Reviews and travel ratings on Akaroa Dolphins in New Zealand (82% from 49 reviews) Your intimate dolphin experience

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Rare Hector's Dolphins

Rare Hector's Dolphins

Luxury vessel 'Into the Blue'

Luxury vessel 'Into the Blue'

Stunning scenery

Stunning scenery

Your intimate dolphin experience

Welcome to Akaroa, New Zealand, one of the world’s most beautiful places. Let us take you on a journey of discovery through millions of years of fascinating history and natural heritage.

Your hosts Pip and Hugh Waghorn, Craig and Georgie Rhodes and crew look forward to hosting you aboard our stylish catamaran for the cruise of a lifetime around Akaroa Harbour.

- Akaroa Nature Cruises
- Akaroa Harbour Cruises
- Hector’s Dolphin Viewing
- Evening Cruises
- Weddings & Honeymoons
- Corporate Functions
- Private Charter

Akaroa Harbour is one of two large harbours which make up Banks Peninsula in the scenic South Island of New Zealand. A cruise with Akaroa Dolphins is the ideal way to enjoy this beautiful place.
Our stylish vessel, Into the Blue, offers guests an intimate and personal cruise experience. Our vessel is fast, stable and manoeuvrable allowing you to visit the spectacular sea caves, volcanic formations, high cliffs and bird nesting sites both within Akaroa Harbour and beyond the entrance along the Pacific Ocean coastline. A comprehensive commentary on geology, history, ecology and Maori heritage and traditions is included.

DAY CRUISES
Summer – 10.15am, 12.45pm, 3.15pm
Winter – 12.45pm and other times by arrangement

EVENING CRUISES – from 6.00pm (by arrangement)
Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Into the Blue is available for private charter by arrangement for individuals, couples, groups or families.
Complimentary wine for adults, hot and cold drinks and fresh home baking are served on board.

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Contact Details

Email: cruise@akaroadolphins.co.nz

Website: Akaroa Dolphins

Phone: 0800 99 01 02

Phone (intl): +643 304 7866

Akaroa Address:
65 Beach Road, Akaroa

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Tours depart from the end of the main wharf, Akaroa

49 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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Jimmy Shaw

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing trip out on the harbour. Right from the person who sold us the ticket in the shop, through to the wonderful ...

Amazing trip out on the harbour. Right from the person who sold us the ticket in the shop, through to the wonderful friendly crew on board, we could not fault the service. The scenery and wildlife were spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed having such a wonderful commentary telling us all about the sights we were seeing. Murf Murf the dolphin dog was priceless with his ability to locate the dolphins and a wonderful addition to the trip. All in all a fabulous trip and we would highly recommend Akaroa Dolphins to anyone looking for a cruise out on Akaroa Harbour.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Erik Muchembled

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice staff, beautiful boat, very good trip.

Nice staff, beautiful boat, very good trip.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Alexander Mukasa

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Good kayaks, helpful staff.

Good kayaks, helpful staff.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tanja Schlagermann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Best price in town and we saw dolphins.

Best price in town and we saw dolphins.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2013

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Roger Hawkins

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great service, informative captain/guide. 2 hours of fun and information - saw many dolphins.

Great service, informative captain/guide. 2 hours of fun and information - saw many dolphins.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Andrea Lang

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphin watching in Akaroa, very nice and personal - not commercial.

Dolphin watching in Akaroa, very nice and personal - not commercial.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Wendy Hawkins

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great commentary of local history and wildlife. Loved 'murph' the dog who can hear the dolphins coming before we saw ...

Great commentary of local history and wildlife. Loved 'murph' the dog who can hear the dolphins coming before we saw them. Complimentary drink and homemade biscuit. Very friendly crew.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Xtian_P

France

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful and very intimate cruise. Only 8 on a luxury boat. We saw dolphins and other wildlife.
Very funny dog that ...

Wonderful and very intimate cruise. Only 8 on a luxury boat. We saw dolphins and other wildlife.
Very funny dog that hear the dolphins, so you are prepare to see and photograph them. The hosts are excellent and give a lot of information and give us all the time we need to enjoy the wildlife.
Highly recommended

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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michellephil

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely wonderful! They offered us a drink when we first boarded. We choose to sit at the top, and the view was ...

Absolutely wonderful! They offered us a drink when we first boarded. We choose to sit at the top, and the view was amazing - a nice cosy area too. Felt like real luxury - at a really good price. I'm thinking thought that the thing that sets this service apart from all the others is the staff - super friendly and the skipper provided really brilliant commentary - Funny, and he was talking with the same level of enthusiasm you'd expect someone describing it for the first time to have - and he must have done it a million times. A++++++

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Uwe Herrdum

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice day cruise within a beautiful environment. Very friendly and knowledgable skipper.

Nice day cruise within a beautiful environment. Very friendly and knowledgable skipper.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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mandd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We were made very welcome on arrival with a welcome drink. It was a perfect day for our trip. The boat is not too ...

We were made very welcome on arrival with a welcome drink. It was a perfect day for our trip. The boat is not too big and there were not too many people aboard so it felt quite personal. Murphy is amazing and hears the echos of the Hector Dolphins before they appear. We saw a pod of approx 20 dolphins. The hosts were very thorough explaining the sights. We also saw nz fur seals and a penguin. This trip was on the last day of our month long nz adventure and a wonderful end to a wonderful adventure.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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nztintin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great cruise, very knowledgeable skipper and staff, Murphy the dolphin spotting dog is a great character and added to...

Great cruise, very knowledgeable skipper and staff, Murphy the dolphin spotting dog is a great character and added to the fun. awesome experience!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Orlando

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing tour. An opportunity to see Hector Dolphins, seals, blue penguins and more.

Amazing tour. An opportunity to see Hector Dolphins, seals, blue penguins and more.

Reviewed about 3 years ago