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Akaroa Dolphins

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Akaroa Dolphins
Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery through the long history of Akaroa harbour and its inhabitants. Our low-lying luxurious, spacious boat ensures you have a closer encounter with the rare Hector’s dolphins. We also endeavour to give you the best possible viewing of our local New Zealand fur seals, penguins and seabirds. Along the way, you will get to see sea caves and other spectacular volcanic formations too. We offer a friendly and comfortable experience that includes complimentary drinks of local award-winning wine, beer or juice, as well as some delicious home baking. Our 100% locally owned and operated business is committed to raising awareness and protecting the marine environment. That is why a portion of your fare goes towards protecting our wildlife. To find out more about our conservation commits please visit our website. Please note, we do not swim with the dolphins.
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Spot Akaroa Harbour’s rare Hector’s dolphins on a catamaran wildlife cruise that includes fresh-baked cookies and a drink. The 2-hull catamaran offers more stability and deck space than a single-hull boat, ensuring a comfortable spot as you scan for fur seals, white-flippered penguins, and other wildlife.Trained, dolphin-spotting dogs are on board for the best possible chance of encountering dolphins.
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michele c wrote a review Yesterday
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had excellent trip out with George and Aommy and the fantastic dolphin spotting dog Albie...brillant weather ,saw dolphins, penguins,seals and birds. the rock formation were fantastic. The crew were so Knowledgeable, the home made cookies were so yummy. Was a great way to end our2 week trip to NZ....hope everyone takes advantage of the travel bubble between Aus and NZ.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Anstruthergirl wrote a review 12 May
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Absolutely brilliant cruise. I had both a wonderful time and learned so much from George and crew! I really wanted to see seals, and was delighted to see many as well as some babies playing in a rock pool. The commentary was very knowledgeable and informative and the tour was enhanced by it. The fresh treats of home made biscuits and juice were a lovely touch. The boat looks very new, is spotless and well maintained. I am prone to seasickness, but George’s steady hand ensured a smooth trip. One of my highest recommendations for this crew!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is wonderful to hear you had a great time and enjoyed our complimentary drinks and homemade cookies that we offered. The NZ seal pups are so adorable, aren't they! I will pass this onto George and the whole team as it will be a great way to start the day. Thank you for visiting Akaroa and recommending us!
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carla_NZ wrote a review 10 May
Timaru, New Zealand74 contributions34 helpful votes
We had an amazing trip with George, Aommy and Albie. The kids absolutely loved seeing the dolphins, penguins, seals and sea birds. George gave us a really interesting commentary of the geology and history of the area too. Aommy was super helpful and Albie the dog was definitely a highlight for the kids. A perfect family trip - highly recommended.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you for your lovely words and your beautiful photo of your kids and Albie. It was a pleasure having your family on board. George & Aommy will be so thrilled to hear you had an amazing time out with them. We will give Albie "a good job" cuddle from your kids :) Thank you for recommending us
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Jacqui M wrote a review 10 May
Whanganui, New Zealand2 contributions
A delightful cruise over misty water to view fascinating geological features and seals frolicking in pools. We sighted a few dolphins but they were busy feeding not playing. I managed to photograph one just below the water and also caught a couple of flippers poking out.
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you so much for your lovely review and for coming out with us! It was a pleasure being able to show you our backyard. We would happily welcome you back anytime! Thank you from the team at Akaroa Dolphins :)
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Elina wrote a review 9 May
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A great trip that exceeded all our expectations! We watched dolphins, penguins, seals and seabirds. An added bonus were the geological wonders we saw while cruising by volcanic craters. Informative, fun and Albie the dog was gorgeous. Highly recommend this local family business. 🐬
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 3 days ago
WOW! Unforgettable! Thank you so much for your lovely words and for coming out with us. We are glad to hear you had a great day with our skipper and saw everything in Akaroa Harbour. I agree, Albie is sure a superstar! Thank you again for recommending us
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