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Coast up Close

Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 17 activities in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local skipper, Tony, takes small groups to view the... more » 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! « less
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was the best last minute activity that my partner and I decided to do. We saw so much wildlife up close and it was a really exciting experience. Thanks!

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Highly recommended! We enjoyed perfect weather, and a local operator with a wealth of local knowledge helped make this activity one of the best in Akaroa. Was great to get up close to sea birds, Hector's Dolphins, Fairy penguins, seals and sea caves. Tony makes you feel as if you are a family friend and points out the best places... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Met by Tony, our friendly host we ventured out of the harbour. We were treated to a variety of wildlife, including penguins, dolphins and seals. Tony was full of great info and made the kids feel relaxed and a welcomed part of the trip. Fully recommend this experience!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We hadn't planned to go on this visit, but after chatting with Tony as he prepared his boat for the afternoon trip we decided to join him and were so pleased we did. Tony is a really friendly guy and extremely knowledgable on the nature, geology and culture of the region. As his boat is much smaller than the other... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Akoroa is a charming village built in the french stlye. We took a boat trip with CoastupClose which was excellent. It is a smaller boat run by local fisherman Tony who was both amusing and an absolute fount of knowledge on all the sealfe. Highly recommend this trip

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had arrived at akaroa a day earlier and were looking for something to do. We walked down the peer and had a look at the trips around the harbour, most of them had lots of people on/booked in so we looked around a bit more and spotted a sign for a trip which took small groups, we got greeted... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We just got back from 28 days on the Oosterdam. We booked this tour on our own and had a great time. We saw seals, hector dolphins, a penquin, numerous birds and had a great time. I would highly recommend this company.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My wife booked to go on Coast Up Close whilst I was on a "swimming with dolphins" trip with Black Cat. She chose it because it was a smaller boat and because of "Fluffy" the dog, who quite often goes out on the boat. It was so goos she insisted I submitted a review! The wife's review: Tony the skipper... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

we chose this boat trip because it was run by a guy called Tony and dog Fluffy - so we guessed he was going to know his stuff and the tour would be very personalised. We were right. We also liked the fact that his boat wasn't too big and he doesn't pack it full, so there was plenty of... More

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Harlingen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We have arrived to Akaroa on Holland America in November 2013. The town has a unique French flavor with tons of historic buildings. We made our reservation through Cynthia with Coast Up Close, it turned out to be one of our most memorable attractions. Our captain, Tony Muir, was like an old friend,welcoming us on his wonderfully refurbished wooden vessel.... More

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