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Akaroa Dolphins

Address: 65 Beach Road (waterfront), Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 304 7866
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Ranked #3 of 19 Activities in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: We offer an exclusive and intimate 2 hour Harbour Nature Cruise on our luxurious ”Into The Blue” catamaran. We accommodate a small number of guests, so you can enjoy a more intimate and personal cruise experience around this spectacular seascape including sea caves, high cliffs and volcanic rock formations.Akaroa Harbour is host to amazing bird life and sea mammals, including the worlds smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, which you will undoubtedly experience on our cruise. You should also see New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins, fascinating sea birds and marine salmon and paua farms.Our local family history dates back to 1838 and as your hosts we will provide you with a personal insight into this region.A complimentary award winning wine, beer, organic juice, soft drinks and fresh home baking are included.Our summer cruise times are 10.15am, 12.45pm and 3.15pmOur winter cruise time is 12.45pm.Evening Cruises of Private Charter by arrangement.

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Phoenix, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We called to book the 3:15 cruise and they said it was available and asked if we could do the 12:45 cruise instead. When I said we wouldn't make the 12:45, she said the 3:15 would probably go, but to check in closer to the time of the tour. We drove all the way from Queenstown (almost 8 hours) and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We pre-arranged our excursion but were late arriving. They graciously assigned us a new time. The boat was comfortable, Becky and Sydney took good care of everyone on the boat, biscuits and drinks were provided, the skipper toured us around cliffs while providing history and information about the birds and sea life, persistence paid off and we were able to... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Informative trip on conservation in the area. Very up to date craft with a helpful skipper who kept us informed at all times and did his upmost to give us sightings and photographic opportunities of the small blue penguin,Hectors Dolphins,fur seals and bird colonies. His other crew member provided us with drinks and cookies and she was always on hand... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Had a nice time watching the dolphins and seals, nice people on the boat. They have a dog that looks out for the dolphins. They offer you a drink and a biscuit.

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Entering Akaroa harbour on a cruise ship is an experience in itself, sailing up a dramatic caldera with a steep, rugged shoreline. No sooner were we tendered ashore than we were aboard the wildlife cruise and offered a cold drink. The boat is modern and very well maintained and passenger numbers limited so everone could move about as they wished.... More

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New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Great trip. Several pods of Hector dolphins , a real treat. Great commentary , friendly staff and Sydney the spotter dog was just too cute. Would recommend.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I traveled over the hill from the city- and as usual Akaroa is an oasis. The dolphin tour really is worth the trip. The crew kept a watchful eye out, pointing out dolphins hence ensuring all on board were able to enjoy the beauty of the dolphins in their natural habitat. I did get boat sick (nothing unusual for me)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Left in time. We got a complimentary drink at the beginning (beer, wine, Softdrinks available) and a cookie just before The end. The cruise took 2 hours, filled with lots of explanations. As advertised we saw plenty of Hector Dolphins, seal and also some penguins. Two hours well spent. They do grant a 10% discount for Top10 Club members.

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Sydney, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

While we only saw one dolphin, we still really enjoyed this cruise. It takes you out around the harbour to see caves, seals and birds. The staff on board were very knowledgeable, friendly and hospitable. Definately worth doing if you are in Akaroa.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We did the Akaroa Dolphin tour today with Akaroa Dolphins. It was a fantastic trip with true Kiwi hospitality provided by Mark and Patsy. Thank you so much! You made sure we could enjoy the beautiful Akaroa scenery and nature and you put an extra effort in to make sure that everyone's personal wishes were granted as well. We will... More

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you joining us on the harbour yesterday, what a stunning day it was to be out on the water. Thank you also for you wonderful review, we look forward to seeing you again in the future. More

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