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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Enjoyable, interesting and professional

We thoroughly enjoyed this two hour cruise around the crater and were impressed by the... read more

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926PaulT
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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Akoroa Dolphins, Fantastic!

We had a great day! Our trip was in May 2018. The staff (Captain-Stew, and Katy with Buster the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jbus2
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San Diego, California
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Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife of Banks Peninsula aboard our stylish vessels; 'Into the Blue' and 'Akaroa Dolphin'. Highlights of our cruises include the rare Hector's dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, penguins, seabirds, spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. We give you an intimate and luxurious experience, starting with home baking and complimentary drinks, including local award-winning wine, beer and soft drink when you step aboard. Our 100% locally owned and operated team will show you the Peninsula like only a local can. Experience why we’re winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in New Zealand. Our track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience speaks for itself.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this two hour cruise around the crater and were impressed by the professionalism of the crew. They persevered in trying to ensure we saw the rare Hectors dolphins (which we did) as well as the penguins and seals. An excellent commentary explained...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks, Paul. We have such a wonderful team, they will be thrilled to hear your lovely feedback.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great day! Our trip was in May 2018. The staff (Captain-Stew, and Katy with Buster the dog) were very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. They really made you feel at home. The boat was the perfect size, small enough to allow everyone to...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience! We loved hearing you felt at home. Thank you for choosing to come with us.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our trip with Akaroa Dolphins was back in April 2018. The welcome from the staff was as warm as the day itself and was quickly followed by a glass or local wine...they know how to win me over for sure. George, our skipper for the...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! I just passed your lovely review onto George. What a treat seeing the Orca, hopefully you can come back again soon to spend more time with the Hector’s dolphins. Take care.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Akaroa Dolphins is a Kiwi and overseas tourist 'must do' attraction. Stunning wildlife, scenery and brilliant staff onboard including Buster the dolphin spotting Schnauzer who did a lot of 'knee-sitting' in-between his official duties! Very informative narrative by the skipper about the history of the...More

Thank hughespace
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Jennie! We loved having you onboard.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first time back to Akaroa in 15 years, and what a fabulous way to see the local wildlife and scenery! Mark and Desiree were the perfect hosts - incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and a real pleasure. A glass of award winning wine along with some...More

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks, Carley! What lovely feedback! It was wonderful being able to share the harbour with you.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Had a great time seeing dolphins, penguins, seal, and amazing scenery. The captain and crew were wonderful, Buster the dog too. Would highly recommend. Must do

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience 😊

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Had a great time seeing many dolphins, seals, penguins and the amazing scenery. Would highly recommend

Thank Nathan S
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much, Nathan!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding day out on Akaroa Harbour. A complimentary glass of wine on offer as I stepped aboard, superb hospitality, commentary spot-on, comfortable and spacious boat, luckily a clear day. Saw Hector’s dolphins, little blue penguins, seal pups and more.

Thank Claire R
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Yahh! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time with us, Claire. Do come back and visit us again soon. We loved having you on board.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip. Trip was exciting and beautiful. Dolphins everywhere. So playful! Seals, cormorants, amazing views. Mark and Aommy were wonderful hosts and guides, and Buster the world-famous dolphin spotter (professional) loved his pats when his duty was complete. The ship...More

Thank DATbh
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So lovely to hear you had an 'unforgettable experience'. It's reviews like this that makes our day :) Thank you for taking the time to write it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My second time on the cruise, returning after 6 years! I just loved it again. Scenery Nook was spectacular! Great wildlife this time also and fabulous hospitality. Thanks Desiree, Mark and Akaroa Dolphins!

Thank Hac42
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Holly! It was lovely having you back on board. The team will be thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time.

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lynn l
20 March 2018|
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Response from AkaroaDolphins | Property representative |
Hi Lyn, Thank you for your message. In our Winter months, we operate our 12.45pm cruise, weather and sea conditions dependent. July is definitely a cooler month but we can still have some nice calm days. If you would... More
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19 January 2017|
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Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. There are a few ways you can book directly with us, either by email, phone or website. Unfortunately I am unable to add our website or email address in this section. If you go to our... More
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pelicanron
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Hello! Thank you for your inquiry. Our office location is very close in relation to where you will come onto Akaroa wharf on your tender. Once you disembark from the tender, walk to the very end of the wharf where you... More
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