Sea Kayaking


This trip can be mind blowing in the right sea conditions.
The outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve just outside Akaroa is spectacular with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions.

Pohatu Marine Reserve also has divers wildlife with many marine species such as Penguins, several seal colonies and is often visited by Hectors Dolphins and a great range of sea bird species.

Kayaking is open when at least the sheltered bay can be kayaked.

Experience is not necessary, trips are only run in settled safe conditions and fully guided by experienced guides.
We give your safety top priority and take it seriously.

Tour includes:

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
  • Photos stops along the way with commentary about the area
  • Fully guided by experienced staff
  • All gear (life jackets, dry jackets, spray deck, dry bags for cameras...)
Please note:  If the weather is unsuitable on the day a refund is offered or the opportunity to join our Full Scenic Nature Safari to explore the same beautiful area and more.

There are different options available:

4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking safari:

Option includes pick-up at Akaroa with a spectacular Scenic 4WD safari to Pohatu with photo stop opportunities and guided sea-kayaking of Pohatu Marine Reserve.

Tour last for about 4 hours with an average of an hour and half on the water depending on your feeling and the weather forecast.
$95 per adult.
$65 Child under 15 years
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Group or family concession; 4 or more:
$80 per adult
$65 Child under 15 years 

Early bird kayaking

This option is for the early riser with tour departing from our booking office at 8.00am and returning just before 12.00pm. 

This option is a slightly faster paced tour and does not include the photo stops along the way and is open from the 1st of October to the 30th of April only. 

Please note that it has a limit of 4 early birds to be able to join with a group of kayakers already in the bay to be in the water by 9.00am. This option must leave our booking office at 8.00am.

Please note: Cruise ship passengers will not be able to make this early departure time.
Tour length is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours.
$75 per adult.
Child under 15 years $65.
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Bring yourself
The road to Pohatu is a steep and narrow shingle road and recommended for 4WD vehicles only.
ph 03.304.8542  or 021.246.9556 in the morning you wish to come to assure weather and sea conditions are suitable.
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Departure times

October to April 12pm and 8.00am (early bird)
May to August 11.15am
September 12pm

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Pohatu Penguins - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
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Things to bring: 
You might want to bring a change of clothing as sometimes clothes can get quite damp despite the use of our quality provided spray jackets and decks.

The all trips lasting for up to 4 hours you can bring some food and a drink. On hot days water and sun protection are 2 must have.

Camera and cell phone can be brought as we provide some dry bags.

If you have young children:
This activity may not be suitable for young children. Sea-kayaking is a physical activity at times in open ocean so please be sensible about your children’s safety and your own competence to take your child in a double sea-kayak.

If you have a child under 11 years old and would like to book on, please get in touch.

Following our conversation, if you do decide to book, please bare 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


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