and adhere to safety requirements. In regards of our cancellation policy see the following link: Cancellation policy