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Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7540, New Zealand
+64 21 228 8091
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Highlight of our Trip Visiting Both Islands!

If you find yourself on the Southern Island near Christchurch, you will want to book a tour with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Northern Virginia, Virginia
Boat trip to view sea wildlife

Really enjoyed the trip. Did tour with people from the cruise ships. Tony engaged with everyone and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Raelene G
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Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local skipper, Tony, takes small groups to view the amazing wildlife,including penguins,dolphins, fur seals, and spectacular rock formations and sea caves.Terrific photo opportunities!
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  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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Hours Today: 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7540, New Zealand

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you find yourself on the Southern Island near Christchurch, you will want to book a tour with Tony. My family and I spent almost three weeks touring NZ in an RV over the before and after the Christmas and New Year holiday. We had...More

Thank Luces5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the trip. Did tour with people from the cruise ships. Tony engaged with everyone and ensured we got the best out of the trip. Saw albatross', penguins, seals and dolphins. Highly recommended.

Thank Raelene G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wanted to see the local wildlife and see it we did. Found Tony and the crew on the info board at the end of the pier when we got off our ship. The service and knowledge provided by Tony and co was brilliant and the...More

Thank Andrew N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was fantastic and just what we were looking for. Tony, his crew and Buddy the dog were very welcoming. The boat is a great size, definitely not overcrowded and is easy to move around. Plenty of viewing points inside and outside the boat,...More

Thank Renee1901
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

One of the best things we have done whilst in NZ. Akaroa is gorgeous for a start. It is up there along with Milford Sound and Cathedral Cove imho. Tony is a brilliant skipper; passionate about the area and the wildlife. We didn’t have to...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Great trip with Tony and crew saw amazing amount of dolphins. So good we went back in the afternoon. A must do trip

Thank Dundster366
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

Awesome time with a wonderful skipper with respect for nature and animals Great moment- unforgettable! Highly recommended Thanks a lot Tony A must-do (small group)

Thank France B
Reviewed 19 November 2017

The boat was soooo clean and the trip was sooo wonderful! We saw many many dolphins around our boat and show off! That was so amazing! And buddy is a very cute dog!

Thank ashleycD5992DB
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I had the pleasure of working with Tony for Coast up Close this past season, and after working for multiple different tourism companies I can say with confidence that working for Tony has been my favorite company I have ever worked for! Tony is a...More

Thank Megan S
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We recently enjoyed one of Tony's, Coast Up Close, wildlife tours while spending five days at Akaroa. We particularly appreciated his and his crew's warm welcome, and their personal approach to imparting intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the area to all on board. The...More

Thank 2bluetravellers
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30 July 2015|
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Response from awayagainBrisbaneQLD | Reviewed this property |
This question about room numbers does not relate to Coast Up Close cruises in Akaroa Harbour. This is a small ship that does fantastic day trips. 0 seconds ago