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Address: 80 Rue Lavaud | Akaroa Information Centre, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3 304 7255
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A unique journey from the charming shoreline village of Akaroa, up over the...

A unique journey from the charming shoreline village of Akaroa, up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, we will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits.

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I went on a cruise around New Zealand Dec 2016 and this short excursion was my favorite out of all of them! We drove through the most beautiful sheep farm. Sheep everywhere and I... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Fairbanks, Alaska

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

I went on a cruise around New Zealand Dec 2016 and this short excursion was my favorite out of all of them! We drove through the most beautiful sheep farm. Sheep everywhere and I even saw a hair. The drivers had a lot of information about the windmills. We stopped at the most efficient mill on the farm, which was... More 

Thank colettegilmour
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

An excellent shore excursion. Small group. Spectacular scenery. Paul was passionate about sharing his property and his knowledge and love of his seal colony. Wonderful information and to get up close to all the baby seals learning to swim in the rock pools was truly amazing! A definite highlight of our entire trip, as was beautiful Akaroa, a charming town.... More 

Thank KazzaSept2016
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

This was a fantastic tour for a small group. We were a party of 7 with four adults and three kids. This tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Paul has a wealth of knowledge and his property is fabulous. The views were amazing and we were not disappointed when we got to the area where... More 

1 Thank Lynda A
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

A great experience and very personalized tour ( just my husband and I)Paul was very knowledgeable and friendly. The rookery was fantastic and being up close to the seals will be a memory we'll cherish for ever.

1 Thank Denice M
Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

What a great day out with Paul to show us the beautiful countryside. Entertaining information about the history of his farm and the area dating way back. We loved it was a small group (just the two of us!!) and the highlight was getting up close and personal with the beautiful seals and their babies. The setting was so natural,... More 

Thank Michelle1inCairns
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

As many others have reviewed, this tour was certainly a highlight of our day in Akaroa as a family of 5 adults. The tour does not have more than 8 people which is just perfect. On our particular tour it was just us and another couple. Paul was knowledgeable and dedicated to ensure a good experience is had by all.... More 

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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Booked this tour for my cousin and myself on our last day in Akaroa. We were absolutely blown away by the tour. Paul is a great guide and full of information. The tour was intimate and we got really close to wild seals. We learnt so much about seals and Akaroa and had an amazing experience. I can't recommend this... More 

Thank Cara N
Hickory, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This was a great trip. Great scenic drive through Paul's farm down to the beach where the seals were. Paul was full of information about the colony and the mating habits. Really great to see the males, and the mother's taking care of their pups. Enjoyed the education about sheep farming and the area as well.

Thank PalmtreeSA
Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Take one of the boats from Akaroa wharf and just go out into the harbour,you will not only see seals,but dolphins ,little penguin and sea birds. You can swim with the dolphins and experience close up.

Thank Julia G
Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Seal Safari was a terrific day to spend the day in Akaroa. Not only did we see seals and more seals,but we also saw the landscape as I am sure that few on the larger commercial tours do. The tour only accommodates 6 due to the vehicle limit over the off-road area traveled. Best of all was our host... More 

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Thanks Naplesmarty. A pleasure taking you. More 

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