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Akaroa Dolphins

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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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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 will 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.

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Akaroa dolphins nature cruise trip

It's amazing and excellent to see dozens of dolphins. All staff are very kindness. The cliff is so beautiful which looks artificial but it is made from nature!

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Reviewed 30 March 2017
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

It's amazing and excellent to see dozens of dolphins. All staff are very kindness. The cliff is so beautiful which looks artificial but it is made from nature!

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. It was lovely having you on board and we hope to see you again soon. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Our extended family took this trip & conditions were just perfect. The team of hosts were friendly, welcoming & very knowledgeable about the local history, culture and wildlife, being a family owned local business. Buster the dolphin dog was delightful searching out the pods of Hectors Dolphins for us. The cruise was very comfortable & much more personal on a... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we really value your feedback. I will pass on your kind words to the team. We are so lucky to be able to share the variety of wildlife that live in and around the harbour. We hope to see you again in the near future. From all the team at Akaroa... More 

Valley Springs, California
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

This family-owned business provided a warm welcome, professionally handled cruise, lots of sightings - Hector dolphins, Blue penguins, Fur seals, and more - all in their natural habitat. In addition, there was spectacular scenery just outside the harbor in a nearby volcanic crater, and views of commercial salmon and mussel farming operations. Wine and cookies were offered, as well as... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for supporting our local and family business. We hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise around New Zealand. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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Reviewed 26 March 2017

The Akaroa Dolphins harbour cruise was a highlight of our South Island of New Zealand trip. Shortly into the cruise we were offered a free beverage and chose a glass of fine NZ wine. The weather was perfect and so we were taken right out of the huge Akaroa harbour into the ocean. The commentary was very interesting and informative... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your brilliant and informative review of your cruise with us. We are so pleased we were able to show you our fabulous wildlife and scenery, and to make it a highlight of your time in New Zealand. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. Many thanks. From us all at... More 

Saitama Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

In a week of cloudy, drizzly weather in late March we lucked into a sunny day for our tour, but that was just a bonus, because I can imagine the tour would have been just as enjoyable in poorer weather. The boat was small, so there was no concern of jostling with a big crowd to see something over the... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We loved hearing how much you enjoyed the cruise with us. You truly did experience a variety of things our area has to offer. Thank you so much for your grand review. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Great crew- very informative of everything we saw - geographically , wildlife etc.. They even served beverages and homemade cookies! We saw Hector Dolphins, a yellow eyed penguin, several white-finned blue penguins, fish farms, lots of seals, lots of cormorants. The crew are very respectful of the wildlife and their environment.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Your comments and feedback are highly valued. It was such a pleasure to take you on our tour. Thank you from the team here at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

London, UK
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Bypassed all of Christchurch to watch dolphins at Akaroa. Sadly our booked cruise was cancelled due to poor weather; refund or alternate date offered. We took the alternate and were delighted. Saw a few dolphins in the outer reaches of the harbour. Good, stable boat. Very well crewed as a family business in the region a long time. This area... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for supporting our local and family owned company. It was a pleasure having you onboard and we are delighted to hear you had a great time. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

A great trip with a friendly and informative crew. A great way to bring our South Island road trip to an end!!! A small boat creates an intimacy and after a welcome drink we set off to explore the Bay and its inhabitants. Respectful of nature and the environment, we saw Hector's dolphins (lots), seals (lots) and a couple of... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are so lucky with the variety of wildlife that live in and around the harbour. Enjoy the rest of your time in the South Island and we hope to see you again in the near future. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely cruise with interesting commentary that wasn't OTT; very friendly accommodating staff especially when our wee 2 year old had a spot of sea sickness & awesome dolphins

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful and caring team. Thank you for sharing your experience and taking the time to write this review. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Fare was very ... fair Awesome local knowledge to start it off, good spots taken to, friendly staff, really nothing negative to report really. Think there is a 'weather guarantee' but wasn't needed for us. Is a 2 hour round trip that gets just to the Pacific

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are very proud of being a family and locally owned business. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

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