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Akaroa, New Zealand
Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise

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Free cancellation
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
65 Beach Road , 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the departure, with boarding 15 minutes beforehand.

12:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise.

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  • "Make sure you include this tour in your itinerary when you visit this lovely place." See review
  • "Keep up the good work we will recommend to friends and family." See review

Reviews

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Love the moment! Feel the joy 😊
Maria_T
, Mar 2022
Kia ora! Beautiful weather, friendly service, lovely small crowd on board and excellent complimentary drink & cookie. We got to see dolphins, a Penguin soaking up the sun, some camouflaged Seals and Shags on the rocks. The boat is beautiful has a huge lounge area and the restroom was immaculant. Must do trip if you plan to visit Akaroa. Give Braillie the K9 a pat and he'll sight you the dolphins. Thank you for the excursion we thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Ngamihi nui - Maniapoto King Country.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
WOW! Reading your review just made our day! Thank you for choosing to come with us. We are so glad to hear you had a great time and enjoyed our complimentary drinks and grandma's cookies. Greatly appreciated. Ngā mihi nui - Akaroa Dolphins. :)
star-5
fun in the sun
kim_i
, Jan 2022
We where lucky - so many dolphins and seals - flat on crab and great hosts - especially the dog - thanks so much for an awesome afternoon
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience! It was a pleasure showing you our backyard.
star-5
Highly recommend this trip
Richard_L
, Dec 2021
Really friendly host’s went above and beyond to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves really knowledgeable about the area.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your lovely review and for coming out with us. It sounds like you had a great day! I will be sure to pass this on to the whole team.
star-5
Fabulous day out ,very...
merryn_t
, Nov 2021
Fabulous day out ,very friendly staff,loved seeing the dolphins ,penguins In natural habitat. Yummy chocolate chip cookies.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your lovely review and for coming out with us. It sounds like you had a great day! Yes, grandma's cookies are the best!
star-5
A Must Do Cruise
Sheryl_M
, 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!
star-4
Friendly and informative
Ian_M
, 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.
star-5
Awesome experience
Pam_C
, 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! :)
star-5
Amazing
Karl_T
, 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.
star-5
Incredible experience
Belinda_Mitchell
, 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.
star-5
friendly and inclusive
3355
, 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 :)

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