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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7866
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We offer an exclusive and intimate 2 hour Harbour Nature Cruise on our...

We offer an exclusive and intimate 2 hour Harbour Nature Cruise on our luxurious “Into the Blue” catamaran. We accommodate for a small number of guests, so you can enjoy a more personal cruise experience around the spectacular seascape including sea caves, high cliffs and volcanic rock formations. Akaroa Harbour is home of the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, the Hector’s Dolphin. A cruise out on Akaroa Harbour is the perfect way to view these amazing creatures, along with fascinating bird life and other curious and entertaining sea mammals the likes of seals and penguins in their natural habitat – and why not do it in style at a very competitive price? Our local family history dates back to 1838 and as your hosts we will provide you with a personal insight into this region. A complimentary award winning wine, beer, organic juice, soft drinks and fresh home baking is included in the cruise price. Summer cruise times are at 10.15am, 12.45pm and 3.15pm, and our winter cruise time is 12.45pm.

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Awesome work trip!

We went on the cruise as part of a work retreat. We all found the staff to be wonderful, so helpful, hospitable and knowledgeable of the area. It was a very enjoyable afternoon... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on the cruise as part of a work retreat. We all found the staff to be wonderful, so helpful, hospitable and knowledgeable of the area. It was a very enjoyable afternoon. We loved the fact that there was a wee dog on board and enjoyed all of the wonderful scenery. Thank you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited in the hope of seeing dolphins and we did. The staff are very knowledgeable and we saw dolphins swimming and jumping out of the water in front of the boat. We also saw penguins and Seal Lions, the weather wasn't great but it was still a fun day. The free beer/wine at the beginning and cookies was a... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. Yes, it is always amazing to see our wildlife, especially our smallest and rare Hector's Dolphin. If it does get a little chilly out on the cruise we do have plenty of warm jackets. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an awesome experience right from the start. The captain and his team were warm, friendly and approachable. We saw many dolphins, seals and penguins. We would cherish our memories of this beautiful place. Thank you for everything.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

How wonderful to receive such a glowing review and to say your experience was awesome with the team at Akaroa Dolphins. Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Akaroa was a highlight of our NZ trip! So special to see the Hector's dolphins up close with their newborn calves. The cruise was fantastic- Julia and her family were wonderful and Buster the dolphin dog was great company! Couldn't recommend more highly.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Our team are very dedicated and passionate, so your comments are very much appreciated. Akaroa Dolphins is very proud of being a Tourism award winning company and 100% locally owned and operated. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins including the Dolphin Dogs. More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent trip. Glass of wine to welcome you on board. Buster the doggy dolphin spotter earned his keep. Several dolphins swam around boat. Also saw seals and penguins. Homemade cookies on homeward leg. Crew very friendly and informative.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for the fanastic review, it is so much appreciated and we are delighted you thought the trip was excellent. Many thanks from the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a definite "must do" for anyone visiting Akaroa. A very informative and friendly family operated cruise showcasing the areas history, wild life and geological make up. Many thanks to Mark and George for their hospitality - a drink before we set off and for the home made cookies on the homeward stretch. Thanks to Jet (?) for great... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

A big thank you for such an amazing review and I will pass on your thanks to Mark, George and of course Jet. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife, daughter and I visited Akaroa and were blown away by what a beautiful place it is. We decided to go on a boat trip to see the dolphins and booked with Akaroa Dolphins. From the start of the trip it was clear this family run business took great pride in what they did. The captain and staff on... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for recommending us to others. It is always wonderful to hear great feedback, and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your cruise. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Geldern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great tour with Akaroa Dolphins! The crew is super friendly and really knowledgeable! We enjoyed a glass of wine while spotting dolphins - with the help of Buster, the dog! We were really lucky to see so many dolphins - some even with their babies! The scenery of the Banks Peninsula is spectacular- even more so from... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

How wonderful to hear of your experience with us. Our team, including our Dolphin dogs take great pride in giving you a memorable time. Many thanks for your recommendation. Thank you from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic morning out on Akaroa harbour. This is an extremely friendly and genuinely family run business who have resided in the village for five generations! The skipper was extremely informative, stopping at many points of interest during the cruise. Seeing dolphins swim under our bow and sightings of seals, shags and penguins were the highlights. We were very well looked... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We are all delighted to receive such a brilliant review. As a team we are passionate about showing you all our highlights of Akaroa Harbour. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty self explanatory, Akaroa Dolphins, so expected to see some little Hector Dolphins. Not disappointed. Captain kept us informed re their whereabouts, putting the boat into a position of all to see. Also other geographical attractions and other local wildlife: seals, penguins etc. Early in the season of the dolphins to be in the harbour, but non the less they... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive review of your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. Yes, our team including our Dolphin dogs are dedicated and passionate about giving you a great experience. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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