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Sea Kayaking, Lyttelton Harbour & Quail Island- Start/finish in Christchurch

Sea Kayaking, Lyttelton Harbour & Quail Island- Start/finish in Christchurch

Sea Kayaking tour of Lyttelton Harbour- Explore secret bays, sunken ships and sea caves around Lyttelton Harbour and Quail Island on this small-group sea kayaking tour.


NZ$ 399.00

Per Person


  • Sea kayaking in an extinct volcano (Lyttleton Harbour)

  • Visit Quail Island

  • Explore the quail Island sea caves

  • Transport from Christchurch./ Hotle Pick-up avilable

  • Paddle through a ships graveyard

Full Description

Morning – Lyttelton Harbour

Starting in Christchurch city centre, it’s a 30-45 Minute drive to Cass or Charteris Bay. Stopping briefly at the top of the Port Hills at Dyres Pass summit (340 meters) for a photo opportunity overlooking Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour from the lookout before continuing our journey to Lyttelton Harbour where we launch our sea kayaks Arriving at the beach, we unload our boats before getting changed into our kayaking gear and lifejackets. Once you are changed and ready to go, your guide will teach you some basic paddle strokes and emergency procedures before leaving the beach. As you begin sea kayaking away from the beach, your guide will teach you how to steer your boat and paddle efficiently. Heading out towards the Island, there are plenty of bays and sea cliffs and wildlife to explore. Quail Island, the largest of the three islands in the harbour, is rich in local history; the Island was farmed, used as a leper colony and also for Antarctic expedition training. These days the island is a recreational reserve and is slowly being replanted with native trees. If the tides allow we’ll paddle past a ship’s graveyard, and explore the far side of the island including the sea caves at the far end.

Afternoon- Explore Quail Island

Stopping at one of the many small beaches, it’s time for our picnic lunch. After lunch, you can decide how to spend the remainder of the afternoon; you will have the opportunity to explore the island, relax by the beach or continuing exploring the harbour with your guide. At the end of the day, we head back to our starting point, its time to pack away the sea kayaks, grab a bite to eat, and head back towards Christchurch. 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.


Transport from Christchurch

Morning Tea & Lunch

Local Guide

Gera and equeptment

Meeting Point

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

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 48 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


NZ$ 399.00

Per Person

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