Akaroa Dolphins, Akaroa

#1 of 248 in Wildlife in South Island
Dolphin / Whale Watching · Eco Tour
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. Check out our website to discover Akaroa on an unforgettable harbour cruise.

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  • Very well run tour, with a great friendly atmosphere. Boat was excellent for the cruise, and the super friendly dog was a added bonus.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We struck a lovely, fine day and the water was smooth. This is advertised as being a trip to see the Hector dolphins but it much more than this. We saw plenty of...  more »
  • Outstanding boat trip, with great commentary and service. We unexpectedly found ourselves on an afternoon cruise with Akaroa Dolphins last weekend after a rival company refused boarding for my 10 year old on a ‘swimming with dolphins’ cruise due to alleged concerns about her swimming ability. I was a little surprised given that I am a former competitive swimmer at Australian national level, and my daughter started swimming club aged 5 and life saver training age 6 (and looked far more capable than some of the other people waiting to board). The company representative then proceeded to recommend that everybody else take a refund as ‘the water was too rough for spectating and the dolphins hadn’t been spotted on the previous two cruises’. Fortunately we were welcomed with open arms by Akaroa Dolphins. We spotted dolphins within 10 minutes of leaving the dock, and then more dolphins, and then more.The boat was only 8 weeks old and wonderfully steady on the water. I didn’t notice any waves at all, which was a relief as I am prone to sea-sickness. An unexpected bonus was the beautiful caves that we sailed past, and the volcanic formations just outside the harbour. We also saw some seals! A complimentary drink and yummy chocolate chip cookie were additional treats that we weren’t expecting. Highly recommended. It was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand.
  • If you have a choice always go local. We had an exceptional experience with the Akaroa Dolphin team. Everyone was focused on us having a great, and safe experience. Our particular group saw all of the possible wildlife - quite a few dolphins including a mother and baby, seals, and a penguin. Of course, there is no guarantee that happens every time. But even if the sightings would have been less bountiful we would have had a great time. The captain had a long history in the area and shared great stories and background and the boat was spotless, stable and comfortable. Their superb team led to a fabulous experience.

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