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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 hospitality and beautiful scenery

My friend was visiting from New York on the 1st week of January. She only had 3 days in and around Christchurch so we decided to take her to Akaroa for a day trip and a nature... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Zsuzsa77
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Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My friend was visiting from New York on the 1st week of January. She only had 3 days in and around Christchurch so we decided to take her to Akaroa for a day trip and a nature cruise. Due to the bad traffic we got to the boat at the last minute. We almost had to leave my partner behind... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

What a wonderful review to receive and a great photograph of Buster our Dolphin dog. It was a great pleasure to have you on board. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We booked this tour online rather than at the local i"site" before arriving in Akaroa. The cruise was lovely. We enjoyed just being on the water and seeing dolphins, seals, birds, and all sorts of rock formations was just icing on the cake. My two children loved the experience and also found Buster the sea dog fascinating. The captain's tour... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very descriptive comments about your time on our cruise. The team are thrilled you thought your experience was wonderful. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Timaru, New Zealand
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17 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

mark our captain and buster (dog) 1st mate , pleasant and knowledgable ... buster certainly told us when the dolphins were near, and the captain told us the history of the area and out to and south of the heads explained how this area come to be , with the volcanic eruptions and the rock formations that it left behind... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed learning about our area. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three couples coming from different parts of the South Island came to Akaroa for the weekend and decided to take a Akaroa Dolphins nature cruise. It was fantastic with a good commentary from our captain, Mark and his very friendly assistant, George who offered a complimentary drink and homemade cookies. We saw lots of dolphins and and other wildlife. I... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

How wonderful to hear of your experience with us. Akaroa Dolphins take great pride in giving you a memorable time. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time with your friends in Akaroa. Many thanks for your review. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss this excursion if you're cruising by this port. Saw lots of dolphins, fur seals and penguins. And that's only the best part. You'll also enjoy the geological history lessons, Buster the dolphin finding dog and the homemade cookies.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your photos and taking the time to review us. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster :) More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great cruise boat trib of the harbor in a mostly open boat, though you can go inside. Two hours to see dolphins (lots), birds, seals (outside the bay), and even a swimming penguin. Excellent commentary. You get a drink and a cookie and, if you're not prepared with a jacket for the breeze, they give you one.... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster :) More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely the highlight of our stay at Akaroa. The boat was in a great condition, the Captain was awesome with his knowledge and the friendly crew (including Buster the miniature schnauzer) helped make the trip special. Felt blessed to have such a great view of the beautiful hectors dolphins.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for posting this review. It was our pleasure being able share the beautiful harbour with you. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster :) More 

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

Very well organised and pleasurable trip up the harbour. Felt very informed and well looked after by the crew. Also saw lots of amazing dolphins !

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for posting this positive review. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely and friendly staff aboard this cruise. Julie constantly asked if we were all ok, alongside friendly chatter. So helpful and informative! Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful memory for our wee family! Seeing the dolphins was amazing! Well worth a cruise! :-)

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the cruise. I passed on your kind words to Julia, and she said it was a pleasure having you on board! Many thanks from all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Milford on Sea, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Akaroa either on a cruise or by car, Akaroa Dolphins should be top of your list of things to do. The company run boat trips around Akaroa harbour and you're guaranteed a good trip. Our boat was captained by Bainsy who gave an intelligent and well informed commentary, pointing out wild-life (penguins, dolphins, sea birds & seals)... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your informative review about your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. Our team are certainly passionate about giving you a good experience so thank you for taking the time to post this. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

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