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A harbour of creativity, Akaroa harbour is the perfect place to sail, power or paddle-based activities.

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Special
$230 FAMILY PASS
 
Akaroa Dolphins $230 Family Pass

Valid for 2 Adults and 2 Children (aged 0~15 years):  $230*. A saving of $68. Offer valid for cruises before the 24th of December 2022. To book this special deal visit www.akaroadolphins.co.nz/book-now/ If you have a bigger family/whānau, please get in contact by either calling +6433047866 or emailing us today at cruise@akaroadolphins.co.nz so, we can tailor a Family Pass for you.

To book this special deal, please call +64 3 304 7866 or email us at cruise@akaroadolphins.co.nz

Akaroa Dolphins is an award-winning tourist attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand. Join us on our luxury boat where you will enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour and meet the world's smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, as well as New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins and an array of seabirds, all while taking in the spectacular scenery. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. From our check-in team to our skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

Akaroa Dolphins - A little bit about us

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Winter Hours

Akaroa Dolphins ticketing office is open every day over the Winter period from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Our friendly team will be answering phone calls out of these hours.

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Black Cat Cruises, Swimming With Dolphins

Black Cat Cruises Swimming With Dolphins experience is New Zealand’s original dolphin swimming encounter. There fantastic team are highly experienced and this eco-tour has been listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten marine mammal activities in the world, as well as being voted the number 1 bucket list activity in New Zealand by travellers.

Hector’s dolphins are only found here in New Zealand, and they are the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. We only allow a maximum of 12 swimmers per trip to ensure you have a personalised experience and up close encounter.

We see Hector’s dolphins on 98% of their trips. Due to the high success rate they offer a two tier ‘dolphin guarantee’ policy. As a leading eco-tourism operator we interact with these on their terms. We also advocate, educate, support and fund research into the Hector’s dolphins so by choosing to come out with us you are helping to support and protect these wonderful marine mammals.

Recognised as New Zealand’s first true eco-tourism operator, they are also the only operator in Akaroa who are awarded with the industry Qualmark Gold certificate. Please say this instead of the final sentence of being a finalist.  


Pre-booking is highly recommended. 

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Akaroa's Fox II

Sail with dophins, see wildlife. Akaroa harbour up close on New Zealand's oldest ketch Fox II. Learn about local history & help crew if you want. With 2 wooden masts and 6 sails there is always a halyard to hoist or a sheet to be pulled. 3 hour tour with historic narration, complementary fresh brewed coffee, tea, homemade hot chocolate and biscuits. The only boat in Akaroa with dolphin guarantee! You will see dolphins, penguins and seals (sometimes albatross), visit Cathedral Cave, see a waterfall and giant cliffs.

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Akaroa's best value at $90pp ($45 per child). Seniors get a $10 discount and under 5 are free.
Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm.

The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour.

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Pohatu Penguins Sea-Kayaking Safari

Explore the towering volcanic cliffs, reefs and sea caves of Pohatu marine reserve en encounter its unique wildlife.

You will be taken on a wildlife adventure to find various seabirds, see curious New Zealand fur seals with pups playing in rock pools, Little penguins and possibly even spot the world's smallest dolphin gliding under your kayak.

There is much to see and explore under the guidance of our experienced knowledgeable guides.

Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep-sea caves.

Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!

Best of all, no experience necessary! Trips are only run in settled, safe conditions. Your safety is our top priority.

Pohatu Penguins is a family-run business with a long-standing history of protecting the Korora (Little Penguin) for 30+ years. So, when purchasing a tour, you have a positive input on our little Korora.

Small group tours run from Akaroa over one of the most scenic back country roads by 4WD van to Pohatu/ Flea Bay and Pohatu marine reserve, a beautiful sheltered bay out on the wild south eastern corner of Banks Peninsula and home to the largest Little Penguin Colony on mainland New Zealand with over 2000 penguins breeding there

 

Tour includes:

  • Scenic drive by 4WD mini vans
  • Photos stops along the way with commentary about the area
  • Fully guided by experienced staff
  • All gear (life jackets, dry jackets, spray deck, dry bags for cameras...)

 Prices

  • Adult: $110/$120
  • Child: $65
  • 4 or more: $105

Departure time

8.00am and 12.00pm in summer and 11.15am from May to August

Length

3.5 to 4 hours with an average of an hour and half kayaking on the water.


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ecoSeaker -Harbour Cruises

ecoSeaker -Harbour Cruises

Harbour Cruise 2:30pm

Do you have a sense for adventure?

Then join us on our Harbour Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are incredible. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. We run one 2hr Harbour Cruise per day, exclusively limited to 12 guests. Our boat is a 12.5-meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat. We are 100% locally owned & operated. Highly recommended on tripadvisor.

On our boat, you are part of the environment not removed from it.

While dolphins surf under the boat you can feel the spray from their blowhole!

DOLPHIN SWIMMING  10:30AM

Come and join us on one of our small, personal tours and experience the magic of swimming with the Hectors Dolphin in Akaroa New Zealand. They are the smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins in the world. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can experience them personally in their natural habitat. We are a small local family business, 100% locally owned & operated. We run one swim tour per day exclusively limited to 12 guests, offering a longer dolphin swimming tour to maximize your experience and your value for money with a 90.5% success rate. Wetsuits, masks & snorkels are provided, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.

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Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

SOUTHERN WANDERER SCENIC CRUISES

DAILY CRUISES - departing from Akaroa's main wharf at 9:30am and 12pm

PRIVATE CHARTERS - $320 (reduced from $400) for up to 6 passengers, departure time flexible.

 

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises is a family business offering 2-hour cruises from Akaroa exploring the amazing scenery and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We cater for small numbers of up to 8 passengers, keeping the trips relaxed and allowing us to offer personal service with informative conversational commentary. Take incredible shots of seacliffs, wildlife and seabirds for your Instagram feed and indelible memories of this beautiful place that we call home.

 

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues, we can tailor a tour specifically for you. Southern Wanderer is also available for general charters, including research, filming, corporate outings, marine service work etc.

 

See our Akaroa Coastal Retreat listing for accommodation/boating packages

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ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming

ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming

On our boat, you are part of the environment not removed from it.

While dolphins surf under the boat you can feel the spray from their blowhole!

DOLPHIN SWIMMING  10:30AM

Come and join us on one of our small, personal tours and experience the magic of swimming with the Hectors Dolphin in Akaroa New Zealand. They are the smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins in the world. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can experience them personally in their natural habitat. We are a small local family business, 100% locally owned & operated. We run one swim tour per day exclusively limited to 12 guests, offering a longer dolphin swimming tour to maximize your experience and your value for money with a 90.5% success rate. Wetsuits, masks & snorkels are provided, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.

 

Harbour Cruise 2:30pm

Do you have a sense for adventure?

Then join us on our Harbour Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are incredible. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. We run one 2hr Harbour Cruise per day, exclusively limited to 12 guests. Our boat is a 12.5-meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat. We are 100% locally owned & operated. Highly recommended on tripadvisor.

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Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

Join us for a tour and explore the spectacular volcanic coastline and abundant wildlife of Akaroa Harbour. Our wildlife tour numbers are kept limited offering you a small and intimate tour taking you where others can't, with amazing views of New Zealand's wildlife. Our friendly and knowledgeable crew love meeting and talking to our guests.

Wairiri (meaning: Angry Waters) is a characterful and comfortable boat - she is a 41 foot Kauri Launch built in 1964. 

Daily tours from 1pm to 3.30pm (boarding at 1245) - you will find us at the end of the Main Wharf in Akaroa (walk past all the blue buildings).

For bookings  call  Tony on 021 228 8091 or Mafi on 027 411 0369

 

Prices: Adults $92 pp, Children (3 to 15 years) $35, free for up to 3 year old.

Family deals: 2 adults and 1 child $190, 2 adults and 2 children $210

 

Social and Fishing Charters are also available. Call or email us and we can tailor a trip for you.

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