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Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7540, New Zealand
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Excellent knowledge

Really enjoyed our trip with local skipper, Tony. Very informative and the beauty of a small vessel... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2018
AliBar
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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Excellent Harbour Cruise

We chose Coast up Close after recommendation from Top 10 reception. I called the number and the... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
Sue M
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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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Hours Today: 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7540, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our trip with local skipper, Tony. Very informative and the beauty of a small vessel is that he can get into the little coves the larger boats can’t. Saw dolphins, seals, pups, penguins, shags etc. Good discussion re ecology and how the large...More

Thank AliBar
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We chose Coast up Close after recommendation from Top 10 reception. I called the number and the owner answered. Very pleasant and helpful. The boat is smaller than some of the others in the harbour but this gives a more personal touch to the cruise....More

Thank Sue M
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

Very interesting trip with Tony our skipper. Saw Penguins,Fur Seals,Shags and Dolphins that nearly landed on the boat they were so close.The trip was a bit choppy but all under control.

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Reviewed March 17, 2018

Great trip in Akaroa bay. Saw Hector’s Dolphin within a few minutes of setting off, (we also saw Shag, Penguins, Seals and an Albatross). The trip was very informative and they show a good respect for the Wildlife. Fairly small boat and not too crowded....More

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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Although the weather was not as warm as we would have liked we had a great trip out with Tony and little Buddy. He and his crew member were really knowledgeable about the area and shared with everyone. Although we didn't spot any penguins we...More

Thank Gadabout412
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Tony and Cynthia Muir run a boat tour of the coast near Akaroa, NZ. Tony is a native and knows where to find much of the wildlife that inhabits this area. He is knowledgable and the tour was very interesting. We saw seals, penguins (swimming),...More

Thank Sandy W
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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

We booked last minute, just 1.5 hours before the trip. A small group on a small boat meant we could see the dolphins in the water easily. We also saw fur seals, penguins and shags. Both the captain and the assistant were friendly and knowledgeable...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

We had a great experience with Tony and Olivia on the morning cruise. We saw penguins of various types, dolphins and seals. And of course the view was breathtaking too. I really recommend Tony's sailing: it is in small groups in a pleasant boat that...More

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Reviewed March 2, 2018

We booked this trip last minute and we were really pleased we did so. The weather wasn't on our side, it was cold, but we had appropriate clothing (always take a thick jumper on these trips!). We didn't see much to begin with but about...More

Thank micthemini
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Reviewed February 24, 2018

We arrived in Akaroa on a cruise ship and originally wanted to do a kayak tour. However those were sold out (lesson learned - book in advance!) and we were looking for an alternative. Akaroa is a small town and without a tour or excursion...More

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Response from awayagainBrisbaneQLD | Reviewed this property |
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