Frequently asked questions
What can I expect?
After payment and formalities, you can expect friendly service and help from your guide who will start the day with introductions, basic skills and safety information. She will then give launching instruction and will help you settle into the double sea kayaks.
Once on the water, you will 'raft up' for an introduction to the river and Karakia to the Guardians to see you ready for the journey.
Expect to enjoy the scenery including native fauna and flora, listen to information from your knowledgeable guide such as Indigenous ways of life, colonial history and learn more about the Christchurch earthquake; the destruction and the rebuild.
You will be expected to kayak at an easy - medium pace but rest assured that we have regular story times not kayaking, and one break off the water for Te Toru Nui and City to Estuary tours, and two breaks off the water for the City to Sea tour.
It is not normal to get very wet and if careful, shoes usually stay dry also. It is not normal to tip a kayak either as they are reasonably stable, however, please take care! At the end of the trip, please help you guide unpack the kayaks and load them onto the trailer, we will then take you back to the start point of the tour.
Can I purchase Gift Vouchers?
Yes we have Gift Vouchers available for both tours. Message through your request and we'll get you a voucher, email email@example.com
Is there a minimum age?
To join our tours, you must be at least 15 years of age. These tours are designed for able bodied people who can kayak at a reasonable speed throughout the tour, with breaks and slow kayaking times of course. If you think your child can do it, then let us know.
What do I need to bring?
Camera and a sense of adventure
Footwear for potential to get wet (no bare feet sorry)
Snacks and food for lunch (important for Full Day Tour)
Appropriate clothes to protect you from the sun and/or the cold
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.
The i-SITE at 28 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch Central, store baggage for $5 half day and $10 full day.
What does CSK provide?
Sea kayaking gear, including a spray jacket
Dry bags for your personal items
At the end of trips, we will provide transportation back to the start point
Email photos of your trip
History, Stories, Culture and laughs
We can also provide footwear, clothes, if arranged prior to trip.
How do I pay?
Pay your guide at the start of your trip with cash or card
What if I need to cancel my trip?
You can cancel at anytime up to 24 hours of the tour start time. Depending on circumstances, partial refunds can be provided if cancellation is required mid-tour.
Where do I meet you for my tour?
Your guide will meet you at the tour start assembly points and you will see kayaks on the ground.
Where can I park?
There are many council parking areas and on street parking. Some are time limiting and pay to park. Some are all day and free. Here's an interactive car park map to help your car parking needs.