Akaroa Dolphins



76 Rankers Reviews

59 Face-to-Face

1 Dolphin Watching

2 Marine Mammal Swimming

1 Akaroa



Rare Hector's Dolphins
Luxury vessel 'Into the Blue'
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.

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.


Feature Value Info


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  • Dolphin Watching
  • Marine Mammal Swimming


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Inga Hoffmann


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely great trip. We've seen a lot of hector dolphines, penguins and even seals. Great kind staff and a stunning landscappe. Absolute worth the money!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Freddrick Weiser


Ranking: 9/10

Great cruise, friendly staff and knowledgeable captain.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2018

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Mike Dw


Ranking: 9/10

Nice two hour cruise on the open sea. Have seen Hectors Dolphins, penguins and seals, Staff are very helpful and nice.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ross D

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Knowledgeable captain.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Small boat and friendly hosts, special dolphins and penguin detector. Wonderful landscapes and very interesting wildlife, with 100% chance to see dolphins and seals (and sometimes penguins).

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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The Beans

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time using this company. The boat is modern, funky and clean with various seating options. We sat upfront - be prepared to get wet on rocky days - but this was all part of the fun! Very informative throughout and we were also entertained on board by Buster the dolphin-hearing dog. We were given a complimentary drink on arrival (wine, beer or soft) and an enormously tasty home baked cookie during the cruise. A storm had just passed through Akaroa the day before, so we were advised the cruise would be rough (TIP: If you are prone to sea sickness, purchase some Sealegs tablets from the Akaroa pharmacy at least an hour before. Worked wonders for us and ensured we enjoyed the cruise, no matter how rough the sea was). Because of the weather conditions, the route was slightly limited but we still saw plenty of seals and geographical sights. We did catch a short and unexpected glimpse of a dolphin - they just didn't want to make a big appearance that day - which is apparently quite rare. We would definitely use this company again. Great value and excellent customer service and communication to ensure the cruise still went ahead safely, despite the lingering bad weather.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Peter Passlack


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing and super friendly staff. Free drinks and cookies. Family owned. Our guide was really putting an effort in to get us to see some dolphins. We saw lots of em plus seals, penguins and albatross. Definitely worth the money.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Chea Hao Wong


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely pleasant experience. They provide complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and cookies as promised. The crews are informative and friendly. The cruise is comfortable with toilet on board. The Dolphins are lovely and they happily swim around the cruise. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 4 years ago