Tours

Adventures await on land or on the water as our local tours share the abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery and conservation programmes that make this area so unique.

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Spring Deals 

$200 Family Pass.

NZ Spring 20% Discount.

 Our Family Pass is $200 for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 0-15 years), a saving of $84. Offer valid for cruises before 31st October 2020. To book this special deal, please call or email us today. *T&Cs apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

 Receive 20% off your booking today. To redeem this special deal, please call or email us today and quote SPRING. Offer valid for cruises before the 31st of October 2020. *T&Cs apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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.

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Pohatu Penguin Tours & Sea Kayaking

Pohatu Penguins is a family-run business with a long-standing history of protecting the Korora (Little Penguin). The colony survival is accredited to Shireen and Francis Helps who have cared for the penguins for 30+ years.

When the Helps first began their conservation work the penguins faced massive challenges that threatened their very existence. These challenges included predation via introduced predators such as dogs, cats, ferrets and stoats, gill net fishing and other human disturbances. Colonies around Banks Peninsula declined at an alarming rate and most disappeared altogether. Through predator trapping, monitoring, rehabilitation and immense dedication the Helps have stabilized the Pohatu Colony - and it continues to grow! In addition to their penguin conservation work the Helps family have also, for many years, protected native forests and other endemic species. Their work helped found the award-winning Wildside Conservation Project.

To this day, the Helps family continue to be leaders in conservation.

Their efforts continue to be fully self-funded via Pohatu Penguins’ tours.

When purchasing a tour, clients 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.

Many tour options to see and experience this thriving Little penguin colony include Evening penguin tour, Nature tours, Sea-kayaking safaris, Hiking or a 24 hour package with a night in the middle of the colony.

 

Evening penguin tour:

Observe penguins in the wild on this evening adventure. A wonderful option for people who wish to take part in our monitoring program and learn more, in depth, about our conservation efforts giving you great insight into the life of a penguin.

Departure time changes due to the sunset so please get in touch (guidelines: 3 pm in winter and 7pm in summer)

Sea-kayaking safari:

Observe penguins in the wild on this evening adventure. A wonderful option for people who wish to take part in our monitoring program and learn more, in depth, about our conservation efforts giving you great insight into the life of a penguin.

Depart at 8am and 12pm (from September to April and 11.15am from May to August)

4-hour scenic Nature safari:

Join a 4WD safari to the spectacular, award winning Wildside Conservation area. Learn about the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu’s unique penguin conservation program.

Depart at 12pm (from September to April and 11.15am from May to August)

2-hour nature tour:

Ideal for people on a day trip in Akaroa! This option gives you the chance to learn more about Pohatu Penguins while still having time to explore our historic town.

Depart at 1.30pm

24-hour Pohatu package:

Enjoy all of what Pohatu has to offer in this 24-hour package including accommodation.

Depart at 12pm (from September to April and 11.15am from May to August)

Hike and Kayak combo:

Looking for an active day? Join us for a full day of adventure combining a morning hike through endemic ancient forest down our private walking track to Pohatu bay and join our sea-kayaking safari in the afternoon to encounter Pohatu marine reserve wildlife.

Depart at 8am

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Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

SPECIALS for October

"to book", please call 021 228 8091 or email us"

* 6 or more adults 20% off regular price

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* School Holiday Family Special* 

2 Adults and 2 Children only $170

Come see spectacular coastline and magnificent wildlife aboard our classic Kauri launch. 2.5 hour trips, personally guided by skipper/owner Tony Muir. "We will get you up close to Hectors dolphins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and amazing seabirds."

Boarding from far -end of Main Wharf, Akaroa at 10.15 and 1.45pm. Small groups on a spacious, dry and comfortable wooden launch. Private fishing & social charters are available. Summer cruises are $85 per adult. Children 3-15 years old $35.  under 3 year are free.

"Join us for the Best wildlife trip!"

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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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Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY DEAL:
*A child travels FREE per paying adult

Jeff & Suzi invite you to join their rugged and remote rural mail delivery that has delighted tourists and locals alike for over 30 years.

Discover the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern bays, valleys and coastline on this unique mail run experience.

We travel 120km weaving in and out of 10 bays from sea level to the crater rim delivering mail to 140 letterboxes to farms and settlements in the comfort of our red Rural Post Van.

Your tour includes an interesting local Postie’s commentary, a delicious homemade snack/tea/coffee break, a visit to a historic church and a short walk on beautiful Le Bons Bay beach. Plenty of photo opportunities and comfort stops.

The tour operates from Monday to Saturday, leaving opposite the BNZ Bank at 9am, and arrives back at approximately 2 - 2:30pm. Tours operate all year round and are $85 per person.


Bookings are essential as we only have 8 seats.
Please note: Saturday bookings by prior arrangement (for minimum of 4, & up to 8 passengers
email Jeff & Suzi directly: easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com

 

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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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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.

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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Black Cat Harbour Nature Cruises

Join award-winning Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. View stunning scenery, including the volcanic Cathedral Cave, relics of the area's past and a salmon farm. Complimentary tea & coffee on board and a postcard. Cruises depart daily from the main wharf. If you don’t see any dolphins, come again for FREE!

Swimming with dolphins all year round! Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful and endemic Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels with our knowledgeable and awesome crew! All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your ultimate swimming with dolphins experience. A separate price is available for dolphin spectating only. Everything is provided: wetsuits, hot showers and hot chocolate. Finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure Experience Awards 2019.

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Akaroa Nature and History Akaroa

Marie Haley has an extensive knowledge of the environment, nature and history of the area. An incredible storyteller who creates a deeper understanding and an emotional connection to Akaroa and New Zealand, Marie will leave you with inspiration and hope for the future.

Marie will take you to some of the nation’s most important historic sites and nature conservation projects and tell one comprehensive story that is easy to follow. Contact Marie directly on www.theseventhgeneration.org

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Akaroa Farm Tours

If you ever wanted to experience traditional New Zealand farming visit Paua Bay Hillcountry Farm on Banks Peninsula. Enjoy the stunning scenery on your trip to Paua Bay. Learn about the French settlers and the development of Akaroa . Enjoy the hospitality of the 5th generation farmers at Paua Bay. See sheepdogs working on the steep hills. Take part in sheep shearing and mustering and learn about farming in New Zealand. Relax with tea and scones on the homestead verandah and return to Akaroa after an experience which will be one of the highlights of your visit to New Zealand.

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Canterbury Leisure Tours

Canterbury Leisure Tours has over 20 years experience in offering high quality tours and activities to International Visitors. Our tours offer the top activities and attractions the region has to offer. All departure and return times from the cruise ship will ensure your brief visit to this most beautiful region of New Zealand is thoroughly enjoyable. For a detailed list of our cruise tours go to our web site.

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Canterbury Trails

Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise and Lunch 

Get  15% discount on advertised rate
Tours include all transfers in our luxury vehicle from your City Hotel/Homestay, crater rim scenic drive, local knowledgeable guide, picnic style morning or afternoon tea, lots of stops for short walks and photos, Harbour Cruise and lunch at an award winning harbour side Café.
Depart Christchurch at 8.30am- arrive back to Christchurch approximately 5.45pm
Daily till 31th March 2021 except Christmas Day 
Please email us on info@trails.co.nz to book this with code AK01

Specialising in small group guided tours for over 19 years Canterbury Trails offers a day trip to Akaroa from Christchurch and scenic drive over Banks Peninsula. Full details of all our tours can be found on our web site. We can also put together a private tour for you ensuring that you get the most from your visit to Banks Peninsula.

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V8 Trikes

Experience the thrill and exhilaration of a ride on our V8-powered trike. Our trike is classed as a "car" in NZ, so you'll have the added peace of mind of a seatbelt, but you won't need a helmet – giving you uninterrupted views of Akaroa's breathtaking panoramic vistas. Whether it's a short blast or a longer drive along Akaroa's famous Summit Road, from just $49pp we've got you covered. And there's always time for photos. Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable!

V8 Trikes:

Experience the thrill and exhilaration of a ride on our V8-powered trike. Our trike is classed as a "car" in NZ, so you'll have the added peace of mind of a seatbelt, but you won't need a helmet – giving you uninterrupted views of Akaroa's breathtaking panoramic vistas. All you need are your sunglasses (or we can supply sunglasses if needed), and we have jackets on board for extra comfort. And there's plenty of room in the trunk for your belongings while you ride.

Whether it's a short blast or a longer drive along Akaroa's famous Summit Road, from just $49pp we've got you covered. And tell the driver if you have a specific destination(s) in mind and we can customise a ride for you.

Fun for the whole family, we can take children as young as 7 years old, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Just make sure they have suitable eyewear and a warm jacket if the weather is cool. See our driver on the day if you have any questions.

We also accept EFTOS, Visa and Mastercard payments on the spot, as well as US dollars and Australian dollars for your convenience.

Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable!

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Maossie Tours Ltd

Maossie Tours is a “scenic and sightseeing transport” business involved in the operation of unique day-tours from Christchurch to exotic, distinctively New Zealand adventure destinations such as our Akaroa & Banks Peninsula Wild Penguins Eco-Tour. Experience our top of the line luxury Mercedes Benz 4WD mini-coach with expert (but fun) commentary - hearing all the local myths, stories and legends! We are an independent family business having a deep passion for everything Kiwi especially indigenous Maori culture. Most of all, we know where the best places are and how to get there safely.

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Akaroa French Connection

Direct Scenic Shuttles: Pick up point is outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. Departs Christchurch daily at: 9.00am. Departs Akaroa daily at 4.00pm. Cost: $50.00 per person return $30 one way. French Connection is a quality assured passenger transport service who pride themselves on friendliness and punctuality whilst achieving a high standard of safety & comfort. They are also available for weddings and local transfers in the Akaroa and Christchurch regions.

 

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Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

SOUTHERN WANDERER SCENIC CRUISES

 

SPRING SPECIAL - 20% discount on all cruises in October and November.

Adult - $68 (reduced from $85)  Child - $24 (age 3-14, reduced from $30)

Enter code SPRING20 when booking online with the BOOK NOW button below or phone us on 0800 226273 

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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.

 

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Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Enjoy this nature experience to visit the New Zealand Fur Seals on a small group tour. Your local guide has more than 20 years experience. Beginning in Akaroa your guide will pick you up and take you on a unique journey up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, you will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits. Safaris run from the beginning of October to the end of April at 9:30am and 1:00pm and takes between 2.5 to 3 hours.

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Vintage Car Tours

Unleash the charm and beauty of Akaroa by enjoying a memorable ride in an open vintage car for up to four passengers. The Village is acclaimed to have one of the best seascapes in the World. On tour is a stunning wide-angle view of the harbour at height, a must for best photos. Comment from Rod & Maria, Bundaberg, Queensland, “Without a doubt your tour in the open Ford Tourer around Akaroa was the highlight of our recent trip to New Zealand”. Half-hour Tour at $70 NZ. (GST incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $15 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement. Jack now has a closed car as well, suitable in all weather.

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Tour South Fully Escorted Tours

Let our Tour South team of vastly experienced driver/guides take you on a fully escorted tour of Akaroa, Christchurch or the wider Banks Peninsula area, to discover some of the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this very special part of New Zealand. We offer our Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays Scenic Tour of 3 hours or choose our very popular Premier Share Tour for the best of the scenery of Akaroa, key City sights in Christchurch and some of the amazingly diverse and spectacularly beautiful Banks Peninsula area. Alternatively an Elite Private Hire, where you have the exclusive use of an appropriately sized vehicle complete with an experienced driver/guide for the day.

We invite you to visit our website at www.toursouth.co.nz for Pricing/Tour detail, and to view our Testimonials and Galleries pages.

1. Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays 3 hour tour – 1st tour leaving @ 10:00 am – returning @ 1:00 pm, second tour leaving @ 1:30 pm returning @ 4:30 pm. - Cost $65.00 p.p. Children agesd 4-14 $40.00. p.p.
2. Premier Share Tour – Akaroa & Christchurch – Six hour tour leaving @ 10:00 am approx. – returning @ 4:00 pm – Cost $110.00 p.p. Children aged 4-14 $70.00 p.p.
3. Elite Private Hire Tour – Six hour tours to suit – Exclusive private use of an appropriately sized vehicle and driver for a full day tour = 1 to 6 Pax = $950.00 – 7 to 11 Pax. = $1,190.00.

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The Bonjour Wine Tour

Spend an Afternoon 'A La French'. Sit back and relax. Meet the locals and hear their stories. Enjoy local boutique award winning wines and seasonal produces as we take you on a mini road trip around the beautiful inner harbour of Akaroa.

The Bonjour Wine Tour
• Explore Akaroa harbour and visit 2 of our local award-winning vineyards: French peak and Meniscus and taste a third boutique vineyard by the water.
• To accompany each wine tastings, you will get to sample some of our local produces and award-winning cheeses.
• Learn about our French history and the geology of the area creating unique wines.
• You taste, we drive; and as we go, it makes for an afternoon delight.

Tour length: 1.30pm to 4pm
Depart from: Akaroa main wharf or Wildside booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)
Price: $115 per adult. 

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Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

 Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

 Full of attitude, seriously cute and very, very photogenic – come and meet our friendly award winning alpacas.

Just one hour from Christchurch, you’ll find Shamarra Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula across the harbour from Akaroa.

With over 170 grazing alpacas you are guaranteed to make some furry friends while enjoying spectacular sea views. Tour our farm and visit our shop, exclusively stocking our luxurious New Zealand-made Shamarra alpaca knitwear.

Your Alpaca Farm Tour
  • Your tour starts with a brief introduction to alpacas and their unique and quirky habits. You will be coming into close contact with your new found friends so we will also give a quick safety briefing with an alpaca in the barn.
  • An award winning alpaca fleece is on display and you get to feel the incredible cashmere like softness of superfine alpaca whilst learning about their amazing qualities.
  • We will then walk you through our alpaca herd where you can enjoy interacting with these gentle animals while they graze contentedly in their natural habitat.
  • Feed the mothers with their their young by their side. This provides some amazing close up alpaca contact and great photos.
  • Take advantage of the views across Akaroa harbour which are absolutely stunning and provide endless photo opportunities for lasting memories of your visit to our farm.

Tour duration: 1 hour

Tour times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

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Spring Family Package $95 (2 adults/2 kids)
Family Alpaca Tour for 2 adults/2 children.  Our 1 hour tour is an interactive experience where we share our knowledge of these majestic animals, their unique fleece and their adorable personalities.  Visitors enjoy time in the paddocks with a group of friendly boys and also get to feed the mums with their cria (baby) nearby.  Endless photo opportunities and lots of alpaca cuddles.  At the end of the tour, a beverage and home baked biscuit are served in our Visitor Centre.  Included in our Spring Special is 25% discount in our farm shop on our exclusive range of Shamarra Alpaca knitwear.
Family Spring Special valid From 1st September 2020  to November 30th 2020 .
Please book through our website Click here  or Akaroa iSite.
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Akaroa Guided Walks

Akaroa Guided Walks

A tapestry of tales will unfold as you explore romantic Akaroa, the oldest and best preserved colonial town in the South Island, and its only French settlement. For groups we recommend a Historic walk with a guide in person - pre-booking is essential. Contact Linda to discuss a quote for group bookings.

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