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Akaroa Dolphins

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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7866
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Well worth it!

Great all round experience: knowledgeable staff; incredible wildlife and great Kiwi hospitality... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Melissa O
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Wonderful experience

We stayed in Akaroa for two nights and our morning boat trip with Akaroa Dolphins was definitely... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Williamsfamily2014
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife of Banks Peninsula aboard our stylish vessels; 'Into the Blue' and 'Akaroa Dolphin'. Highlights of our cruises include the rare Hector's dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, penguins, seabirds, spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. We give you an intimate and luxurious experience, starting with home baking and complimentary drinks, including local award-winning wine, beer and soft drink when you step aboard. Our 100% locally owned and operated team will show you the Peninsula like only a local can. Experience why we’re winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in New Zealand. Our track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience speaks for itself.
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65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7866

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Great all round experience: knowledgeable staff; incredible wildlife and great Kiwi hospitality. Sit right up front to see dolphins swimming with the boat!

Thank Melissa O
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Great tip about sitting up front. When the dolphins are in a playful mood they love the bow. Come back soon! :)

Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Akaroa for two nights and our morning boat trip with Akaroa Dolphins was definitely the highlight of our stay. Our skipper gave an informative commentary of the history, and wildlife in the area. Desiree was a very helpful attentive hostess, offering information...More

Thank Williamsfamily2014
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

What a lovely review. Buster is so entertaining, isn't he! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review.

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Great day trip to akaroa spent the day there with some friends, beautiful weather went on the Akaroa dolphin cruse crew on board were very friendly desire , breziley i think the skippers name was and of course baxtor the dog on board. crew very...More

Thank ktekaru
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

I'm so thrilled to hear you had a great time on the water. We know Desiree and Bainzy love what they do and are super caring, to read your review just reaffirms this. Thank you!

Reviewed 17 October 2017

We went to Akaroa from Christchurch to have a look around. We inquired about the nature cruise on a whim. Turned out to be a fantastic idea. We were a bit put off by the price at first - 80 NZD each for 2 hours,...More

Thank Happydevo
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m so glad you made the descision to join us and you had a great time.

Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Very friendly crew and Sidney the dog made the cruise a fantastic experience. Saw lots of dolphins, seals and penguins. Would highly recommend.

Thank Geneyl
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you so much for recommending us. It is very much appreciated.

Reviewed 16 October 2017

The trip was just as advertised. We were lucky with the weather, and the dolphins were in a playful mood. Lots of good photos. Crew were really helpful and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank aremjay2016
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

I'm so happy to hear you thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. Come back and see us again soon.

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

A very pleasant 2 hour cruise through the harbor and into the crater channel. The dolphins were abundant and playful and constantly racing under the boat. It was easy to get pictures and videos from the front of the boat. We were fortunate and also...More

Thank brewlabs
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa.

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We did the akaroa dolphin boat in the morning first trip it was a awesome trip lovely staff even had a glass of wine and a biscuit the information given well we were on board about the penguins area dolphins blowholes etc was very interesting...More

Thank Donna D
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Happy Anniversary Donna! I'm glad to hear you tried some of my Uncle's wine and Dad's homemade biscuits. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and recommending us.

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We took a number of small cruises during our NZ holiday and the Akaroa Dolphin cruise was our favourite. Weather was fresh but sunny, boat is very comfortable and we had plenty of room. We received a complimentary glass of wine before we departed and...More

Thank Judith G
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thanks, Judith! Love hearing that our cruise was the favourite of your trip. Hope you can join us again another time soon!

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We booked this tour last minute and it was one of the best of our trip. Their thoughtful tour never felt rushed. They had a personal family touch looking after your needs, drinks, snacks, and spray off the boat. I've been on dolphin tours but...More

Thank po1214
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Thank you for your feedback about the pace of the tour. There are so many highlights to see, and I'm so happy to hear it didn't feel rushed. Come back again soon.

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Spartyxena
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Response from AkaroaDolphins | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your enquiry. There are a few ways you can book directly with us, either by email, phone or website. Unfortunately I am unable to add our website or email address in this section. If you go to our... More
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Hello! Thank you for your inquiry. Our office location is very close in relation to where you will come onto Akaroa wharf on your tender. Once you disembark from the tender, walk to the very end of the wharf where you... More
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