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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 #4 of 19 Activities in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: We offer an exclusive and intimate 2 hour Harbour Nature Cruise on our luxurious ”Into The Blue...
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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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Pensacola, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
27 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We booked this tour online in US before we went to NZ. We picked up the tickets at the store they told us on the email. No problem, they even recommend a place to have coffee before the trip. Mark and Patsy on the boat were great, they served us wine and excellent cookies, my daughter had a soda. The... More 

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Thank you very much for your review, we’re pleased to hear your booking experience with us was smooth and easy, and that you enjoyed everything that our cruise offers. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I'm writing this to praise the staff of Akaroa Dolphins. As we were about to book a harbour cruise, we were advised that the trip may be shortened due to high waves and no dolphins were sighted on an earlier trip. We decided to spend the day in and around Akaroa instead. This appears to be a company with high... More 

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Thank you very much for your positive comments and praise of our company, it is always wonderful to receive. Many thanks. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The purpose of this review is to provide advice based on my experience. We drove from Christchurch to Akaroa for this one event and while the skies were clear the wind forced the event to be canceled. While I applaud the attention to safety, potential travelers should be aware that this happens frequently and may want to reconsider a long... More 

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Utrecht
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217 reviews 217 reviews
38 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We booked this tour, coming of a cruise ship visiting Akaroa. The boat looks (and is) spacious and has places both on deck and inside where you can sit. We were offered a drink and some very nice cookies. The sights we saw were good, but we only stopped at each of them very briefly. Almost as soon as I... More 

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review about your experience with us, it means a lot to us to get feedback from our customers. We are pleased you enjoyed the cruise in general but sorry to hear you felt the stops were a bit rushed. Our aim is definitely for everyone to have time to... More 

Albany, Australia
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Did the lunchtime cruise with family. Personable and personal commentary and crew. They really know their stuff - the harbour, the history, the wildlife. Great close ups of dolphins, penguins, seals (including pups), seabirds, rock formations etc Weather changeable but crew stocked extra jackets if needed, and the drink and choc chip biscuits were a nice touch.

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Thank you so much for your review and for posting your photos - what fabulous shots of the seal pubs and the dolphins! More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Very enjoyable experience witha helpful crew. Special attention given to the children on the cruise & some were allowed to take the wheel as we returned to the berth. Crew gave an interesting commentary & made every effort for us to see dolphins & seals. We took overseas friends on the trip & we all had a very memorable afternoon.... More 

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience with us. It really means a lot to us to receive such nice feedback on our work, and we very glad you had a lovely time on our cruise. More 

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We had a terrific two-hour cruise with Mark and Patsy. We saw little blue penguins, NZ fur seals, Hector's dolphins and many more birds. We couldn't have been happier.

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. It’s always great to hear about our passengers experience with us, and we are so pleased you really enjoyed yours. Many thanks. More 

Sanford, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We took an afternoon cruise. The scenery was beautiful as we cruised around the harbor. We were able to see the rare Hector dolphins as we had a small group following the boat. How amazing! We were served wine and homemade cookies. The staff were very friendly. Would recommend. Visited Dec 2012.

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review of your time with us. Having the Hector dolphins swimming alongside the boat is certainly a wonderful experience. Many thanks. More 

Berkeley, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I rarely review anything other than hotels on Tripadvisor unless it's extremely bad or extremely good. Obviously, in this case, it's extremely good. Long story short, this 2 hour cruise consisted of sipping wine (or beer) while exploring the beautiful coastline of the Akaroa harbor and looking for wildlife on a lovely catamaran. I didn't expect to see the Hector... More 

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

“Excellence in every way” - thank you so much!! We are delighted to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your cruise with us, and that you considered it a highlight of your trip. Many thanks. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We had a great time with Patsy and Mark. They talked about the history of the peninsula, the importance of conservation, and showed us an awesome number of wildlife. We saw penguins, seals, and dolphins, of course. Thanks!

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Akaroa_Dolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback about our cruise and the crew, we are very happy to hear you had a great time with us. More 

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