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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

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Akaroa, New Zealand
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Dolphin Watching

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


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.
  • Wildlife harbor cruise in a roomy catamaran
  • Enjoy an included New Zealand beer, wine, or a non-alcoholic drink
  • Provided home-baked cookies are from a family recipe
  • See the scenic coastline from the water
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A complimentary glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic option
One of our famous home-baked cookies
We do not swim with the dolphins on our tours.

Departure Point

65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure, with check-in 30 minutes before this time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • We do not swim with the dolphins
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Akaroa Dolphins
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Make sure you include this tour in your itinerary when you visit this lovely place." See review
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979 Reviews
3 stars

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A Must Do Cruise
, Oct 2021
The skipper, hostess and boat were amazing. We received a really informative commentary and they went out if their way to ensure everyone had an amazing experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your lovely review and for coming out with us! We are so glad to hear you had a great time!
Friendly and informative
, Jul 2021
Friendly crew who did their very best to look after us and for us to get the most out of the 2 hours. Excellent commentary.
Awesome experience
, Apr 2021
Wow - awesome experience. Tour guide had extensive knowledge of both history and sights. Saw lots of dolphins and even a little blue penguin. Thanks. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Lovely review! Sounds like you had a great time and saw everything here. Thank you so much for coming out and recommending, it means a lot! :)
, Feb 2021
To see the hector dolphins was just amazing.i could not wipe the smile off my face.. To see such natural beauty in such a stunning wee place of akaroa.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much, Karl! It is wonderful to hear you had a great time.
Incredible experience
, Nov 2020
I made a booking the night before I was heading to Akaroa from Christchurch. One of the best decisions I made. It was amazing. They're beautiful creatures. I would encourage anyone to go on this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Wow, reading your review just made our day! Thank you for your wonderful feedback and for coming out with us. We loved being able to show you our little piece of paradise.
friendly and inclusive
, Jun 2020
It was winter and pretty rough in between the heads, so the dolphins weren't so easy to find, but we did see quite a few. And all the other bits of Akaroa nature were also shown and explained and the captain of the boat (Stew) was VERY nice. All in all a good experience
icon Response from Host , Jun 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! We will be sure to let Stew know you had a great time and saw the beautiful Hector's dolphins with him. We hope you can join us again in the future. Please take care :)
Enjoyable trip
, Apr 2020
We really enjoyed the trip. Crew were friendly and we saw lots of dolphins seals and a couple of small penguins
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Thank you so much for coming out with us. What a lovely review! Please take care -From the team at Akaroa Dolphins :)
See marine wildlife up close
, Mar 2020
We had a totally wonderful time on this trip! We saw dolphins, seals and penguins right up close in a picturesque setting on a spectacular sunny day. A great family owned and operated business. Highly recommend this trip
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful time on board with us and that you saw everything our beautiful nature and wildlife has to offer. Thank you so much for recommending our little family-owned business. :)
Breezy, but good dolphin viewing.
, Feb 2020
A good experience. The day was a bit breezy, but we saw everything as advertised. The crew were informative about all the wildlife we saw, and friendly. The Hector's dolphins were a delight, swimming around the boat with some lucky (if cold) snorkellers from another boat getting to see them even closer.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
It's so wonderful having you onboard. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and we are happy to hear you had a good experience with us even a bit breezy day! Our Hector's dolphins are amazing, aren't they?
Great tour
, Feb 2020
Awesome! We had a great time and would highly recommend this tour for any one. We saw Hector dolphins, seals, penguins. George did a great job telling history and geology of the area. Family owned by a family that has lived in the area for generations.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Awesome, it sounds like you saw everything! We're glad you had a great time with our skipper George!It will make his day! Thank you for the high recommendation, it means much to our little family-owned business.

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