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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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The best trip on the Harbour!!!

We loved our trip with Akaroa Dolphins, the crew were so friendly and we got to see a huge pod of Orca Whales! They had a cool dog that joined us and we got a complimentary drink... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We loved our trip with Akaroa Dolphins, the crew were so friendly and we got to see a huge pod of Orca Whales! They had a cool dog that joined us and we got a complimentary drink when we jumped on board! Loved it and would recommend this boat and company to anyone traveling to Akaroa!

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Many thanks for your brilliant review. It certainly was an exciting afternoon when the Orca Whales swam into Akaroa Harbour. Thank you for your great recommendation of Akaroa Dolphins Harbour Nature Cruise. More 

CARROLLTON
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Hugh and Buster (the dolphin-finding dog) provided a great tour of Akaroa Bay, even in a pretty heavy downpour. They provided beverages and cookies. Best of all, they provided a warm, waterproof jacket that I wore over my own and allowed me to get out on the front of the boat to watch the pod of Hector's dolphins swimming and... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Your review has brought big smiles to the team. Thank you for your wonderful comments and we are thrilled you enjoyed your tour with Captain Hugh and one of our Dolphin dogs "Buster". More 

York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Four of us went out on a cloudy day today and saw Hector's dolphins in a pod, albatross,skua, fur seals, blue penguins and more. Choppy weather but rock-steady boat and we were looked after very well with wine, beer and cookies! Couldn't be better.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We’re pleased to hear you had a great day out with the dolphins, seals, sea birds, penguins and our crew. Thank you very much for your review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Staff/crew were really nice, we got a little glimpse of the baby dolphin, but on our way back we got to see an orca it was fantastic!! And the special dog who thinks he's a lap dog was cool too! Excellent time with Akaroa Dolphins. Highly recommended.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

What an exciting day to not only spot a baby dolphin but also an Orca. Thank you for posting the photo of one our Dolphin dogs " Buster" and your great review of Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We were lucky with the weather, considering this time of the year. 'Jet the dog' was a wonderful guide spotting Hector dolphins, Seals,Blue Penguins and a wide variety of sea birds with no trouble at all. Skipper was very informative and the scenery was absolutely stunning.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your brilliant review and such positive feedback. It was a pleasure to have you on-board our two hour Akaroa Dolphins harbour cruise. Many thanks. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved this. For the price it is incredible value compared to most tourist attractions. Super friendly bunch, excellent commentary and great wildlife to see. We were lucky to have a very calm day and HEAPS of playful dolphins. Lasted 2 hours and would have happily spent many more on board.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Our team here at Akaroa Dolphins are thrilled to receive your great review. We are delighted you loved your time with us. Many thanks. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Travelled from Christchurch to Akaroa for the day. I am a Christchurch local but my boyfriend is from Germany. He wanted to go and see some dolphins as he doesn't live anywhere close to the sea back home. Was the second time we went to take the trip - had booked for the weekend before but ended up missing the... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

A big thank you for your wonderful descriptive review. We were so pleased you were able to come back to Akaroa to join us on our cruise. Thank you also for your recommendation. More 

Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We are 2 couples travelling for 2 wks now in the southern island - have had a great time all over. We enjoyed so very much this dolphine cruise. Over 2 hrs of a very relaxing and friendly atmosphere aboard , beautiful scenery all around, the climes was an exciting dolphine "visit". They came in couples , swiming around our... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It is wonderful to hear how you enjoyed your Akaroa Dolphins harbour cruise. Thank you for choosing Akaroa Dolphins and for your positive feedback. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Fantastic family business, popped in late afternoon when arrived in Akaroa, got the weather report and made the decision. Go now !! 10:15am is the first trip out of the bay- this is viewing not swimming. Great Viewing, upstairs, up front, out back, big safe Catamaram so plenty of room for viewing from many places. Good for children. Great skipper... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

What a fantastic and very detailed review of your experience on your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. We are very proud of being 100% locally owned and operated. Thank you so much for your posting. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Highly recommend this adventure. Enjoyed the small group atmosphere. Mark & George were outstanding, very informative and went out of their way to ensure we saw the incredible wildlife (seals, dolphins, penguins, etc.) and the scenic highlights of the NZ coastline.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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