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Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7540, New Zealand
+64 21 228 8091
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Fantastic trip for seeing dolpinesssss

The boat was soooo clean and the trip was sooo wonderful! We saw many many dolphins around our... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Working with Coast up Close

I had the pleasure of working with Tony for Coast up Close this past season, and after working for... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Megan S
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Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local skipper, Tony, takes small groups to view the amazing wildlife,including penguins,dolphins, fur seals, and spectacular rock formations and sea caves.Terrific photo opportunities!
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Hours Today: 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7540, New Zealand
+64 21 228 8091

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The boat was soooo clean and the trip was sooo wonderful! We saw many many dolphins around our boat and show off! That was so amazing! And buddy is a very cute dog!

Thank ashleycD5992DB
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I had the pleasure of working with Tony for Coast up Close this past season, and after working for multiple different tourism companies I can say with confidence that working for Tony has been my favorite company I have ever worked for! Tony is a...More

Thank Megan S
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We recently enjoyed one of Tony's, Coast Up Close, wildlife tours while spending five days at Akaroa. We particularly appreciated his and his crew's warm welcome, and their personal approach to imparting intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the area to all on board. The...More

Thank 2bluetravellers
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Tony's trip is really good. Beautiful scenery and got great views of Hector's dolphins and other wildlife. Well run trip, comfortable boat and I highly recommend it.

Thank wildaboutaustralia
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Had a very pleasant trip to see the wildlife around the coast of Akaroa, saw a lot of different species, Dolphins, seals, penguins, and a lot of bird life. Tony and his crew gave us an excellent commentary of the wildlife and the surrounding fractures...More

Thank sgstark
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing trip with Tony and Buddy. Tony takes small groups out on his boat and is charming, knowledgable and personable. He knows where to find the wildlife we all crave to see in their natural surroundings. So pleased we chose this boat trip over and...More

Thank Toad1956
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Two of us came for a dolphin tour on the 26th Feb. Tony, the guy who runs it, is a very friendly guy. Himself and his staff are very knowledgeable and briefed us very well at each interesting spot of the tour. Their dog, Buddy,...More

Thank thclozel
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Knowledgeable and efficient skipper, Tony. Beautiful weather. We saw blue penguins, yellow eyed penguins, lots of seals, royal albatross, petrel, hector dolphins etc. Tony knows where to go and what to look for. He threw in a fishing line and allowed our friend to reel...More

Thank ausbo
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My wife and I are cruising on the Azamara Journey. We decided to join this excursion from Akaroa on impulse and are so glad we did. Splendid weather helped but the Boat Captain Tony and his assistants Megan and Anna ( two young natural science...More

Thank Tom Q
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful weather, small boat, deep knowledge of area's history, nature and wildlife by skipper Tony, opportunity to take great pictures made for fantastic morning in Akaroa. Thanks to Tony, his crew and his new puppy for unforgettable experience!

Thank LeeP_Ohio
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Response from awayagainBrisbaneQLD | Reviewed this property |
This question about room numbers does not relate to Coast Up Close cruises in Akaroa Harbour. This is a small ship that does fantastic day trips. 0 seconds ago