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Top Five Boating Activities In Canterbury

Take To The Water In Canterbury

Floating and free on a summer’s breeze - fulfil your nautical dreams on Canterbury’s waterways this summer.

Why not sail a yacht, or zip the river currents in a jet boat, or take a break on the lake… whatever floats your boat!

Grab some sunblock, a lifejacket and your best mates, and make the most of Canterbury’s beautiful lakes, rivers and harbours!

The yellow and orange jet boat is mid spin, white water breaks around it.

Jet Boating

Buckle up and hold on tight!

Take an exciting ride zipping and weaving Canterbury’s iconic braided rivers under the eyes of the mighty mountains.

Discover Canterbury’s river gorges and canyons and feel the rush of excitement as you fly across the top of the water at high speed.

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Hector's Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
Credit: Akaroa & The Bays

Wildlife Or Fishing Cruises

Whether it’s a fishing charter, the ferries crossing the harbour or a scenic boat cruise, Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours have it all.

These Banks Peninsula ports offer plenty of options for you to have a fun day out on the water.

Home to local fauna including Hector’s dolphins, seals, penguins and seabirds, wildlife cruises offer some amazing animal encounter opportunities.

The nooks and crannies of these harbours can be explored by boat on the scenic cruises available in Akaroa and Lyttelton. Nothing beats a day out on the water in the sun with your mates.

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Canterbury Yacht Club
Credit: Canterbury Yacht Club

Let’s Go Sailing

Excited about the sailing you've seen on TV? Why not take up the challenge of sailing for yourself!

There are endless courses available teaching Kiwis how to sail safely.

Local yacht clubs up and down Canterbury’s coast offer opportunities to learn or to just get out on the water and have some fun. Give it a go!

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Akaroa Harbour Skies
Credit: Carmen Huter

Boat Party

Get on a boat and get amongst the summer vibes. It's time for a boat party!

Is there a more perfect way to celebrate a birthday, function or group event than on a private charter cruise?

Grab your mates, get a glass of bubbles and a bite to eat, and watch the sun set over the water.

Akaroa Dolphins and Black Cat Cruises offer private charters on their vessels. Cool right?

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Christchurch Groynes Boat Hire

Out On The Lake

Stretch those hamstrings and put your pedalling to the test!

Soak in the picturesque views of Lake Roto Kohatu at the Groynes in northern Christchurch and zip around in the oh-so-fun pedal boats.

Pedal boats and aqua trikes are available for hire at the Groynes Boat Hire from 10.30am to 4pm on the weekends.

Or, if you’re in central Christchurch, why not try the paddle boats or row boats from the Antigua Boat Sheds down the beautiful Avon River.

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