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Akaroa Sailing Cruises

#2 of 23 Tours in Akaroa
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Address: End of Main Wharf, past the Blue Buildings, Akaroa, New Zealand
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+64 800 724 528

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Sailing glory

This sail cruise in the akaroa harbour is a must. Ray our captain was very knowledgable, friendly and kind. He really looked after us and the trip was beautiful. Great scenery... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle S
Kingscliff, Australia
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Kingscliff, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This sail cruise in the akaroa harbour is a must. Ray our captain was very knowledgable, friendly and kind. He really looked after us and the trip was beautiful. Great scenery, seals, dolphins, penguins and mussel farms. We loved it.

Thank Michelle S
York, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 31 March 2017

There really aren't enough adjectives to describe this experience. Ray uses his gifts, skills in sailing, knowledge of the sea, history - both natural and social, and knowledge of human beings to the full. He had my wife's and my attention solidly for the two and a half hour journey. The afternoon was sunny and enough wind to sail with... More 

Thank robin656
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

I had a wonderful afternoon sailing round the harbour and the Queen Victoria with Ray. He is really welcoming and friendly and very informative about the history, culture and wildlife of Akaroa, and about his beloved and beautiful boat. Most of the wildlife seemed to be having a siesta that afternoon but we were closely accompanied for several minutes by... More 

Thank Bashyacta
Bolton, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

To start with Akaroa is the most beautiful place to visit. The sailing boat trip is very special because the dolphins and penguins don't have to cope with an engine and they seemed to love that. We saw lots of them and we were even treated to an albatross very close to us. A wonderful trip with a great crew... More 

Thank Denise H
Calgary, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Captain Ray is awesome and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. He is very entertaining and extremely informative. I am still telling his stories back home. Spend an afternoon with Ray on his boat. You won't regret it :)

Thank gord497
London, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Our group of six from Canada sailed with Captain Ray in Akaroa, New Zealand and we had an absolutely great sailing adventure. He has a great love for the sea and his expertise on the water comes with great skills and the pure joy of sailing and meeting new people.....Thank you Ray!!! Cindy

Thank cindydorssers14
Rindge, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We sailed out on the Manatura looking for wildlife on the morning cruise. We encountered dolphins, blue penguins and an unusual (for Akaroa) yellow eyed penguin. Captain Ray was an great VERY enthusiastic host, I think he was as excited about what we saw as anyone on the boat. Many of us had a turn at the helm as well.... More 

Thank kokosuki
Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

This tour is run by "Captain Ray", a consummate professional with highly developed interpersonal skills. The sailing adventure starts with an Air New Zealand type of safety briefing in which all points are covered but with that infectious Kiwi humour. Ray demonstrates superior sailing skills as he handles his boat as if it was an extension of his body. All... More 

Thank Bill T
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Akaroa is the key place of beauty to enjoy sailing in South Island, NZ. Ray's boat and knowledge gives a smaller-size group true opportunities to learn, participate and enjoy sailing. A fantastic experience, not to be miss!!

Thank barb598
1 review
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Great said with Captain Ray. Very informative and saw dolphins, a penguin, sea birds, caves and enjoyed a wonderful sail.

Thank Jacquie B

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