Mafi's Kayak Tours

Akaroa - Banks Peninsula

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About us

Onuku Farm has hosted travellers from all over the world for nearly 30 years - it was the first Backpackers Hostel on Banks Peninsula and one of the first Farm Hostels in New Zealand. At the start he kayak trips were for hostel guest only but are now available to all.

Mafi, originally from Switzerland, has lived in New Zealand since 1992. Initially Mafi was involved in running boat trips on the Harbour but in 1998 she started to guide these kayaking tours. She aims to provide you with a safe but unique kayak and wildlife adventure - your safety and enjoyment is our priority.

Onuku Dolphin Swimming run their trips at the same time and during our trips we are in contact with the skipper - this provides us with extra safety and security.


Our remote beach is only accessible via Onuku Farm and is located half way down Akaroa Harbour which is the most beautiful and rugged part of the harbour and gives us close access to dolphins, caves etc.


We hold a Marine Mammal Permit from the Department of Conservation and follow strict rules when interacting with dolphins to ensure their protection.


No guided kayak trips this summer but we have a number of rental kayaks for hire. Please inquire either by calling us or use the booking form on the bookings page.