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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Sailing with the Dolphins

We took this tour as part of another tour and it was perfect. The captain and crew were very... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
franee0409
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New York City, New York
Absolutely fantastic!

Fantastic company, really went the extra mile to get us up close with the dolphins. Provided the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Michael K
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Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife of Banks Peninsula aboard our stylish vessels; 'Into the Blue' and 'Akaroa Dolphin'. Highlights of our cruises include the rare Hector's dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, penguins, seabirds, spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. We give you an intimate and luxurious experience, starting with home baking and complimentary drinks, including local award-winning wine, beer and soft drink when you step aboard. Our 100% locally owned and operated team will show you the Peninsula like only a local can. Experience why we’re winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in New Zealand. Our track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience speaks for itself.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took this tour as part of another tour and it was perfect. The captain and crew were very informative and eager for us to see all that we could. An additional spotter was Buster, the dolphin dog, who detected dolphin chatter and alerted staff...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you, Franee! Wonderful to hear you enjoyed your time with us. The harbour is pretty special, isn't it! I'm glad we could share it will you.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic company, really went the extra mile to get us up close with the dolphins. Provided the group with refreshments upon boarding and upon departure, really accommodating.

Thank Michael K
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much, Michael! We really appreciate that you took the time to write this review.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic trip. We saw Hector dolphins, seals and an albatross. The staff were really personable and made you feel part of everything. Highly recommended. Money well spent

Thank Matt R
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks, Matt. Great to hear you felt you received your monies worth.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I got awesome memory on this broad . I saw the dolphins and seals . They are really cute . And also service nice drinks and cookies on broad . It’s a great actives.

Thank Yi Ping Y
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank Yi Ping! That is so wonderful to hear. We really appreciate that you took the time to write this review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was truly a tour we will never forget. We were incredibly lucky to get great conditions and see several dolphin pods, seals, penguins and many of types of sea birds, but it was really the staff that made the experience. Bainzy, Desiree and of...More

Thank Gareth C
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you, Gareth. We strive to give everyone a memorable experience so I'm thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time with us. Hopefully, you can come and visit us again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic afternoon with great skipper, host and spotter dog. We saw penguins, dolphins and seals along with wonderful scenery and great commentary. This is a locally owned and operated vessel.

Thank Prue B
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks, Prue! Lovely hearing that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been on multiple boat cruises around the world looking for animals at sea, and they are generally overbooked, boring and dull. But the Akaroa Dolphins cruise was amazing! Their team were absolutely amazing, from taking our booking, checking in on the day and again...More

Thank SarahBella1063
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah! Please come back and visit us again! We loved being able to share the harbour with you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful coastline and wildlife trip. We were lucky to see a large pod of dolphins frolicking behind a fishing boat just outside the harbour, albatross, penguins and seals.Our hosts Desiree and Bainzy were terrific and the free drink and cookie was a bonus. Thanks for...More

Thank Judith A
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are more thank welcome, Judith! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well run, friendly crew; saw what we came to see the Hector Dolphins, Penguins, seals, seabirds. Had great weather we did the 10.15am cruise and we had booked a few days ahead. I would recommend booking this in advance so you don’t miss out. The...More

Thank Still49
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! Loved hearing all your boxes were ticked 😊

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a very fun and exciting trip with a lovely and very friendly crew. We also got a free drink and a delicious cookie!

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much, Anne-Marie!

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lynn l
20 March 2018|
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Response from AkaroaDolphins | Property representative |
Hi Lyn, Thank you for your message. In our Winter months, we operate our 12.45pm cruise, weather and sea conditions dependent. July is definitely a cooler month but we can still have some nice calm days. If you would... More
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Spartyxena
19 January 2017|
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Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. There are a few ways you can book directly with us, either by email, phone or website. Unfortunately I am unable to add our website or email address in this section. If you go to our... More
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pelicanron
13 August 2015|
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Hello! Thank you for your inquiry. Our office location is very close in relation to where you will come onto Akaroa wharf on your tender. Once you disembark from the tender, walk to the very end of the wharf where you... More
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