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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Spotting the Dolphins

Our trip out to sea & around the bay was experience we won’t forget for a long time. From “Buster... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
wanderingwedging
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WORTH IT!

My husband and I had a GREAT experience dolphin watching on an especially cold day. We were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erin M
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Our trip out to sea & around the bay was experience we won’t forget for a long time. From “Buster the Dog” to our Captain Bainzy with his keenness to get as close as possible to sights & wildlife we had a great time. Desiree...More

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

It was so lovely having you both onboard. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a GREAT experience dolphin watching on an especially cold day. We were provided extra coats and blankets by Desiree and we stayed plenty warm. The captain told us so many great facts about the area and was excellent in navigating...More

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

Wonderful to hear, Erin! Thank you for sharing the love.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to uncertain weather condition in South Island including Akaroa 2 days earlier, we were not sure if this tour will proceed or cancel. We reached Akaroa at 9am and was told they have to cancel 1015am due to bad weather. We have to check...More

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

Thank you so much! I’m glad that it worked out in the end. I hope the weather behaves for the rest of your trip. Take care.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

... all boxes ticked including a calm warm, sunny day ... hard to beat. The cruise covers the geology, Maori, & natural features contained within the volcanic rim that makes Akaroa Harbour such a unique place. Plenty of ( very ) up close manoeuvring of...More

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

Thrilled to hear all your boxes were ticked and that you had a magical morning! Mark and Aommy are super stars, aren’t they. I will be sure to let them know about your lovely review 😊

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome cruise. We went there eventhough the weather was a bit rough, but we did not regret it. The boat is not so big, so it's a nice atmosphere there. The staff is lovely and helping you out with anything you need!...More

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

You’re too kind! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is nice, the boat crew are friendly, goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable, offered drinks and homemade cookies at the end of the tour. We've seen a lot of the smallest dolphins in the world and penguins too. The...More

Thank arcon7705
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the harbour and all it’s highlights. Thank you also for your feedback about our service. We really strive to give everyone the best experience possible.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trip is simply fantastic, from the moment you step aboard you get to meet one of their dolphin spotting dogs (ours was Buster - so cute!) You are then offered a drink which is a nice touch & assured that part of the fee...More

Thank 2units
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your wonderful review and tip about booking online!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent tour: skipper Bainzy and his assistant took us out today for a very touching and exciting nature experience: Hector dolphins, penguins, seals, birds, wild sheep, salmon farms, mussel banks - all to be witnessed on board of the comfortable and safe Akaroa. Highly informative...More

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

Thanks, Frank! It was a pleasure being able to share the harbour with you.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I booked a Akaroa Dolphin cruise the night before and were extremely satisfied with our experience. Everything from Buster the Dolphin spotting dog to the knowledge of the Dolphins and the area from the staff was exceptional. We saw many Dolphins and...More

Thank Shannon N
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Loved hearing that we were a highlight - what an honour! Thank you for leaving a review on our Facebook page also. We really appreciate it!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely wonderful. The cost and wildlife is a must to see. Wonderful professional crew who answered all our questions. Also really liked that a proportion of our ticket price goes to the work with saving the dolphins. Would definitely recommend!

Thank vjmac4
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review as well as the one you wrote on Google! So happy to hear you had a wonderful time.

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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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Response from AkaroaDolphins | Property representative |
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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Response from AkaroaDolphins | Property representative |
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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