Sunset Sea Kayaking Tour

Volcanic activity 45 million years ago formed the Banks Peninsula, and the two most significant eruptions formed Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours. As a result, Lyttelton Harbour has become one of the most spectacular and dynamic harbours in New Zealand. Starting and finishing in Christchurch this sunset sea kayaking tour is a special way to experience a unique and interesting part of Christchurch that is tucked away behind the port hills, often missed by travellers.

Sea Kayaking Highlights

  • Go Sea kayaking in an extinct volcano (Lyttelton Harbour).
  • Discover secret bays.
  • Visit Quail Island
  • Local Guide.
  • Small-group tour.
  • Transport from Christchurch.

Sea Kayaking Itinerary

Lyttelton Harbour

Starting in Christchurch city centre, it’s a 30-45 minute drive to Charteris Bay where we launch our sea kayaks.

As you begin sea kayaking away from the beach, your guide will teach you how to steer your boat and paddle in tour mode. Heading out towards the Island, there are plenty of bays to explore with quaint boat sheds brightening up the shore along the way.

You can choose to paddle for the entire 3 hours with a guide while experiencing the sunset on the water or opt to visit Quail Island and watch the sunset from the beach or the top of the island.

Arriving back in Christchurch you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation or into the city centre.

*Please note that this sea kayaking itinerary is weather dependent and your guide may alter the plan to match and abilities of the group and the local conditions on the day. In some situations, it may not be possible to visit Quail Island.

Sea Kayaking FAQ’s

What time does the tour start?

6 pm.

What time does the tour end?

We aim to be back in Christchurch between 9:20-9:30 pm.

Is food included?

This is uncatered

Is transport included?


Do I need prior experience to come along on this sea kayak tour?

No, prior experience is not necessary.

Is this sea kayak tour family-friendly?

Yes, this is a family-friendly trip; however, we recommend family groups book a private guide.

Are there minimum numbers?

The minimum group size for this tour is two people.

What is the maximum group size?

The maximum group size for this tour is eight people.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking at least 48hrs in advance.

Where are the pickup points?

Directly from your hotel – any accommodation within 3.5 km’s of Christchurch city centre – See on google maps

Canterbury Museum meeting location- See on Google maps

Princess Margarate Hospital meeting location (free all day parking) – See on Google maps

Lyttelton Port meeting location (for shore excursions) – See on google maps

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3 hours  |  $149 pp

Pickup time

The pickup time from the city centre or your accommodation will be between 5:00-5:30 pm.

Finish time

The tour will finish on the water at approx 8:45 pm and you will be returned to your accommodation by 9:30 pm.



Prior Experience

Prior experience is not necessary

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