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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching provided by Akaroa Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching
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from $92.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
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
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. Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure, with check-in 30 minutes before this time. Please note, we do not swim with the dolphins on our tours.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 173250P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
A complimentary glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic option • One of our famous home-baked cookies
Exclusions
We do not swim with the dolphins on our tours.
Duration
2h
Departure details
65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure, with check-in 30 minutes before this time.
Inclusions
A complimentary glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic option • One of our famous home-baked cookies
Exclusions
We do not swim with the dolphins on our tours.
Departure details
65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure, with check-in 30 minutes before this time.
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
We do not swim with the dolphins
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 35 travellers
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petelourider
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
Dolphin watching
May 2021 • Couples
A fabulous experience- Stu gave a very informative commentary & Hannah was very helpful. A really enjoyable experience watching the dolphins swimming around the boat -& seals frolicking in the rock pools.
Loved every minute
Louise & Peter
Written 9 May 2021
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Boobaby62
Christchurch, New Zealand42 contributions
Akaroa Dolphins Galore
May 2021 • Couples
Great time with Akaroa Dolphins. Family owned and operated. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We saw dolphins, seals, shags, cornets, marine sanctuary, salmon and green lipped mussel and pearl form, and penguins on the way back into the harbour. Their dog, Albie was on the look out and could hear the dolphins. We were served hot/cold drinks and home baked biscuits.

Great time. We recommend.
Written 7 May 2021
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AkaroaDolphins
Thank you for your lovely review and for recommending us. We really appreciate your kind words and hearing you enjoyed your time onboard with us. We will be sure to pass your review to the rest of the team.
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Susan L
Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions
Dolphins with Buster
May 2021 • Couples
Must do experience in Akaroa is a cruise on the harbour. We chose Akaroa Dolphins because it is a local family owned business and for their dolphin spotting dogs! The weather was perfect and we saw everything promised (but not guaranteed). Hector's dolphins played around the boat, the fur seal pups waved to us and we even saw the rare white flipper penguins. The commentary was excellent and we learnt a lot about the volcanic crater and rock formations. But best of all was Buster the mini schnauzer who truly does spot dolphins.
Written 7 May 2021
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AkaroaDolphins
Wow, thank you for choosing to come with us, and this glowing review. It made our day! It is wonderful to hear you had a great time and enjoyed everything on board. I will pass this onto the whole team at Akaroa Dolphins. :)
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GregL
Auckland Central, New Zealand73 contributions
Awesome Trip
May 2021 • Couples
What a fantastic trip we both had, Great Boat ,Fantastic Crew , Thanks George,Natalie,And of Course Buster,This trip is the most informative,And Amazing scenery,And of Course the Hectors Dolphins the Highlight,This Fantastic Family run Operation is the Truly the Best in Akaroa,Highly Recommended ,Thanks Akaroa Dolphins,We Will be spreading the word far and Wide👍👍🐬🐬
Written 5 May 2021
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AkaroaDolphins
Thank you for your kind words and for cruising with us! Sounds you had a great day on our cruise. We will be sure to pass on your lovely review to George, Natalie and will give Buster "a good job" pat from you. They are a super star team, aren't they!
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Janet C
Waipawa, New Zealand4 contributions
Natures Dolphins
Apr 2021
Saw lots of Hector Dolphins and Orca whales. Also little blue penguins. Superb. A magnificent day with very friendly family service on a top class vessel.
Written 25 April 2021
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AkaroaDolphins
Amazing! Thank you so much for your lovely review and for coming out with us. What a special day that you saw Orca. Lucky you!
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NatalieC
2 contributions
Highlight of our trip
Apr 2021 • Family
Amazing experience. Highlight of our trip. Our kids loved it. We got great photos...dolphins, penguins, seals, birds... really friendly George, Natalie & Buster the dog were great
Written 23 April 2021
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We loved hearing your kids had a great time too.
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Neil B
Auckland, New Zealand996 contributions
Must do - Fantastic
Apr 2021 • Couples
Great tour out on the harbour. Family owned and operated business, with a really friendly vibe as soon as you step on board.

Insightful commentary about the wildlife and local history, drawing on six generations of family experience in the locality.

We were lucky enough to see many Hectors dolphins and orcas on a stunning Akaroa day.

Ps. Buster, the dolphin spotting dog, was very cute!
Written 22 April 2021
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AkaroaDolphins
WOW! It is amazing that you saw a pod of Orcas, we don't see them very often. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos and choosing to cruise with us. I can't wait to pass on your lovely review to George, Natalie, and the rest of the team, as it will make everyone's day! :)
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Sheridan2808
Auckland, New Zealand124 contributions
A five star experience in every respect.
Apr 2021
We had an absolutely amazing day out with Akaroa Dolphins on April 22nd. The boat is very comfortable and has great viewing from every angle. The trip is DEFINITELY value for money. We saw loads of dolphins and they came right up by the boat. The driver is very respectful but also helps you spot them. We were incredibly lucky to also go down the coast to see some Orca - simply breathtaking. They gave us a drink on the way out and a cookie on the way back - such a lovely touch (I had the wine at 10am.) The crew were so friendly and natural, it really was one of the best days I've had in a very long time. I can't recommend Akaroa Dolphins enough. It's a must do experience.
Written 22 April 2021
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AMAZING! Thank you for your kind words and for supporting our family-run business! We really appreciate it. We will share your lovely review with George and Natalie - they will be super thrilled.
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Taimoana B
2 contributions
It was cool
Apr 2021 • Friends
It was mean as we seen some orcas which made it gangsta we seen a lot of dolphins which was exciting
Written 21 April 2021
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Awesome! Thank you so much for your excellent review. Your support means the world!
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joanne w
Whanganui, New Zealand53 contributions
I would do this trip again in a heartbeat.
Apr 2021
After looking back on my 2 week holiday in the south island this April I am going to pick this boat trip as the highlight for me. It even bet out the transalpine train trip. We were lucky with good weather and only about a dozen people onboard so plenty of room to spread out and move about on the boat. The captain and crew - both 2 legged and 4 legged were friendly and informative. The dolphin dog, Buster I think was his name was more than happy to spread the love and nobody felt left out of his affections. We got to see dolphins about 3 or 4 times on the trip plus seals and their cubs in a water pool nursery along with penguins and great scenery. I would highly recommend this as a must do trip while in Akaroa. You will be so pleased you did it.
Written 18 April 2021
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WOW! Reading your review just made our day! We loved being able to show you our little piece of paradise. Buster sure is a superstar dolphin spotting dog! Thank you for recommending us :)
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By: Akaroa Dolphins
mlj001122
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Dolphins, penguins, seals and much more!!
The nature cruise was a two hour experience led by knowledgable and friendly staff. The wildlife was varied and we
AmandaG570
AmandaG570
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Brilliant
Fantastic trip! 3 generations of the family, and we all enjoyed it. We saw shag, petrel, penguins, dolphins and sea
kirsten_alastair
kirsten_alastair
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Such a special experience
What a great experience to have as a family. We saw about five different pods of Hector’s dolphins and fur seals as
Herbie886
Herbie886
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Hectors Dolphins spotted by Albie the Irish setter
Awesome trip with family owned and operated business Great morning out viewing Hectors Dolphins Great new purpose
sneezydownunder
sneezydownunder
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Amazing
Great service and fantastic communication throughout the easy booking process. From someone that gets severe seasic
shevy_88
shevy_88
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Breathtaking
Every part of this adventure was incredible! The staff were so great and entertaining, with making you feel very co
David-L-J-Seed
David-L-J-Seed
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Must do
We will be back to do this trip again. Very informative from history to current property values to wildlife
Gregonz
Gregonz
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Great experience...
Very well run tour, with a great friendly atmosphere. Boat was excellent for the cruise, and the super friendly dog
J_M30a
J_M30a
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A great couple of hours on the water
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We struck a lovely, fine day and the water was smooth. This is advertised as being
901caza
901caza
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Awesome afternoon and fabulous experience
We spent two hours on board the boat with George (skipper) and Buster the dolphin dog. We had an amazing time and
MonMuir
MonMuir
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Local guide, great wildlife spotting
Excellent trip where we saw Hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals, giant petrels, plenty of other seabirds and even an alb
Thelongones
Thelongones
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Beautiful boat
The boat for this trip is new and very comfortable. Homemade cookies and a refreshing drink made the trip a very en
travelerwannabee20
travelerwannabee20
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Great adventure
OMG! What an experience! Hector Dolphins, seal pups and penguins! Plus a great family run business, doesn't get
lolablack2
lolablack2
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Aka-Do!!!
Fantastic family-run tour which even includes complimentary drinks and cookies made by grandma - and a dolphin-hun
BrisChic
BrisChic
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Gorgeous tour, wonderful experience
This was a very relaxed, informative and enjoyable tour. The boat is slick and new and very stable. First Mate Albi
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