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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Really fun and informative!

It was a really fantastic boat trip, on a lovely smart boat, with complimentary wine and cookies... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2018
LauraPlasters
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Wonderful trip

The sun was shining after a wet day the day before, we liked the look of the Akaroa Dolphins... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
iMunros
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 10 March 2018 via mobile

It was a really fantastic boat trip, on a lovely smart boat, with complimentary wine and cookies making it feel like a real treat! We saw several of the amazing dolphins very close to the boat, cormorants, fur seals and penguins all in a two...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thanks, Laura. Never a dull moment with Buster :)

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

The sun was shining after a wet day the day before, we liked the look of the Akaroa Dolphins catamaran, the time suited a d there was plenty of space on the afternoon trip so we booked up and loved it. Being welcomed with a...More

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We really appreciate hearing about your experience.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

So glad we chose this trip! Very informative, saw lots of wildlife including, dolphins, penguins and seals plus learnt a few interesting facts along the way. The dog on board was an added extra as was the free drink! Great day that will be remembered...More

Thank 19laurajane82
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you for choosing to come with us and writing this lovely review, Laura. We really appreaciate it!

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Awesome cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. Désirée is very nice, and take car of all the passengers. Bainzy, the captain has good talent to be a guide tour. Buster, the dolphin dog is so cute. It was so nice to enjoy the bay with this amazing...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you, Anne-Sophie! So glad to hear you had a great tour with Bainzy & Desi. Hope we see you again down the track.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

What a wonderful trip around akoroa bay. Saw lots of hectors dolphins, a blue penguin, beautiful cormorants flying alongside the boat and a group of New Zealand fur seals including babies. The crew were so lovely, complementary glass of delicious New Zealand wine and home...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thanks, Julie! The harbour is really infectious, isn't it! There are so many highlights, making working on the water a real pleasure. Thank you so much for coming out with us.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

This is a family run business and a smaller boat which is the reason we chose it and we’re glad we did. We liked the commentary about the region and its geology. It was interesting to see the coast from the water. We got to...More

Thank Luzi3
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you so much for your taking the time to share your thoughts about your experience, Luzi! Please come back and visit us again.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

An absolute must do. We read TA reports and chose this trip and glad we did. They ensue you dolphins(hectors) penguins, and seals and provide a running commentary about the area history evolution and environmental protection. On both trips we saw about 20 dolphin -...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share the love on TripAdvisor. What an honour that you decided to come out with us twice in one day.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

From start to finish a fantastic experience. Welcomed aboard by crew and offered a refreshing complimentary drink. The crew were outstanding - friendly, communicative and did everything necessary to ensure everyone had a wonderful experience and saw everything the harbour has to offer. We’ve been...More

Thank David B
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you so much, David! Our goal since we started in 2004 has always been to give people a more local and personal experience, it sounds like that came through. Hopefully, you can come back and visit us again one day soon.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Had a great trip and we were very well looked after by the knowledgable and attentive crew. We were lucky to have a lovely day (still needed to wrap up for a trip on the Ocean). Desree made sure we were safe and fed and...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you! We are so lucky to have such a passionate and caring team. I will be sure to show Bainzy and Desi your lovely review.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful tour with Akaroa Dolphins, majestic views and so many dolphins! The crew were absolutely lovely and accommodating of our 2 toddlers as well (who are still talking about the ‘Hector Dolphins’ now! The commentary was so informative and great to hear...More

Thank Bart105
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Thank you for your constructive feedback, Bart! This is an area that can definitely be improved. On a positive note, we no longer use single-use plastic bags in either our retail shops or on our boats. Thank you for choosing to come with us.

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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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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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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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