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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim) provided by Canterbury Trails - Day Tours

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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
9h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3290AK
Important information
Inclusions
  • Cheese factory visit
  • Cafe lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from all centrally located Christchurch hotels
  • An Eco-marine harbor cruise - if option selected
  • An Eco-marine adventure swimming with the Hector's Dolphins - if option selected
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We can pick from any Hotel, B&B, home-stay within central Christchurch on request
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • A percentage of the tour price is used for the conservation of New Zealand's wildlife, environment and it's endangered species
  • Tour operator picks up from all accommodation: hotel, lodge, Bed & Breakfast in Christchurch. The tour operator will confirm the tour and leave a message at the Christchurch accommodation 24 hours prior to the tour date.
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Cheese factory visit
  • Cafe lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from all centrally located Christchurch hotels
  • An Eco-marine harbor cruise - if option selected
  • An Eco-marine adventure swimming with the Hector's Dolphins - if option selected
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We can pick from any Hotel, B&B, home-stay within central Christchurch on request
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • A percentage of the tour price is used for the conservation of New Zealand's wildlife, environment and it's endangered species
  • Tour operator picks up from all accommodation: hotel, lodge, Bed & Breakfast in Christchurch. The tour operator will confirm the tour and leave a message at the Christchurch accommodation 24 hours prior to the tour date.
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Akaroa
    Stop: 5 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Barrys Bay Cheese
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

5.0
24 reviews
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Colliedog58
Hartley, UK395 contributions
Jan 2020
Our travel agent had booked us a trip to Akaroa from the U.K. We were picked up from our hotel, on time, by Dave. As the day progressed we realised just how lucky we had been to have Dave as our guide. He literally "left no stone unturned" in so much as he showed us absolutely everything there was to see. He is such a friendly, knowledgeable chap and has such enthusiasm for the landscape.
I am sure that all the guides in this company display the same qualities so would highly recommend booking with this company.
Written 16 February 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review. Glad that you had a great time exploring beautiful Akaroa with Dave.
Written 24 February 2020
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Susan
1 contribution
Mar 2020
This was an excellent day out. Akaroa is beautiful and we spent a couple of hours on a boat seeing lots of nature! We had a delicious lunch at a harbour side cafe and during our minibus journeys to and from Christchurch we saw amazing scenery. Highly recommended!
Written 1 April 2020
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IreneH2162
Thank you for you review. Akaroa is one of our favourite days out, it has it all. Nature, scenery and great food.
Written 2 April 2020
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Katie
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We are a family of 4 with 2 teens (13yo and 15 yo), and our travel agent booked this tour with dolphin swimming. I was hesitant about the long day with teens but Fiona was a wonderful guide, as nice and kind as could be and so well-informed! She definitely made the trip for us. The kids also enjoyed the eco-friendly swimming adventure and I would highly recommend that as well. All in all, worth the money.
Written 4 January 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. So pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable day out with Fiona. Glad that you also enjoyed the swimming with the dolphins.
Written 4 March 2020
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chood4
Columbia, SC21 contributions
Hugo was a terrific and very personable guide. He made the day. The dolphin excursion on Black Cat was interesting but the check in process was very poorly run. That’s why I subtract one star. People working at the reception area were rude. The guys on the boat were great however. Be prepared to not see any dolphins as apparently that can happen quite often. We were lucky in that regard. Akaroa is a very quaint and lovely place to spend the day. Ask for Hugo when you book!!
Written 1 February 2020
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IreneH2162
Hi there, thank you for your review, so pleased to hear you saw some dolphins and that you enjoyed your time with Hugo. We will pass your comments regarding check-in on to Black Cat.
Written 2 February 2020
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macotak
Tucson, Arizona72 contributions
Feb 2020
Stuart took us on a personal day tour of Akaroa Bay that included an excellent 2 hr boat ride to see the dolphins and seals and coastline outside the bay.That ride was great fun (and heard from many locals that said the swim experience was over-rated). We were lucky that there were no cruise ships at Akaroa so the pace of the wonderful little town was quiet and laid-back. Don't expect that if a ship (or two) is in. We then had a very nice lunch at one of the cafes and afterwards walked through town to see many of the historical buildings.Stuart then took us on the back-way to Christchurch via Littleton Harbor and many beautiful views. Finally he took us to the RNZAF museum since I'm an old Navy flyer and it was amazing! Stuart was the best guide we could have imagined and made our last day (sadly) in NZ perfect.
Written 3 February 2020
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IreneH2162
Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear you had a wonderful time in Akaroa and at the Air Force Museum with Stuart. Akaroa is such a lovely spot and pleased to hear that you saw the dolphins and seals. Glad we could make your final day a special one.
Written 10 February 2020
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Vhk
Worcester, UK1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Couples
Stuart picked us up promptly from our hotel, was a charming and informative companion throughout. We saw Hector's dolphins, mini penguins and seals plus Albie the dog on our cruise with Akora Dolphin. Lovely lunch in Akora before tour of Akora itself and on to Lyttleton Harbour an Art gallery at Little River and coffee and brownies on outskirts of Christchurch. Moving visit to empty chairs memorial to victims of Christchurch Earthquakes and view of transitional cardboard cathedral. All in all lovely day. Sad to leave NZ.
Written 8 March 2020
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IreneH2162
Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day exploring Akaroa and Christchurch with Stuart.
Written 8 March 2020
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Kathy
1 contribution
Nov 2019
Our tour guide, Mandy, was exceptional, easy, fun, interesting, packed with great information and highly flexible. She even took us shopping and looked like she enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this group.
Written 25 February 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear you had a lovely day out with Mandy - she loves shopping! We will pass your kind comments on to her.
Written 4 March 2020
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Barbara Payne
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a fabulous time with Dave Sandford on our tour to Akaroa to see the Hector’s dolphins. We thought the dolphins were the whole trip and they were wonderful but Dave showed us so much more and was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about everything; we had a super time. He tailored the trip to our interests, chose a great lunch spot, and threw in some extra side jaunts that were great. And he’s fun to be with! We highly recommend Dave and Canterbury Trails.
Written 11 January 2020
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IreneH2162
Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day in Akaroa with Dave, and that you got to meet the wonderful Hectors Dolphins too.
Written 12 January 2020
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Jan-Erik B
Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions
Our guide Dave had a lot of knowledge and humour and made sure the tour was one of the high points of our journey in NZ. The tour had a great mix of art, cheese, the very nice town Akaroa and a harbour cruise where we saw penguins, dolphins and seals.
Written 4 April 2020
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IreneH2162
Thank you for your review and your summary of the day spent with Dave in Akaroa. we are glad you enjoyed it and that is was a highlight of your time here.
Written 6 April 2020
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Wes D
3 contributions
Oct 2019
Really well run tour to the Akaroa Peninsula. Fiona, our guide, was fantastic. She was very informative, well organized and was very attentive to us plus very pleasant to spend the day with. The tour was very interesting, especially the tour of the sheep farm. The scenery was beautiful. All in all, highly recommended.
Written 11 October 2019
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IreneH2162
Thank you very much for your review of your tour with Fiona. The scenery where the farm is located is stunning and I am glad you were able to see and experience it. Thank you again
Written 12 October 2019
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