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Akaroa Dolphins

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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of...

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 vessel, 'Into the Blue'. Highlights of our cruises include the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins, sea birds, spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. We give you an intimate and luxurious experience, starting with home-baking and complimentary drinks, including award winning wine and beer, when you step aboard.

Our 100% locally owned and operated team will show you the Peninsula like only a local can. See 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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Fun time on the water in Akaroa

We got lucky with beautiful weather for mid-April in Akaroa. Also lucky to see lots of wildlife including Hector's dolphins and blue penguins, as well as numerous birds. The... read more

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Buellton, California
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10 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We got lucky with beautiful weather for mid-April in Akaroa. Also lucky to see lots of wildlife including Hector's dolphins and blue penguins, as well as numerous birds. The skipper and his aide were excellent guides and sailors. The boat is great too, affording the option of being inside or outside, or of moving around. Best views of wildlife were... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can only reiterate what others have already said. fantastic! a very personal experience - highlights = the wee Schnauser, easily heard narration by Captain Stew, excellent hostess service from Katy, oh and a glass of wine on the way out and a cookie on the way back . the scenery was pretty good too and plenty of dolphins, seals... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Recommended to anyone! We are a kiwi couple from the South Island, this was the highlight of our trip away. We loved the beautiful scenery, the boat was clean and well looked after and the crew (mark and D) went well beyond the expectations! They were kind and interested in each and every customer, not just us! They made time... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

WOW! Thank you for this amazing review and recommending us. We are really passionate about what we do so to receive this feedback is wonderful. I will pass your kind words onto Mark and Desiree. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great boat trip on a beautiful calm autumn day. Saw heaps of dolphins, penguins and seals. The scenery was spectacular and the hosts, including buster, very knowledgeable and welcoming.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We really value your feedback and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

UK
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Taking a trip out with Akaroa Dolphins is a must do on our visits to Akaroa. Whilst the town itself is lovely, there's so much more out on the water too. The trip starts from the main wharf, where access to the boat is easy (it's been built so that the step down onto the boat is minimal) and moves... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your cruise. Thank you for taking the time to write this comprehensive review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. From all team at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this two hour trip. The commentary was excellent and you can tell that the operators (who contribute a portion of every fare to a conservation fund) are totally committed to the preservation of the wildlife and habitats. We saw penguins, seals and Hector's dolphins. Buster the dolphin detecting dog was friendly and so cute in his little hi-vis... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It is so wonderful to hear you enjoyed your cruise. We are so lucky to have such a passionate and caring team. I have let Katy know she did a wonderful job. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster. More 

London, United Kingdom
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232 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great boat, knowledgable friendly staff and a chance to see rare Hector's dolphins. Free drink and cookie too! Highly recommended.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience and the gorgeous photos. It was such a pleasure to take you on our tour. Thank you from the team here at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Queanbeyan, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The sun was shining and it was a great day for a cruise. Mark, Natalie and Sidney were welcoming and provided us with lots of information on the way. We saw seals, penguins and the highlight was the Dolphins. It was really good.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for supporting our family and locally owned business. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed yourself. I will pass on your kind words to Mark and Nat. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including Sidney. More 

Chobham, Surrey
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Kaikoura was our first choice for a boat trip but after this became impossible we looked elsewhere and chose Akaroa. This was an excellent choice as our trip with Akaroa Dolphins turned out to be the best trip of many that we did in our three weeks in NZ. We were very well looked after and were blessed with a... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear that our cruise was a highlight of your trip to New Zealand. Thank you for recommending us we really appreciate it. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! Mark and Natalie did such a great job making us feel right at home, refreshments, jackets if cold, engaging conversation....Outstanding job finding penguins, seals and of course lots of dolphins. I prefer small and personal, I am sure the larger operations are good but for me it is the personal touch, not just being a number.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience and taking the time to write this review. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful and caring team, I will pass your message on to Mark and Nat. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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