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Join us on our luxury catamaran where you will enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour and meet the world's smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, along with New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins, marine salmon and mussel farms. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. From our check-in team to our skippers and on board guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

Please note, boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure, with check-in 30 minutes before this time.

Stop At:

• Akaroa Lighthouse, Beach Road, Akaroa, Akaroa New Zealand
• Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
• Banks Peninsula, Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810 New Zealand
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Departure Point
65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • A complimentary glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic option
  • One of our famous home-baked cookies
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fantastic experience - this family run business has this down to a fine art. You are greeted with complimentary drinks (of various types) then taken on a wonderful cruise - expertly guided by the captains dialogue. Searching out and viewing dolphins in their natural habitat is a
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We had a great day out with Akaroa Dolphins and were lucky to see many dolphins. The wine and cookies were a real treat.
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks Pauline! The wine especially helps with the whole experience I agree haha, but happy to hear there were lots of dolphins too! Thanks for choosing us.
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This is a professional outfit, the boat was in excellent condition. The Hosts were excellent providing hot drinks and warm coats. They ensured we saw dolphins penguins and seals on our trip. Definitely recommend
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks for recommending us! We pride ourselves on our service, so we're very grateful to you for taking the time to leave a comment with your 5 stars! :)
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Nicest and newest boats, genuine service and staff with good knowledge and expertise. My heart sank when we arrived at the dock and saw crowds of tourists filing onboard the oldest, dingiest barely seaworthy vessels. But me and my two teenage kids were pleasantly surprised to
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises
Responded 2 days ago
This has got to be the perfect review! Thank you so much for being complimentary about the things that we choose as a company, and we're over the moon to hear that you and the kids had a great experience. We hope to see you guys again one day in the near future. From the team here at Akaroa Dolphins :)
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Our experience was awesome right from the start. The owners are so friendly and down to earth. The skipper and assistant are helpful and knowledgable. The boat is beautiful. We saw heaps of Dolphins and heard some history about Akaroa and its landscape and inhabitants. It was
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises
Responded 4 days ago
Cheers Kate! Wonderful to hear what you thought of your experience with us, it really means alot! Thank you, from the everyone here at Akaroa Dolphins :)
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By: Akaroa Dolphins
1,864 reviews
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SteveB_1234567
10
Harbour and Dolphin cruise
Fantastic experience - this family run business has this down to a fine art. You are greeted with complimentary
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paulineds2014
Hamilton
21
Wonderful Trip
We had a great day out with Akaroa Dolphins and were lucky to see many dolphins. The wine and cookies were a real
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karena56
229
Great Cruise
We went on the Akaroa Dolphins cruise this morning and had a magical time. We saw so many dolphins, it is had to
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gregsI5443VM
Auckland Central, New Zealand
478
Friendly Hosts - genuine service
This is a professional outfit, the boat was in excellent condition. The Hosts were excellent providing hot drinks
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ErinC792
Brisbane, Australia
3311
Fabulous
Akaroa Harbour is a natural beauty. This cruise had one of the most interesting commentaries I've had on this type
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HH_DiamondMember2019
Canberra, Australia
64
Memorable for all the right reasons
Nicest and newest boats, genuine service and staff with good knowledge and expertise. My heart sank when we
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KateF1361
112
Amazing
Our experience was awesome right from the start. The owners are so friendly and down to earth. The skipper and
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bigdanejespersen
Copenhagen, Denmark
209
Best in Akaroa
We went on this cruise after a disapointing kayak trip and boy do they deliver. Super frienly staff, home made
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Bob G
Hinckley, United Kingdom
82
Brilliant
Can thoroughly recommend this trip. Thanks go to Stew the driver Chappie for his informative commentary
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peterbffm1
11
Wonderful experience
It was an amazing tour on our last day of our New Zealand holiday. New Zealand people have been so amazingly kind
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Alalldridge73
11
Fantastic Cruise
We had the pleasure of a dolphin cruise with Akaroa Dolphins and it was fantastic. Facilities, the boat, George
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ZacharyE2014
Scottsdale, Arizona
166
Our Favorite Excursion
Two adults and two teens ages 12 and 14. Boat clean and comfortable. Over the holidays so at capacity but did not
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Melwithdel
20
Brilliant experience!
Akaroa Dolphins are amazing! The staff are so accommodating, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly! Including
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PJ254
Curtin, Australia
70
Professional all the Way
We could not fault our experience, we got to see the dolphins, seals and penguins, as well as the lava extrusion
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Warren D
Brisbane, Australia
233
Great boat trip with heaps of Hector dolphins
We went at the end of December. This is a family run company and it shows. Attention to detail and very friendly
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