City to Estuary Tour

Nature at it's best

If you're looking for a taste of what sea kayaking has to offer, look no further
than our City to the Estuary half day tour.

Spend your time learning the basics of sea kayaking while enjoying the serenity of nature within the hustle and bustle of Christchurch City. Sea kayaking down the Avon River, you will flow from the City center and through 'Red Zone' suburbs, and into the Bexley Wetlands where you will see the majority of bird life. This tour finishes where the  river meets the abundant Estuary with great views of the Port Hills.


With a break in the red zone to stretch the legs and have a snack along the way, this is an enjoyable sea kayak tour for all.



All tour participants must provide their own transportation to the City to Estuary starting point.  Transportation will be provided to return you to the starting point after the tour has concluded.

Where do I meet my guide? 

You will meet at the tour's starting point at the Margaret Mahy Playground in downtown Christchurch. Please come prepared to get directly on the river, as your guide, sea kayaking gear, and kayaks will be waiting for you to get started.

Assemble on the grass at the Margaret Mahy Playground by the jetty at the river. You can use this address for google maps reference -

Christchurch Sea Kayaking, 177 Armagh St, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand


How long does the tour last?

Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Trips start promptly at 9:30am.

Time includes start brief, one break, pack up and return travel time.

If you will be arriving late, call us asap - 027 448 3696.

How do I pay?

Pay your guide at the start of your trip with cash or card

What should I bring?

  • Camera

  • A sense of adventure and exploration

  • Footwear for potential to get wet (no bare feet sorry)

  • Water bottle

  • Food for lunch and snacks

  • Appropriate clothes to protect you from the sun and/or the cold

  • Sunscreen

We will provide the gear you need for the sea kayaking trip - including a spray jacket and dry bags for your personal items.  We can also provide footwear, and clothing if arranged in advance (please call or email).

I have my bag, can I bring it with me?

Unfortunately we do not have the facility to store suit cases or back packs. Small bags can be stowed in the kayak compartments.

per person

$140 NZD

Please note - All tours are weather and tide dependent.  

Please read our FAQs, and cancellation policy before booking online.

Gift Vouchers available, request via email

Starting point for City to Estuary Tour

Margaret Mahy meet point.PNG
Enjoying the sunshine
Enjoying the sunshine
Touring the Avon
Touring the Avon
Touring the Avon
Touring the Avon
Estuary pier
Estuary pier
Parking up in the Estuary
Parking up in the Estuary
View of the Port Hills
View of the Port Hills