Coast Up Close
Coast Up Close
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Boat ToursFishing Charters & ToursSightseeing 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
Join us for a wildlife tour that explores the spectacular volcanic coastline and abundant wildlife of Banks Peninsula and Akaroa. Our wildlife tour numbers are kept limited, offering you a small and intimate tour that will take you where others can’t, with amazing views of New Zealand’s wildlife. Our friendly and knowledgeable crew love meeting and talking with our guests and Scruffy, our friendly boat dog, joins us on afternoon trips! Tony, a real Kiwi, has been exploring the waters around the Peninsula since the 1960s. He’ll entertain you with his the stories of his adventures and share his enthusiasm for this wonderful environment and stunning wildlife. Our characterful and comfortable boat - Wairiri, is a 41-foot Kauri Launch built in 1964.
Akaroa, New Zealand
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John H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Saw more than 10 dolphins on the tour, and many followed along in sync with the boat, including a mom and baby. Also saw a group of seals and a penguin. Amazing experience.
Written 2 March 2024
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Allie J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Without doubt, you will love the Family atmosphere aboard Tony’s boat, bring your lunch there is a table to sit at if you want a break. Tony is a mind of information and as someone who has lived 1hr30 from this stretch of coastline for over 30 years, I was humbled to have overlooked so much beauty previously.
I’d choose Tony over the bigger impersonal cruiser. The boat is a lovely smooth and quiet ride with a wonderful safe feeling about her, and stops regularly to respect the dolphins etc.
Written 24 February 2024
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Hi Allie Thank you for choosing Coast up Close and your 5 star review. It sure is beautiful out there and we love sharing it with our guests. Join us again soon and we can show you more of it. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 26 February 2024
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Explore817594
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A great tour in a magnificant scenery. We've seen dolphins, pinguins as well seals. I recommend this tour to anybody who likes to go out by a small company.
Written 1 February 2024
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Hi Thank you so much for coming with us and recommending our tour. We hope your travels are going well. Take care. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 8 February 2024
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Jens-Martin B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Excellent tour. Not like some of the other boats that seem to chase the dolphins. However we saw dolphins several times. They seem to like this boat and swim along. Also we saw a penguin and seals and beautiful cliffs. Loved our hosts.
Written 30 January 2024
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Hi Jens Thank you for joining our cruise and taking time to review. There is much to see out there and we are very happy you enjoyed it. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 8 February 2024
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Journey38225612519
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This wildlife tour was amazing. The hosts Tony and Mafi were great and had plenty of knowledge and stories. We got see lots of dolphins, seals and a little blue penguin. Being on the smaller boat was great as it didn’t scare the animals and allowed them to come to us. Overall an amazing and must do experience and we would do it again in a heartbeat!
Written 28 January 2024
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Hi Thank you for choosing Coast Up Close and this fabulous 5 star review. Enjoy your travels. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 8 February 2024
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Pippa B
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Forget going with the “corporate” crowd. Mafi and Tony will give you a personalise experience that will last a life time. Local knowledge, history together with a love of this stunning harbour and the environment made my day.
Thank you . Spotting those hector dolphins was truely special 🐬🐬🐬
Pippa Brown - (Bay of Islands NZ)
Written 23 January 2024
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Hi Pippa Thank you for joining our cruise and this wonderful review. We are stoked to know you enjoyed your time with us. Take care. Tony and Mafi
Written 28 January 2024
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Emma H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
People were lovely. I’ve been out in the harbour on trips before, and this was the best. Personable hosts and not packed to the brim. Very lovely and relaxing.
Written 12 January 2024
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Hi Thank you for choosing Coast up Close this time and this fab review. We are happy you enjoyed your trip. Have a fab 2024. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 14 January 2024
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Odyssey62827644385
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Fabulous cruise, saw many dolphins and knowledgeable and friendly crew. Great value for money. Highly recommend this wildlife cruise.
Written 11 January 2024
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Hi Thanks for joining our cruise and recommending it. Have a fab 2024. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 14 January 2024
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Freedom03454825371
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
So good being on a single hull as we could get into places the bigger boats couldn’t, the other advantage was fewer people on board and a more intimate tour. Tony and the crew were so knowledgeable and due to the small group size would speak directly to us rather than use a PA. Saw plenty of Dolphins and Seals and as a bonus 2 little penguins. Very pleased with our decision to choose this tour.
Written 7 January 2024
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Hi thank you for choosing Coast up Close and this 5 star review. We are very happy you enjoyed your trip with us. Have a great 2024. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 14 January 2024
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trucstop
trucstop15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Saw lots of dolphins and seals, and the guides were great. Small boat and intimate group -- much better than the other options in the town.
Written 27 December 2023
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Hi Thank you for choosing Coast up Close and giving us 5 stars. Have a great 2024. Cheers, Tony and Mafi
Written 27 December 2023
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