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Fox II

#6 of 23 Tours in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 41 Muter Street, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 800 369 7245

Sail with dolphins in the crater of an extinct volcano on New Zealand’s...

Sail with dolphins in the crater of an extinct volcano on New Zealand’s oldest gaffed rigged ketch, the Fox II. Relax and soak up the sun, sea and hills or take part as one of the crew. See Hector dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, blue and yellow-eyed penguins, albatross and other sea birds. You will be surrounded by giant volcanic sea cliffs, caves and rock formations along the journey. A guaranteed highlight of you trip, that you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Thoroughly delightful cruise

We booked this trip through the cruise we were on. The captain and crew were very attentive and really gave us a wonderful time. The music the captain put on seemed to attract... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Naples, Florida

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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked this trip through the cruise we were on. The captain and crew were very attentive and really gave us a wonderful time. The music the captain put on seemed to attract the dolphins. There were 20 or more that played around the boat. We saw several other larger power boats full of people that just zipped on by... More 

Thank rogerg20172017
Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A wide variety of different vessels are available for your cruise on Akaroa Harbor. We chose to go out on the Fox 2, an old sailing boat. We were not dissapointed. Captain Roy is a funny character, and shared a lot of his knowledge of the geography of the place, the fauna and also the history of the native Maori... More 

Thank Bendik W
Las Vegas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked this excursion from our cruise, and had a wonderful day! We saw penguins, dolphins, seals, and albatross. The water is the clearest water I have ever seen. Roy knows this area very well and is an excellent captain. He knew how to find the wildlife and was very knowledgable. The crew provided us with coats (it was chilly... More 

Thank Fluffybunny6702
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressive with dolphins and really great host. You will enjoy lovely small group of cruising on a sailing boat. Totally recommend.

Thank Prasit V
Swan Hill, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very relaxing cruise on the Fox II, and loads of wildlife were encountered. Roy is a great skipper and looked after the dolphins. The excursion out into the open sea was great. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Rex2507
Glenorchy, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Roy was super good at spotting wildlife! We saw swimming penguins, seals, and the super rare Hector Dolphins, and albatrosses, shags and other birds. Wear warm clothes, but Roy also provides jackets. Also, learnt loads about the local history. Thanks again for a great time on the water!

Thank MaxenceB16
Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We had an amazing morning sail with the team at Fox II - the crew were very professional and made us feel safe and comfortable with our two young children. Despite the glorious sunshine, it was much colder than expected but we were provided with toasty warm jackets and hot drinks. As well as all the spectacular sights and wildlife... More 

Thank LanglandCoveBnB
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

My wife and I booked this fantastic trip on our honeymoon - it was a perfect trip! Roy was an incredible host with the perfect mix of information about the harbour and history of Akaroa. We would recommend this to anyone!

Thank N1846FDjamiec
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

I booked the Fox II Akaroa Harbour sail as a surprise for my husband's birthday, January 28th. The weather was perfect for sailing with a good breeze and clear sky. Every aspect of the trip was brilliantly handled - a really informative commentary, wonderful contrasting music to attract the dozens of Hector's dolphins accompanying us, amazing scenery, some penguins and... More 

Thank Soundintent
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

We did this cruise with a group from a cruise ship on February 23 afternoon. The weather was cold but the crew provided jackets (if needed; free of charge). In the sun, the weather was warm. In the shadow of the mountains, it was cool. The crew consisted of the captain and two 20's man & woman. All were wonderful.... More 

Thank C W B

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