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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Had a great time seeing many dolphins, seals, penguins and... read more

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Nathan S
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Outstanding day out on Akaroa Harbour. A complimentary glass of wine on offer as I stepped aboard... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Claire R
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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 yesterday via mobile

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Had a great time seeing many dolphins, seals, penguins and the amazing scenery. Would highly recommend

Thank Nathan S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Outstanding day out on Akaroa Harbour. A complimentary glass of wine on offer as I stepped aboard, superb hospitality, commentary spot-on, comfortable and spacious boat, luckily a clear day. Saw Hector’s dolphins, little blue penguins, seal pups and more.

Thank Claire R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip. Trip was exciting and beautiful. Dolphins everywhere. So playful! Seals, cormorants, amazing views. Mark and Aommy were wonderful hosts and guides, and Buster the world-famous dolphin spotter (professional) loved his pats when his duty was complete. The ship...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My second time on the cruise, returning after 6 years! I just loved it again. Scenery Nook was spectacular! Great wildlife this time also and fabulous hospitality. Thanks Desiree, Mark and Akaroa Dolphins!

Thank Hac42
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks, Holly! It was lovely having you back on board. The team will be thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our crew were Mark, Aommy and Sydney the dog :) They were wonderful hosts. Aommy is very welcoming and smiley and chatty to everyone as they get on board. We felt very comfortable. The trip was amazing, and the captain tried hard to give us...More

Thank Paulette R
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks, Paulette! Mark and Aommy are fantastic, aren’t they! They will be thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time. Hopefully, you can visit us again in the near future.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a must do if you visit Akaroa, free drink on arrival sorted the hangover, cookie on way back was awesome. Seen a power of dolphins, seals, albatross and whisper it, even a couple of whales. Extremely knowlegable and friendly staff, including buster the...More

Thank Albadave
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks, Dave! What an added bonus seeing the Humpback whales. Do come back and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had an absolutely wonderful time on the boat and this would be one of the best, if not the best tours we have done. The dolphins were spectacular and it was great to see them. The crew were very friendly, extremely knowledgeable and hospitable....More

Thank Adam D
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks, Adam! It was lovely meeting you. I hope you had a good trip back to Auckland. Look forward to having you onboard again in the near future.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was by far the best, most impressive and enjoyable tour we've done in New Zealand (and we have done many!). We chose this boat company because of the lower passenger capacity, hoping for an intimate approach and it was exactly that and beyond expectation!...More

Thank BeauJeanne
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you, Beau! So thrilled to hear you enjoyed you time with us! It was a pleasure having you onboard. Even in the cooler months the harbour is spectacular, isn’t it! Take care.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the best tours we’ve ever done. We saw playful hector dolphins, fur seals and penguins. The hosts provided great commentary, were welcoming and warm and bonuses include luxurious boat, complimentary drinks (we had a generous glass of wine), cookie and a friendly dog!...More

Thank Holly O
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you, Holly, for your kind words!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out to see Dolphins, Seals and a variety of bird life. Nice boat, beautiful day and topped off by the crew, Captain Bainzy with an informative presentation and our lovely hostess Katie who was so helpful and kept everyone organised. Buster the boat...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks, Pat! It was our pleasure being able to show you the harbour and all its highlights. Hopefully, you can come back and visit us again soon.

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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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Spartyxena
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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pelicanron
12 August 2015|
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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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