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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-304 7866
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Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of...

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 vessel, 'Into the Blue'. Highlights of our cruises include the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins, sea birds, spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. We give you an intimate and luxurious experience, starting with home-baking and complimentary drinks, including award winning wine and beer, when you step aboard.

Our 100% locally owned and operated team can show you the Peninsula like only a local can. See 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. Check out our website to learn how to join us on an unforgettable cruise.

Summer cruise times are at 10.15am, 12.45pm and 3.15pm. Winter cruise time is 12.45pm. Boarding is 15 minutes prior.

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Best outing in Akaroa Harbour

We went out for a couple of hours in the Akaroa Harbour with our captain George and our Dolphin spotting dog, Jet. It was a comfortable boat, and we saw everything we hoped to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2016
Virginia R
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Orinda, California, United States

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Orinda, California, United States
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We went out for a couple of hours in the Akaroa Harbour with our captain George and our Dolphin spotting dog, Jet. It was a comfortable boat, and we saw everything we hoped to. Blue Penguins, Hector's Dolphins and fur seals! We learned about the history of the area and saw some sea caves. It was a great outing.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

What a wonderful review to recieve from you, thank you so much. You have bought a big smile to George and of course Jet. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This was one of the greatest wildlife cruises I have ever been on. The Captain was very skillful in manoeuvring the boat around the harbour of Akaroa, and around the animals as well. The guides, and Captain, were also incredibly knowledgeable about the area, and passionate about showing it to us. This is the only place I have seen Hector's... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It brings a great delight to our dedicated and passionate team when we receive such an amazing review and to be told this was the greatest cruise you have been on. Thank you so much. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This family-run trip is a real pleasure and the crew go the extra mile to make it a rewarding experience. We saw blue penguins, albatross, Hector's dolphins, several varieties of shag, petrels, royal spoonbills and fur seals. The crew were genuinely delighted to find the first baby Hector's dolphin of the season and the commentary was informative and useful. It... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

What a thrill for the team at Akaroa Dolphins to read such a terrific review about your experience with us. It was wonderful to be able to show you all our interesting wildlife on our cruise. Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This is such a great company to book with. From the very beginning you are hosted by lovely people who tell you their amazing story of how their ancestors were the first settlers there. You don't only get to see dolphins, which are beautiful, but if you're lucky you might also see seals, penguins and lots of other sea birds... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful compliments and we are so thrilled you loved your cruise. Great picture of Jet. Many thanks for your posting. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

On Saturday the 3rd of December'16 my Dad and I (age 12) were lucky enough to go on a 2 hour cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. Being reasonably local from Christchurch, we found Akaroa Dolphins really helpful with information and all the staff and crew members were really friendly. The day we went we saw Hectors Dolphins( lots - about 25... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your very descriptive review of your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. We are thrilled that your cruise was an amazing experience. We look forward to hosting your family. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

new york
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Got to see a ton of dolphins and seals and a few penguins as an added bonus! Brilliant couple of hours with a great crew (Skipper, Desiree and Buster the dog!). Lovely family run business. Recommend this trip 100%. Thanks for giving our nature loving family a fun afternoon out.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It is wonderful to receive this first class recommendation. It was a pleasure to have you and the family on the cruise. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster. More 

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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We were greeted warmly upon arrival on the ship, and the whole time the crew seemed about as enthusiastic as we did, especially the dolphin-seeking dog Buster! We received complimentary drinks, homemade baked goods, and the option to sit inside or outside. We were able to see dolphins, seals, and penguins. We got a few good glimpses of the dolphins,... 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 you enjoyed your cruise. Many thanks from the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Punakaiki
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The boat is a small catamaran and not to many people on it. We got to see hector dolphins, penguins, herons and seals. The crew brought their dog with them. He help to find the dolphins. We also got to see volcanic rocks. The crew spoils their guests in many ways.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We do offer a personalised cruise so we are delighted you thought you were well looked after. Thank you for taking the time to post your experience. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Greater Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Did the harbour cruise on what apparently was a very good day! Boarded for the afternoon cruise and offered our complimentary glass of wine/beer/juice/soft drink as the cruise began. On board was our wonderful, informative skipper, our trusty dolphin spotting dog Buster and his master Katy and us wayward passengers 😊. We were extremely lucky apparently to see many small... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It is always so nice to receive such positive comments, so thank you so much for taking the time to review Akaroa Dolphins. It was a pleasure taking you cruising with us. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Wonderful harbour cruise with Skipper Bainsy and host Julia. Great local knowledge and full of history. The cruiser is comfortable and expertly skippered. Jet the dog is a joy to behold and certainly enjoys dolphin or fish spotting. We had at least a dozen dolphins playing around the boat for lengthy time. An amazing spectacle. Very helpful staff in the... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you very much for choosing to come with us. We are very proud to be a local and family run business, and love that you were keen to support us. Thank you for your kind words. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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