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Address: Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-304 8407
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Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and...

Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local skipper, Tony, takes small groups to view the amazing wildlife,including penguins,dolphins, fur seals, and spectacular rock formations and sea caves.Terrific photo opportunities!

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Wild life harbour trip Akoroa

We went out for a couple of hours with Tony in his small boat and had a wonderful time. He was very interesting to talk to and found us plenty of seals and porpoises as well as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went out for a couple of hours with Tony in his small boat and had a wonderful time. He was very interesting to talk to and found us plenty of seals and porpoises as well as other wild life and glorious views of the bays. Much much better fun and more personal than using the bis catamaran. Highly recommended.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time on board. Tony had so much to tell and to show. He even made a penguin sing for us. The animals seem to know him well! I really liked, Tony's attitude towards the animals, that is they are comming to the boat and are not chased around.

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Thank mariedrewes
San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We took a tour with Tony and his skipper on Akaroa's harbor on a cool, overcast day. Tony was a superb host, providing us with all the information we asked for and more. We saw several blue penguins and seals - both species so special and adorable. But the best part - the Hector's dolphins. Oh my goodness - nothing... More 

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Bristol, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Booked from UK as cruise ship due to call and didn't offer any "local" wildlife tours such as this and we didn't fancy a coach trip to Christchurch - our cruise included other NZ cities and this was an opportunity to do something different without any time on a coach. (eg 90 mins to Christchurch) Booking by internet was seamless... More 

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Thank SailorUK
Loveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Toni has refurbished a wooden boat to perfection. He takes a small group and shares the most amazing stories. He is also very respectful of all wildlife and doesn't chase the Hector Dolphins like some of the other boat operators. Yet, the dolphins come eagerly swimming to his boat and stay for a bit so you really see them. With... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

This was an excellent cruise. There were only 10 people on this tour, so there was plenty of room for everyone to see the wildlife. Tony was very respectful of the wildlife and did not chase the dolphins, but let them come to the boat if they wanted to. We saw penguins, dolphins, seals and even a pair of Yellow-Eyed... More 

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Thank JulieSP604IU
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Taking three teenage girls on this wildlife encounter was an amazing experience. One said teenager made the comment that was the first wildlife sightseeing that you actually saw everything that was promised. The up close viewing along with the guides well educated interactive review of not only the history but antidotal stories was marvellous. Thank you Tony, Kaj and Fluffy... More 

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Thank Angelahmartin
North Jutland, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Yesterday the 4/3 2016 we went for a trip with "Coast up close", and what a trip. Tony, the captain, was so nice and was telling us a lot about the places we seen and about the wildlife. We seen beautiful nature, Dolphins, penguins and so on, all that we expected, and best of all Tony does it in the... More 

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Thank Karen H
Winterthur, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

I wasn't sure at first, but the very friendly crew knows a lot, and the trip really was worth it! We saw many different sea animals along the way.

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Columbia, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Meet Tony and his boat right on the pier where tender boats arrive. The boat is comfortable with many spots to sit. Tony is knowledgeable about the area. He might need to use a speaker system, so all can hear his commentary. The cute pup rides along as we saw dolphins, blue penguins, and coastal caves.

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