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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7866
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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 can 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. Check out our website to learn how to join us on an unforgettable cruise.

Summer cruise times are at 10.15am, 12.45pm and 3.15pm. Winter cruise time is 12.45pm. Boarding is 15 minutes prior.

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Very Nice trip on the sea, in fact it was the Ocean. WE saw slot of fur seals also young ones. And on the way back some 10 to 15 black fin dolphins. They swam with the boat for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very Nice trip on the sea, in fact it was the Ocean. WE saw slot of fur seals also young ones. And on the way back some 10 to 15 black fin dolphins. They swam with the boat for about 20 minutes, jumping in front of the boat etc. The captain know a lot about the animals and the birds

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Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took the tour to hopefully see Hector dolphins and penguins. Nothing is promised, but soon we were seeing dolphins. These ones weren't playing around the boat as much as feeding, so they popped up randomly. Then we saw one blue penguin in the water. This time of year is past breeding and going into the moult, so chances are less... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very descriptive review of your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. We are very fortunate to have the Hector's Dolphin and other varieties of marine wildlife in our Harbour. Many thanks for writing this review. From the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Happy to support the many other AD customers who speak so highly of this team - Bainzy, Desiree and Buster. We sailed on a perfect harbour on Boxing Day (sorry to be be tardy) with half or less capacity. Most others seemed to be passengers from the moored cruise ship. Organization, hospitality, safety, comfort and commentary all showed a fine-tuned... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your 5 star rating and kind words. Akaroa Dolphins is very proud to receive a glowing review and I have passed on your wonderful comments to Desiree and Bainzy. Many thanks From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin dogs. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic tour. We were greeted by Desiree who is so kind and informative. There are 3 crew members one of which, George, who is a 6th generation from the original french settlers and of course Buster the dolphin seeking dog. Not only do you have the opportunity to see fantastic animals, you are given a great history... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your brilliant review. It certainly is very descriptive and informative. Akaroa Dolphins truly value your comments and we are so proud of being locally owned and operated. Many thanks for your wonderful recommendation. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fabulous people who were friendly, informative, helpful and knowledgable. We had cancelled our trip out because of terrible weather with high winds and rough seas but when it suddenly calmed down Akaroa Dolphins fitted us into a trip at short notice. The boat was well fitted out and well run. Not crowded. Drink of wine included. The tour commentary was... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

How wonderful to receive such a glowing review and we are delighted we were able to take you out on the cruise at short notice with the team at Akaroa Dolphins. Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From the modern, clean boat, via the spectacular scenery and wildlife, to the knowledgable and friendly team on board ... this was one of the best tours I've ever experienced. A small group ensured perfect views and free movement on board. There were many small touches that many other tours miss. 5 Stars!

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on our Akaroa Dolphins Cruise. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour on our luxurious catamaran. Our company is very proud of being 100% locally owned and operated and offering a more personal experience. Many thanks for your brilliant review and 5 Stars. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Bingley, West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had an amazing time on the Akaroa Dolphins tour of the harbour on Wednesday. Bainzy and Desiree were fabulous hosts and Buster the dolphin dog was super cute. There were only a handful of us on the trip which made for an extremely comfortable trip with great views of Hectors Dolphins, little blue penguins and sea lions. The landscape... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your amazing and complimentary review about your experience with Akaroa Dolphins. To read such reviews always brings smiles to the team. Many thanks for your great recommendation and we hope to see you again in Akaroa. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including the Dolphin Dogs More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a smaller but very well equipped boat with friendly staff, including the skipper's dog who can alert sightseers to the presence of the little Hector's Dolphins, which were found for us on a number of occasions during the cruise, as well as seals and a visit to a salmon farm - great value, plus there is a fish... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of your cruise with us. It’s always wonderful to hear such positive comments about Akaroa Dolphins. We are delighted you thought it was great value. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really friendly crew, great local knowledge, very good value for money, perfect size boat and number of passengers - everyone had a great view without jostling for a position (even the kids). The captain was great respected the dolphins space, but positioned the boat so everyone on board had the best view possible. We spotted many of the beautiful little... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very descriptive review and kind words, it is very much appreciated. We are so pleased to hear you had a great time. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went recently on the 3.15pm trip into Akaroa Harbour. All well organised, very pleasant staff - friendly and welcoming in the booking shop and on board. Skipper gave an excellent commentary and we were extremely lucky to see lots of the rare Hector's Dolphins plus other sea life, close up. Add to that a nice glass of a delicious Sauvignon... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Our team at Akaroa Dolphins truly value your feedback and are so proud to receive your wonderful comments. Many thanks. From our team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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