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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Educational and Entertaining

It was a perfect day to be out on the harbour. Mark's commentary was very interesting and the... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Wendeborg
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Canberra, Australia
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Great day trip from Christchurch.

Fantastic voyage...we saw the illusive Hector Dolphins and seals, many beautiful rock formations... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2018
Linda G
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Indio, California
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

It was a perfect day to be out on the harbour. Mark's commentary was very interesting and the hospitality was a bonus. The dolphins were a bit shy, but the birdlife and fur seals more than made up for that. We loved Buster the dog!

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for your lovely review! Glad you found our cruise educational & entertaining. Buster is adorable, isn't he!

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Fantastic voyage...we saw the illusive Hector Dolphins and seals, many beautiful rock formations. It was a smooth voyage and the staff was so helpful. The glass of champagne and chocolate chip cookie was a bonus. The little town of Akaroa was lovely. Had great fish...More

Thank Linda G
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thanks, Linda! Wonderful to hear you enjoyed your day in Akaroa and on the harbour.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful experience which I will never forget.. We were on board of the Cunard QM2 and decided to book independently this tour from the UK as it was a family run business and the reviews were great....More

Thank Anneandco11
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

You are more than welcome, Anne! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

All the great reviews tell the story. A small boat with very personal service including a wine/beer/non-alcoholic drink of your choice as the cruise starts. The history of the area is reviewed. We saw the dolphins, seals and various bird species up close. Highly recommended!

Thank TorontoMac
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you! We really appreciate that you took the time to write this review.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Thanks so much, it was a Great experience. We See a lot - Dolphins, penguins, albatross, Seals, .... And we learned a lot about the peninsula. It was Great to do it in a small Group and we have became pampered with complimentary Drinks and...More

Thank elisabeth_riedel
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks, Elisabeth! Glad to hear your learnt lots about the Peninsula. It’s a pretty special place, isn’t it.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

This was a spur of the moment decision and we loved it. A glass of wine upon arrival, a dog to seek out the dolphins, interesting commentary and great staff. The little Hectors dolphins were incredible and we saw plenty. Then out into the ocean...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks for choosing to come with us Cathy!

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

We took the 1245 cruise on a beautiful sunny Sunday. The experience was fantastic, we saw several Hectors dolphins and a single Albatross along with many seals. The crew were friendly and informative with their local knowledge. Value for money and a must do whilst...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thanks, Steve! Really appreciate your kind words.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

When we got on the boat our captain asked “Did mum get your ticket?” This company is Five to six generations of Akaroa. The son, George, was our skipper and he was very informative and fun. He gave us a beer and wine when we...More

Thank phil713
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Thank you so much, Phill! Glad to hear you felt part of the family. Thank you for recommending us also!

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

This is a must if you're traveling near Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. Helpful and knowledgeable staff, beautiful scenery, and plentiful wildlife sightings. The advertised "wine and home baked goods" consists of a sample glass and a cookie -- but it was...More

Thank Marcia P
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

So glad you enjoyed your experience on the water with us as well as our famous cookie! They are delicious, aren't they?!

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Great locally operated business, heaps of local knowledge and know all the spots to find the local wildlife. Highly recommend

Thank Luke M
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Thanks, Luke. It's a real privilege being able to live in Akaroa and share the harbour with others. Hopefully, you can come back again soon.

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lynn l
March 19, 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
January 18, 2017|
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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
August 12, 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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