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Coast up Close

Address: Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
Phone Number: +6433048407
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Ranked #6 of 21 Activities in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local...
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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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North Yorkshire
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great tour on a smaller boat than the other operators, and a chance for a more intimate trip. Tony was a great host, showing great enthusiasm and knowledge of the area. A different way to see the Banks Peninsula and a must do when in Akaroa!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Great trip! I would highly recommend it over the other more commercial boat. The boat is a bit smaller and a lot fewer people on board. Tony is really passionate about local area and possesses a wealth of knowledge. Plus his boat dog Kara is awesome 😄

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We loved the guide, the boat and the dog. Very good value for money - ideal if you want something a bit more personalised than the massive crowds on other local boat trips.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We enjoyed a great tour with Tony. His boat was very clean and comfortable. We saw Hector Dolphins, penguins, and fur seals. Very enjoyable day and a great value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

My parents love it. Highly recommon Coast up close. Tony is such a good guider and driver for the boat. Great to see not only dolphins but also seals.

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