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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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An unforgettable experience

This was truly a tour we will never forget. We were incredibly lucky to get great conditions and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gareth C
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Afternoon cruise to see dolphins

Fantastic afternoon with great skipper, host and spotter dog. We saw penguins, dolphins and seals... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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“dolphin dog” (56 reviews)
“glass of wine” (69 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was truly a tour we will never forget. We were incredibly lucky to get great conditions and see several dolphin pods, seals, penguins and many of types of sea birds, but it was really the staff that made the experience. Bainzy, Desiree and of...More

Thank Gareth C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fantastic afternoon with great skipper, host and spotter dog. We saw penguins, dolphins and seals along with wonderful scenery and great commentary. This is a locally owned and operated vessel.

Thank Prue B
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks, Prue! Lovely hearing that you enjoyed your time with us.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I've been on multiple boat cruises around the world looking for animals at sea, and they are generally overbooked, boring and dull. But the Akaroa Dolphins cruise was amazing! Their team were absolutely amazing, from taking our booking, checking in on the day and again...More

Thank SarahBella1063
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah! Please come back and visit us again! We loved being able to share the harbour with you.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful coastline and wildlife trip. We were lucky to see a large pod of dolphins frolicking behind a fishing boat just outside the harbour, albatross, penguins and seals.Our hosts Desiree and Bainzy were terrific and the free drink and cookie was a bonus. Thanks for...More

Thank Judith A
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

You are more thank welcome, Judith! Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Well run, friendly crew; saw what we came to see the Hector Dolphins, Penguins, seals, seabirds. Had great weather we did the 10.15am cruise and we had booked a few days ahead. I would recommend booking this in advance so you don’t miss out. The...More

Thank Still49
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much! Loved hearing all your boxes were ticked 😊

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a very fun and exciting trip with a lovely and very friendly crew. We also got a free drink and a delicious cookie!

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

Thank you so much, Anne-Marie!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I had a really great experience with Akaroa Dolphins. Very nice staff and super cute dolphin spotting dog >< I have seen lots of adorable baby seals, dolphins and rarely-seen seabirds! The weather was a bit cold but they provided us with warm coats. Giant...More

Thank Y Nitchanan C
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your awesome feedback. We look forward to having you back onboard again soon.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Dolphins, Penguins, baby seals playing in rock pools, an albatross.... The joyous wildlife experience far exceeded my expectations. It was absolutely wonderful, all of it thanks to the fabulous crew and their excellent customer care: a free drink on arrival, a wealth of information, and...More

Thank juliazapatacurry
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wow! Thank you, Julia! Your review has just made our day. I also shared it will the rest of the team. How lucky are we to be able to share the harbour with lovely people like yourself!

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our trip out to sea & around the bay was experience we won’t forget for a long time. From “Buster the Dog” to our Captain Bainzy with his keenness to get as close as possible to sights & wildlife we had a great time. Desiree...More

Thank wanderingwedging
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

It was so lovely having you both onboard. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a GREAT experience dolphin watching on an especially cold day. We were provided extra coats and blankets by Desiree and we stayed plenty warm. The captain told us so many great facts about the area and was excellent in navigating...More

Thank Erin M
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Wonderful to hear, Erin! Thank you for sharing the love.

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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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Spartyxena
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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