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Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises
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.
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Kas wrote a review May 2020
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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!!!!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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good4trav wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois68 contributions24 helpful votes
We highly recommend the wildlife and scenery cruise with John and Ollie. They operate a small (but very stable and comfortable) boat -- because it accommodates less passengers than the larger boats the experience is more personal and even more enjoyable. John's commentary and Ollie's wildlife spotting are first-rate, and they clearly take great pride in the beauty of the area. This was a great experience and a must-do in Akaroa.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Chris L wrote a review Feb 2020
13 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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CHRISTINE M wrote a review Jan 2020
Rockhampton, Australia28 contributions6 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Nick P wrote a review Jan 2020
Auckland, New Zealand11 contributions
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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