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“Amazing Experience”
Review of Coast up Close

Coast up Close
Ranked #8 of 28 Tours in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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!
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Tony was super friendly from the second we stepped on the boat. We didn't book ahead of time but that didn't bother him, he let us just hop on and grab a couple of tickets right then. There was a group of about 9 on the tour we went on, and he made us feel comfortable and excited about the trip. He was informative about the animals we were seeing and got the boat real close so we could check out the animals close up. A real family man, he was excited for us when my partner told him we had just gotten engaged a couple hours before, and offered to take a lovely photo of us. I get motion sickness and he was very caring towards that too. Put all that along with his cheap price, and in my eyes it is a sure winner. We have raved about the trip to our friends and family and we will definitely be recommending Coast up Close to everyone!

1  Thank Sara C
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This was a marvellous cruise on an well restored harbour launch in ideal weather conditions. Tony was very knowledgeable about the Harbour and its wildlife and his love and enthuisiasm for this subject was infectious. The small numbers this nature cruise specialises in ensures a very interesting and personalised attraction.

Thank Christchurch
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

I highly recommend this cruise with Tony. Our family spent a lovely afternoon on Tonys very comfortable boat. He's very knowledgeable and enthusiastically showed us the varied wildlife found in Akaroa harbor.

Thank NZAlison
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Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Tony runs a fantastic tour, giving friendly and informative commentary about the landscape and animal life of the Akaroa harbor. I saw a black cat boat tour from the wharf and it was packed, we were free to roam the boat and sit wherever. He also has an amazing eye for animals! He spotted a penguin, seal pups, hectors dolphins and royal albatross! Amazing time! Recommend to all

Thank Luke J
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We went on a whim from the wharf and it was wonderful! It was a great price and expert knowledge about all the aspects of the harbor. It was a real treat to be shown Akaroa Harbor by someone who is not only amazingly knowledgeable, down-to-earth, friendly, and engaging, but also by someone who clearly loves the harbor and the area. Having just a small group was great and his one-man operation was flawless. There was great wildlife with dolphins, seals (darling pups as well!), and a wide range of seabirds. There were great photo opportunities at a comfortable enjoyable pace. We were even fortunate enough to see a little blue penguin at this time of year (molting period, there aren't many around for a few weeks but Tony's knowledge and eagle eyes served us well!) Highest possible recommendation for this trip.

2  Thank antipodal
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