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Coast up Close

Address: Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
Phone Number: +6433048407
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Ranked #5 of 19 Activities in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local...
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing 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 amazing wildlife,including penguins,dolphins, fur seals, and spectacular rock formations and sea caves.Terrific photo opportunities!

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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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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Fuengirola, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Boat-trip 2,5 hour with skipper Tony and his little dog. We saw seals, penguins, albatross ++, and a lot of dolphins, coming up racing with our boat. Tonys knowledge about the animals and their behaviour gave us a very interesting and learning afternoon. Go for it!

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I highly recommended this activity! For those who can't or don't feel confident undertaking the swimming with dolphins experience with Black cat cruisers, "Coast up Close" provides the best up close experience with the Hector's dolphin as the boat is smaller than their cruise boat (we did both) and at he front of the boat you are only about a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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 attraction reviews
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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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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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