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Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

80 Rue Lavaud | Akaroa Information Centre, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7255
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Amazing Three Hours!

Wow! My husband and I aren't even tour people but this was such an intimate tour with Paul we are... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
Silverton, Oregon
Best Short Excursian

I went on a cruise around New Zealand Dec 2016 and this short excursion was my favorite out of all... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Fairbanks, Alaska
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A unique journey from the charming shoreline village of Akaroa, up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, we will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits.
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  • Very good4%
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  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“rock pools” (3 reviews)
“host paul” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
80 Rue Lavaud | Akaroa Information Centre, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7255

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

Wow! My husband and I aren't even tour people but this was such an intimate tour with Paul we are now TOUR People. First of all, we were on a cruise ship that stopped at this port. I made reservations in advance and Paul was...More

Thank atwell4
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I went on a cruise around New Zealand Dec 2016 and this short excursion was my favorite out of all of them! We drove through the most beautiful sheep farm. Sheep everywhere and I even saw a hair. The drivers had a lot of information...More

Thank colettegilmour
Reviewed 15 February 2017

An excellent shore excursion. Small group. Spectacular scenery. Paul was passionate about sharing his property and his knowledge and love of his seal colony. Wonderful information and to get up close to all the baby seals learning to swim in the rock pools was truly...More

Thank KazzaSept2016
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This was a fantastic tour for a small group. We were a party of 7 with four adults and three kids. This tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Paul has a wealth of knowledge and his property is fabulous. The...More

1  Thank Lynda A
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

A great experience and very personalized tour ( just my husband and I)Paul was very knowledgeable and friendly. The rookery was fantastic and being up close to the seals will be a memory we'll cherish for ever.

1  Thank Denice M
Reviewed 11 January 2017

What a great day out with Paul to show us the beautiful countryside. Entertaining information about the history of his farm and the area dating way back. We loved it was a small group (just the two of us!!) and the highlight was getting up...More

Thank Michelle1inCairns
Reviewed 10 January 2017

As many others have reviewed, this tour was certainly a highlight of our day in Akaroa as a family of 5 adults. The tour does not have more than 8 people which is just perfect. On our particular tour it was just us and another...More

Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Booked this tour for my cousin and myself on our last day in Akaroa. We were absolutely blown away by the tour. Paul is a great guide and full of information. The tour was intimate and we got really close to wild seals. We learnt...More

Thank Cara N
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This was a great trip. Great scenic drive through Paul's farm down to the beach where the seals were. Paul was full of information about the colony and the mating habits. Really great to see the males, and the mother's taking care of their pups....More

Thank PalmtreeSA
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Take one of the boats from Akaroa wharf and just go out into the harbour,you will not only see seals,but dolphins ,little penguin and sea birds. You can swim with the dolphins and experience close up.

Thank Julia G
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Kh Y
Hi is the journey suitable for senior citizen as read there is a climb down some rocks.
30 October 2016|
Response from AkaroaSealColony | Property representative |
Hi Kh Y Yes Where people find the walk difficult, I talk them on a shorter less arduous walk. Not quite as interesting in my mind, but not too bad. You will still see lots of seals. Best wishes Paul
I am very interested in visiting the seal colony. As all of you mentioned that it would need to climb down the volanco rocks, I wonder if it would be difficult or hard. I can physically ok but my legs are not too strong, so I wonder if I can do it or not. Thanks.
17 February 2015|
Response from nellie195105 | Reviewed this property |
The man who leads the tour - he owns the property - is so thoughtful and considerate that I know he would help you. Also, you can get a very good view by not climbing down - you won't be as close - but you will be within 30... More
Gail W
How long is this tour? What time does it leave? We are on a cruise. Are we picked up at the ship's dock? Does this cruise leave us time to go to Giant's house and see Akaroa?
15 January 2015|
Response from nellie195105 | Reviewed this property |
The tour lasts the morning. You are picked up at the dock. If I remember correctly, that was a tender port for Celebrity. Yes, you have the afternoon free. He is a really nice man - incredible sightings of seals - you are... More