Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises
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Boat ToursEco ToursPrivate ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
BOAT TRIPS THAT SEEM LIKE PRIVATE TOURS - Avoid the crowds - 8 passengers max. sharing an adventure and friendly, conversational commentary with our family crew. Southern Wanderer is comfortable, safe & fast, allowing us to get down the harbour quickly to spend more time with the spectacular coastline and the wildlife of the marine reserve - and beyond when conditions allow. Encounter the unique range of native flora & fauna, from palm trees to penguins. SCHEDULED SCENIC NATURE CRUISES - Join one of our cruises in Southern Wanderer, departing from Akaroa's main wharf at 9:30am - to make the most of photo opportunities with early-morning light, often in the calmest conditions of the day on an uncrowded harbour - and at 12:00 midday, to link with bus & shuttle services from Christchurch. We also offer affordable rates for PERSONALISED PRIVATE CHARTERS with flexible departure times & durations, for small groups (1-8) of family, friends or colleagues who would prefer a trip to themselves.
Akaroa, New Zealand
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Chris L
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A two hour cruise on a small very stable boat with John and Ollie. Max of 8 people gave us a personalised tour of the area by water. We saw heaps of dolphins, penguins and birds. Both were very informative and safety conscious. We had a great morning on the water.
Written 19 February 2020
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TheJuJus
Sonoma County, CA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We thought long and hard about how we wanted to experience the beautiful marine wildlife area of Akoroa Bay in New Zealand. Before we booked the experience, we traveled to the bay to check out all the options. We went to the I Site office and asked many questions, wanting to pick a company that was local, ethical, experienced, good teachers and would give our time on the bay and in the ocean an authentic experience. Southern Wanderer fit the bit for what we were looking for, great a great value and just stole our hearts with their top notch experience and guidance.
Written 5 January 2023
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Linda W
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Our family of adults and young children enjoyed a fantastic scenic boat trip around Akaroa Harbour and adjoining bays. The boat was extremely comfortable, well equipped with a superb skipper and crew. They were very knowledgeable about the area, and we had the pleasure of seeing Hector dolphins, penguins, Cormorants, terns, Black backed Gulls and a Petrel. Safety was paramount throughout. Highly recommended!
Written 3 January 2020
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CHRISTINE M
Rockhampton, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I highly recommend the 2 hour nature wildlife cruise at Akaroa. The family run business does an excellent job and also has Air B & B accommodation as well. The boat can take 8 passengers and you can get up very close to the dolphins, seals and birds. I think it was one of the best cruises I have taken. Brilliant. it starts at 9 am or midday so that you see the wildlife at the best times. Highly recommended. Lovely people who run the cruise too.
Written 23 January 2020
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Anne
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We booked a 3 hour charter and it was incredible! John and Oli are very nice people and you feel they love what they do. We saw penguins, dolphins, seals and different birds. The explanations were very profound and our birthday child asked all kinds of questions which were answered with great patience. It was just great to experience the charter in this familiar atmosphere.
Written 10 January 2020
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Nick P
Auckland, New Zealand11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Forget the crowds and have the personal touch with these wonderful people who clearly love what they do. We saw heaps of the rare hector's dolphins, seals, penguins, giant stingray and more.
Great boat with reassuring safety briefing at the start.
John was particularly awesome with his team being enthusiastic and informative too.
Thanks for a memorable day!
Written 20 January 2020
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Kas
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Friends
John and Ollie were very welcoming and the boat cruise was informative and intimate. We had just entered level 2 (covid) and they were very good with precautions. They also were respectful for the wildlife, land and water. Its not guarantee’d but we saw a whale in the distance, a penguin, albatross and so many dolphins swimming along side our boat!!!!
Written 24 May 2020
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Katharina F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A nice sailing tour, very friendly crew and interesting wildlife.
The atmosphere on the boat was very relaxing as there were only 5 people on the boat plus crew.
Even though our charter was postponed for 1 hour it was definitely worth waiting for it.
I can definitely recommend it if you are looking for something not that touristy.
Written 6 November 2023
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Nicky C
Wellington17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Wonderful experience. Fantastic to have a small and personal tour. Knowledgeable guides. We saw dolphins, penguins and a huge amount of bird life and learned about the history of the area. Really great people with strong environment values. Tour felt really special.
Written 13 December 2022
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Kelly H
Auckland, New Zealand72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We had a beautiful time on the tour, great guides local family business, small numbers on the boat, making the experience very personally and very enjoyable. John is very knowledgeable and makes the trip very easy going and fun. Their son is obviously very experienced and comfortable on the water. I would highly recommend this tour to all who want to get out on the water and enjoy the wildlife to be seen.
Written 29 December 2019
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