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Self Guided Ancient Forest Hike and Guided Kayak Combo

Self Guided Ancient Forest Hike and Guided Kayak Combo


  • Enjoy scenic 4WD mini van transfers over an extinct volcano
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the ancient forest with 400 year old trees
  • Kayak along a stunning marine reserve home to a wealth of unique wildlife

Embark on the ultimate adventure into nature as you discover Pohatu Bay. This experience combines a morning hike through an enchanting ancient forest down a private walking track to Pohatu Bay, before joining a sea-kayaking safari in the afternoon to encounter the marine reserve wildlife.

What's Included?

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
  • Self-guided bush walk through an ancient forest (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)

Head on an adventurous day out in the beautiful Pohatu Bay with this ancient forest hike and kayaking combination tour. Perfect for those looking for an active day out, this tour immerses you in the natural environment of the bay.

After being picked up in Akaroa, you’ll be transferred by 4WD to the starting line of a 3-hour hiking trail at a regular relaxed pace. You’ll be provided with a map and instructions before heading off on this self-paced scenic walk through the ancient red beech tree forest. Enjoy a stroll down part of the Banks Track, through tree ferns, all the way to Pohatu Bay. Discover waterfalls along the way, listen to native bird songs and visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura scenic reserve with trees over 400 years old.

After arriving at Pohatu Bay, you’ll have access to the communal kitchen and bathroom facilities before getting fitted with all your kayaking equipment. You’ll head off on the guided kayak tour around 12:45 pm, where you’ll get to explore the beautiful pristine waters of the bay and watch the magnificent marine wildlife below. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with fascinating insights into Pohatu Bay's flora and fauna.

Session Length

  • Please allow 8 hours for the entire experience
  • Departs at 8am to 4pm


  • No kayaking experience is necessary
  • Participants must have a good level of fitness
  • Children need to be over 5 years old and parents need to be able to manoeuvre a kayak on their own
  • Bring sun protection, water, and a packed lunch
  • Pohatu is on a private property s you can safely leave all of your gear in the van while you kayak


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

Minimum of two and a maximum of sixteen participants per trip.


If the weather is unsuitable on the day of your experience, the provider will work to reschedule you or put you on a different tour.

Dress Code

Please wear sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and comfortable weather-suitable clothing you don't mind getting a little wet.

This experience departs from Akaroa and takes place in Pohatu Bay.

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