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Akaroa Dolphins

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Akaroa Dolphins
Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery through the long history of Akaroa harbour and its inhabitants. Our low-lying luxurious, spacious boat ensures you have a closer encounter with the rare Hector’s dolphins. We also endeavour to give you the best possible viewing of our local New Zealand fur seals, penguins and seabirds. Along the way, you will get to see sea caves and other spectacular volcanic formations too. We offer a friendly and comfortable experience that includes complimentary drinks of local award-winning wine, beer or juice, as well as some delicious home baking. Our 100% locally owned and operated business is committed to raising awareness and protecting the marine environment. That is why a portion of your fare goes towards protecting our wildlife. To find out more about our conservation commits please visit our website. Please note, we do not swim with the dolphins. We require vaccine passes at check-in.
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Spot Akaroa Harbour’s rare Hector’s dolphins on a catamaran wildlife cruise that includes fresh-baked cookies and a drink. The 2-hull catamaran offers more stability and deck space than a single-hull boat, ensuring a comfortable spot as you scan for fur seals, white-flippered penguins, and other wildlife.Trained, dolphin-spotting dogs are on board for the best possible chance of encountering dolphins.
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Michelle M wrote a review 11 May
Cocoa, Florida43 contributions29 helpful votes
Great atmosphere, commentary on history. Comfortable boat. Great experience all round with a bonus of a gorgeous day and sightings of multiple dolphins, penguins and seals. Thank you for a great day, HIGHLY recommend.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you, Michelle!
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Valerie Tan wrote a review 6 May
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Saw dolphins and penguins and seals and a by humpback so 5 stars all round! Wonderful service and great staff
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 6 days ago
Yahhh what a treat seeing a humpback! Thank you for sharing your experience.
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Peachy wrote a review 4 May
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This was a return trip for us having done a similar trip in 1988. The trip is comfortable and very well commentated - you get a really good overview of local history and insight into the town and harbour. We took my elderly parents (80+) and they had a ball. The dolphins were amazing. Highly recommend the trip.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you so much for your lovely review and for coming out with us! It's so great hearing you and your parents had a magical time!
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joronz wrote a review Apr 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Great trip. Lovely friendly staff. A delicious glass of wine and informative interesting 2 hour trip. Would recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your lovely review and for recommending us! We really appreciate it!
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John D wrote a review Apr 2022
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Watching the dolphins playing and the seals sunbathing. Friendly dog too. The complimentary wine and homemade biscuit were nice as well.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your lovely review! We loved having you on board.
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