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Akaroa Dolphins

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Akaroa Dolphins
Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery through the long history of Akaroa harbour and its inhabitants. Our low-lying luxurious, spacious boat ensures you have a closer encounter with the rare Hector’s dolphins. We also endeavour to give you the best possible viewing of our local New Zealand fur seals, penguins and seabirds. Along the way, you will get to see sea caves and other spectacular volcanic formations too. We offer a friendly and comfortable experience that includes complimentary drinks of local award-winning wine, beer or juice, as well as some delicious home baking. Our 100% locally owned and operated business is committed to raising awareness and protecting the marine environment. That is why a portion of your fare goes towards protecting our wildlife. To find out more about our conservation commits please visit our website. Please note, we do not swim with the dolphins.
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Spot Akaroa Harbour’s rare Hector’s dolphins on a catamaran wildlife cruise that includes fresh-baked cookies and a drink. The 2-hull catamaran offers more stability and deck space than a single-hull boat, ensuring a comfortable spot as you scan for fur seals, white-flippered penguins, and other wildlife.Trained, dolphin-spotting dogs are on board for the best possible chance of encountering dolphins.
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elaine c wrote a review Oct 27
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
Great day out despite only a few glimpses of the dolphins. Skipper Stew did his best to find more but they just didn't want to be found. A suggestion of improvement would be to add a speaker at the back of the boat as we could hardly hear Stew's great commentary about Akaroa's history and things to look at.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded yesterday
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are glad that you had a great time with Stew. He is a very passionate skipper. We are sorry that you had trouble hearing the commentary. I will be sure to share your feedback with the rest of the team as we are always looking for ways to improve. Thank you again and please take care.
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sallyrlfrench wrote a review Oct 25
Rotorua, New Zealand15 contributions2 helpful votes
This was the answer to a bucket list dream. A beautiful day, amazing comfort, and excellent crew... including Albie the dog! The rhetoric was excellent. I chose to stand at the front of the boat, others sat at the back or inside. There was so much room to move! The cruise started with an introduction to the staff... and a beer(my choice!) Ended with home baking, I was hungry by then. Two hours was perfect timing and I don't know where the time went. Do you see the ghost in my photo. I had to copy the photo from my camera but I can see it.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded yesterday
Lovely review! Thank you so much for choosing to cruise with us. It is wonderful to hear you had a great time and enjoyed everything on board. And wow! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your photo! I will pass this onto the whole team at Akaroa Dolphins. :)
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swilliams wrote a review Oct 25
Ashburton, New Zealand47 contributions4 helpful votes
We really enjoyed this experience. The crew were all very friendly and Buster the dolphin spotting dog was extra cute!! We saw lots of dolphins, fur seals and plenty of sea birds and the commentary with info about the area was great too. Definitely recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Manager at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded yesterday
Thank you so much for your lovely review and for recommending us. It was a pleasure being able to show you our backyard. Sounds like you had a great time with us. Thank you for coming out! I will give Buster "a good job" pat from you :)
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Helen M wrote a review Oct 12
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This trip was the best. It is a family business and the experience was incredibly intimate and special. Buster the “dolphin spotting” dog on board was extra cute. Barnsey and Marie took great care of us. We would choose to do this again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for cruising with us and supporting our little family-owned business. I agree, Buster sure is an adorable dolphin spotting dog! We would happily welcome you back anytime! Thank you from the team at Akaroa Dolphins :)
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Trish C wrote a review Oct 11
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We had a magical time. Great day for spotting all the wildlife. Commentary on the trip was perfect by the knowledgeable skipper and crew including our 4 legged furry dolphin spotter. Highly recommended.
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Response from AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for this beautiful review and for recommending us! We are happy to hear that you had a magical time seeing the Hector's dolphins and other wildlife. Our dolphin spotting dogs are awesome, aren't they!
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