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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7866
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Akaroa Dolphins

Couldn’t recommend this trip more - if you’re thinking about it, just do it! An absolutely stunning... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Demelza L
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Awesome trip

I have been there with my wife. Very nice and comfortable ship with warm welcome and sunny weather... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
shivendra2k
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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
LOCATION
65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7866
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Couldn’t recommend this trip more - if you’re thinking about it, just do it! An absolutely stunning day. Price was worth it for the scenery alone - and then we saw the dolphins! So many, it was amazing. Crew were fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Demelza L
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been there with my wife. Very nice and comfortable ship with warm welcome and sunny weather. We were able to see dolphins, seal and penguins along with most beautiful mountains and awesome guide. Dolphin buster dog was awesome in tracing dolphins in large...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Akaroa dolphin tour was an all around amazing experience. Stuart and Desiree were friendly and informative, and buster, their doggy friend, was a big help with finding dolphins. On our tour we saw probably 15 dolphins, fur seals, and a penguin, in addition to...More

Thank Manateegirl314
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks to Stewart, Desiree and Buster the dolphin finding dog for a once in a lifetime experience memories have been made

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

That is so wonderful to hear! Thank you, Tommy!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a cruise with Akaroa Dolphins today and had the best time! I am visiting Akaroa to visit a friend who lives here. We booked onto the 12.30 tour the same morning and were greeted by Desiree and Stew who were so welcoming and...More

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

Thanks, Anna! That is a really lovely review. Thank you also for sharing your gorgeous photos.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice time with Akaroa Dolphin. The staff we spoke with on the phone and email were great and gave us a discount for having a larger group. The gal who checked us in and was on the boat with us was so...More

1  Thank Leigh W
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Leigh for letting us know about your time onboard. I'm glad you had a good experience overall. We will have a chat with the team member about their initial welcome and see how this can be improved for next time. Take care.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have cruised with Akaroa Dolphins many times and will return many more times. The service is fantastic ,theres plenty of room on board and the staff were more than accommodating of our children making sure they had great views and felt comfortable. The kids...More

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

Thank you so much, Michelle. I showed Aommy your review and she said it made her day! We look forward to having you back onboard again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip with akaroa dolphins was absolutely fantastic. We saw dolphins, seals, penguins, birds and all sorts of things that we didn’t even expect to see. Cant recommend enough, staff were outstanding and Sidney the little dolphin dog was beautiful. Well done team keep up...More

Thank Katie M
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Katie, for recommending us! It's really wonderful to hear you had a fantastic time. Take care.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an awesome day with our skipper, Mark, who was as excited as we were to sight and watch as a pod of Humpback whales migrated within spotting distance of the boat. Adding to this the dolphins, mini penguins, Buster the dolphin dog, and lovely...More

Thank Kelly Fagan R
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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Kelly! What an added bonus seeing Humpbacks.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

the crew was excellent and specially was very entertaining I love Akoroa Dolphin cruise and will definitely recommend this

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

Thank you for recommending us!

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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
13 August 2015|
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Response from AkaroaDolphins | Property representative |
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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