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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 7866
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We offer an exclusive and intimate 2 hour Harbour Nature Cruise on our...

We offer an exclusive and intimate 2 hour Harbour Nature Cruise on our luxurious “Into the Blue” catamaran. We accommodate for a small number of guests, so you can enjoy a more personal cruise experience around the spectacular seascape including sea caves, high cliffs and volcanic rock formations. Akaroa Harbour is home of the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, the Hector’s Dolphin. A cruise out on Akaroa Harbour is the perfect way to view these amazing creatures, along with fascinating bird life and other curious and entertaining sea mammals the likes of seals and penguins in their natural habitat – and why not do it in style at a very competitive price? Our local family history dates back to 1838 and as your hosts we will provide you with a personal insight into this region. A complimentary award winning wine, beer, organic juice, soft drinks and fresh home baking is included in the cruise price. Summer cruise times are at 10.15am, 12.45pm and 3.15pm, and our winter cruise time is 12.45pm.

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A "must do" activity.

This is a definite "must do" for anyone visiting Akaroa. A very informative and friendly family operated cruise showcasing the areas history, wild life and geological make up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a definite "must do" for anyone visiting Akaroa. A very informative and friendly family operated cruise showcasing the areas history, wild life and geological make up. Many thanks to Mark and George for their hospitality - a drink before we set off and for the home made cookies on the homeward stretch. Thanks to Jet (?) for great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife, daughter and I visited Akaroa and were blown away by what a beautiful place it is. We decided to go on a boat trip to see the dolphins and booked with Akaroa Dolphins. From the start of the trip it was clear this family run business took great pride in what they did. The captain and staff on... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for recommending us to others. It is always wonderful to hear great feedback, and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your cruise. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great afternoon watching dolphins play, seeing seals penguin playing on the rocks, seeing such detail of volcanic rock in region was a lot of fun

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It was wonderful to receive it. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Geldern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great tour with Akaroa Dolphins! The crew is super friendly and really knowledgeable! We enjoyed a glass of wine while spotting dolphins - with the help of Buster, the dog! We were really lucky to see so many dolphins - some even with their babies! The scenery of the Banks Peninsula is spectacular- even more so from... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

How wonderful to hear of your experience with us. Our team, including our Dolphin dogs take great pride in giving you a memorable time. Many thanks for your recommendation. Thank you from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic morning out on Akaroa harbour. This is an extremely friendly and genuinely family run business who have resided in the village for five generations! The skipper was extremely informative, stopping at many points of interest during the cruise. Seeing dolphins swim under our bow and sightings of seals, shags and penguins were the highlights. We were very well looked... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We are all delighted to receive such a brilliant review. As a team we are passionate about showing you all our highlights of Akaroa Harbour. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Pretty self explanatory, Akaroa Dolphins, so expected to see some little Hector Dolphins. Not disappointed. Captain kept us informed re their whereabouts, putting the boat into a position of all to see. Also other geographical attractions and other local wildlife: seals, penguins etc. Early in the season of the dolphins to be in the harbour, but non the less they... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your comprehensive review of your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. Yes, our team including our Dolphin dogs are dedicated and passionate about giving you a great experience. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice experience .host tells a lot about the surrouding .2 hours trip with a lot to see .not too big bot.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to place your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I think most of the other reviews sum it up ,a great day out glass of wine and a cookie to finish it off.A dolphin seeking dog and some great sights. Worth every cent.5*

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

What more could we ask for than a five star review? Thank you so much from the Akaroa Dolphins team. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Simply the best cruise around! Very informative and full of little extras which made it stand out (especially the warm jackets!!)

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is very much appreciated! Thank you from all the team at Akaroa Dolphins More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Perfect cruise, quality, guides, outstanding service, comfort and sightseen. Good free wine and cookies on board.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for you positive feedback. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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