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Coast up Close

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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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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LouLouPet wrote a review Feb. 2021
Taunton, United Kingdom18 contributions9 helpful votes
This has to be the best boat trip out of Akaroa. Tony is an exceptional and very informative guide he takes you right up close to the rock formations and wildlife. I've been on many boat trips, but this one is without doubt the best. We were 3 adults and 2 children, a 5 year old and 2 year old. The children had a wonderful time, were included in everything and made to feel very welcome. The Hector Dolphins were in abundance and we had the best views. I would not hesitate to recommend Tony's boat trip to anyone.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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kathymP1628XC wrote a review Feb. 2021
St Kilda, Australia13 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a fantastic day with Tony on the boat. The views were amazing and we saw some places in Akaroa we have never seen before in any other tours. We absolutely love it and will definitely come back to do it again. Our two year old had a fantastic time too!, very child friendly as well.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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The Patersons wrote a review Jan. 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
By far one of the best activities I have ever done. Admittedly the weather was exceptional (34degrees) , flat calm and visibility at 15+ meters, but the whole experience is a must , particularly for ‘city folk’. Tony is excellent and knowledgeable and the best is you do get “Up Close” to the wildlife. Forget your Central Otago thrill seeking. Spend your money on this. Best 2 1/2 hours for the money. Definitely doing this again.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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scoots634 wrote a review Jan. 2021
Rangiora, New Zealand51 contributions9 helpful votes
Tony was great and so was his boat. He is one lucky guy who truly loves his job and that shines through. We saw everything he promised and more. Even a couple of Mums with their baby Hector's dolphins, a tiny penguin and fur seals. The scenery was amazing - we were lucky to have a perfect day yesterday. Choices are sitting inside or out and we could easily move around the boat. Highly recommend this tour. Great value for money, just the right length of time. Forget the flasher boat up the wharf - this is the one to choose. Keep up the good work Tony - we are singing your praises!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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TetleyFamily wrote a review Jan. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions7 helpful votes
I don't do "touristy" things much but this was a great little trip. Even my son, who is hard to impress had a fantastic time and said it was the best value for money. The dolphins came out and the rock formations and the colours and the wildlife were awesome. The boat was perfect and we were given expert knowledge and local history as we moved through the harbour. If you are deciding between this and other similar tours, you won't regret taking this one. Go for it!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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