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Coast up Close

Address: Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
Phone Number: +6433048407
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local...
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local skipper, Tony, takes small groups to view the amazing wildlife,including penguins,dolphins, fur seals, and spectacular rock formations and sea caves.Terrific photo opportunities!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Tony's boat is small and perfectly formed. He takes out small groups of people and gets to know them all by name. He clearly loves the sea and its wildlife and he talks about them with great knowledge and enthusiasm. He will go the extra mile to get up close to dolphins, seals, penguins and seabirds. It seemed that we... More 

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Brisbane QLD
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Tony runs a great tour both informative and entertaining, we were lucky we found this tour. A small intimate and fun group tour of the Akaroa harbour. He has a cute dog on board who helps find the dolphins. Highly recommend this boat tour over the large crowded boats. We could all easily view the dolphins, penguins and seals no... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

we had a beautiful boat trip in mid-December 2014 in a small group as announced in the leaflet. The atmosphere was very familiar as Tony explained us landscape and wildlife personally and not through microphones which most of the time you can't understand a word anyway. Thanks to Tony's experience and knowledge we had the chance to see a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Had a great morning on the harbour with Tony, Cynthia and Fluffy. The weather was not the best but they still managed to give an informative tour of the harbour where they lived up to their guarantee to see Dolphins, Penguins and Seals as well as great scenery. Would highly recommend doing this whilst visiting Akoroa.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a great way to spend a couple of hours on a small boat cruising around the harbour with a very experienced and knowledgeable local and his dog! Tony knows exactly where to find the penguins, dolphins, seals and even the odd Albatross or 2! Very friendly and personable with some great local stories. If you want a nature... More 

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North Yorkshire
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Tony and Fluffy the dog gave us the perfect end to our holiday. Tony was full of information taking us out to sea on a far from perfect day. He knew the routes to take to avoid causing too much rockiness and where it would be sheltered to see wildlife. Seeing Fluffy running around watching for the dolphins was amazing... More 

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UK
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Tony has a fantastic knowledge of the wildlife in the bay at Akaroa. We had a fabulous trip and saw dolphins, penguins, fur seals and a range of sea birds. The bost is small, so Tony can speak to younindividually and make sure you get the most out of the trip. He is enthusiastic and has awealth of knowledge and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We had a wonderful experience on Tony's boat. It was great to see the wide life so up close. Tony is very knowledgeable about the local heritage. It was great that the number of people was small so we could have a personal interaction. Thank you.

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franklin, nz
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

From the moment the boat arrived on the wharf Tony was welcoming and professional. The cruise was just awesome and Tony's knowledge of the area and wildlife second to none. We would HIGHLY recommend this as a fantastic family outing that is more personal than some of the larger commercial operations. We will definitely be back

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Arkansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Tony was amazing how he could handle his boat all by himself & took us out to see the beautiful harbor & surrounding waters/landscapes of Akaroa. It was hilarious how the little dog Kara was usually the first to spot dolphins-which were amazing by the way-the Hector dolphin is one of the worlds smallest & they came right up to... More 

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