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Address: 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of...

Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife of Banks Peninsula aboard our stylish vessel, 'Into the Blue'. Highlights of our cruises include the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins, sea birds, spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. We give you an intimate and luxurious experience, starting with home-baking and complimentary drinks, including award winning wine and beer, when you step aboard.

Our 100% locally owned and operated team will show you the Peninsula like only a local can. See why we’re winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in New Zealand. Our track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience speaks for itself.

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Best snap decision of the trip

We were walking past the Wharf, an hour after arriving, when a friendly woman called Pip, charmed us aboard her vessel. Within minutes we had a beer in hand, my seasick prone... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were walking past the Wharf, an hour after arriving, when a friendly woman called Pip, charmed us aboard her vessel. Within minutes we had a beer in hand, my seasick prone companion had a piece of tissue stuck in her ear (the power of placebo-it worked), and we were off. Buster the dolphin spotting schnauzer was resting by the... More 

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Thank MissBabs64
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It was lovely to meet you both and we are so thrilled you decided to take our cruise on the spur of the moment. Thank you for your brilliant, informative review and your wonderful recommendation. Many thanks. From the team at Akaroa Dolphins including the Dolphin Dogs. More 

Napier, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We recently enjoyed a wonderful cruise on Akaroa Harbor. Beautiful boat and really friendly hosts - we saw dolphins seals and penguins. Thoroughly recommend this cruise if you're visiting Akaroa

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Thank baryjane
AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and recommendation. It is always so nice to receive such positive feedback. It was a pleasure having you on board. Many thanks from us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A terrrific cruise for viewing wildlife- knowledgeable captain found more dolphins, penguins and birds tjam expected - topped off with a lovely glass of local wine! Recommend thoroughly!

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is perfect for a good weather day. The staff are very good and informative. We were lucky to see penguin, dolphins and turtles. A good 2 hours with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Not cheap but worth it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite grey skies this was a superb trip. We saw an amazing number of dolphins, some great views of seals and a few penguins. The service and commentary were excellent and we learnt a lot about the importance of conservation in the area. This is a local family business and they look after you really well with warm jackets, complimentary... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your complimentary and comprehensive review of your cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. You have given great joy and smiles to all our team in receiving this brilliant review. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite cloud weather we enjoyed this boat trip especially due to an excellent service with a friendly attitude.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your cruise. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked online and arrived to collect tickets 15 minutes early as directed. We ambled over to the jetty and the people departing were all happy, smiling and buzzy! We sat at the front of the boat and this was the best seat if you don't mind a bit of wind- we loved it, it was exhilarating! The trip was... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your brilliant review and we couldn't have asked for a better review than this. Our team are very passionate about giving you the best experience on the cruise. Desiree still has a smile on her face. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

wash dc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely a high point of our trip to New Zealand because the Captain went out of his way to show us small blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and Hector Dolphins. He kept the boat steady so we could photograph these remarkable creatures. The beverage and cookies were a nice touch and the Cairn terrier who alerted us to the... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It is wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your Akaroa Dolphins harbour cruise Thank you for choosing Akaroa Dolphins and for your positive feedback. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in New Zealand. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed boat trip. We managed to see several pods of hector dolphins, penguins and seals. Staff were fantastic, very informative and Baxter the dog was a star. Tour included a beverage and homemade cookie. We really felt this was good value for money considering you are out on the water for two hours. Definitely the highlight of our few... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your amazing comments. How special is it to receive a review saying that our cruise was a highlight of your time in Akaroa. It was a pleasure taking you on our cruise with the team at Akaroa Dolphins. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Frankfurt, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very Nice trip on the sea, in fact it was the Ocean. WE saw slot of fur seals also young ones. And on the way back some 10 to 15 black fin dolphins. They swam with the boat for about 20 minutes, jumping in front of the boat etc. The captain know a lot about the animals and the birds

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Our team appreciate your wonderful review. We are pleased we are able to share our environment and the special wildlife we have here in Akaroa Harbour, especially our Hector's Dolphin. Many thanks for choosing our cruise company and taking the time to place your feedback. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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