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Akaroa Dolphins

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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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cruise 5.3. 2017

We booked the cruise to watch the hector dolphins and the little blue penguin. It was wonderful. At the beginning a glass of wine and a very nice trip. Desiree was the guide, she... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

We booked the cruise to watch the hector dolphins and the little blue penguin. It was wonderful. At the beginning a glass of wine and a very nice trip. Desiree was the guide, she was great, showed us the little penguin swimming in the pacific. even the captain was asking the guests, how they liked the trip. Highly recommended!!!

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and recommending us! I will pass on your kind words to Desiree. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins More 

Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

After arriving at Akaroa on the Emerald Princess we disembarked around midday and had a leisurely stroll up the main street to the where the Akaroa Dolphins Catamaran was waiting for us. We were greeted at the pier by the owner, Pip, who was welcoming and friendly and she provided us with some of the history of Akaroa before we... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words and recommending us. We are very passionate about giving our passengers the best experience possible. It was so lovely meeting you. Enjoy the rest of your cruise around NZ. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster. More 

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Thank you so much for the wonderfull time onboard, we saw plenty of wildlife, even more than we thought we would: Hector dolphins, blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins (!), seals, shags, terns and even northern giant petrels!! I really appreciated that the crew respects the wildlife too, if the animal seems bothered we just move on. We saw beautiful geology too.... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for supporting our local and family owned company. It was a pleasure having you on our cruise and we are delighted you had a great time. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Stonehouse, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Excellent trip from the moment you join the catamaran. Small numbers which was great & very knowledgeable captain to tell you all about the area & wildlife. Certainly recommend the trip.

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Thank you for taking the time to review us, it is much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Bainsey, Tracy and Buster the dolphin dog certainly made the trip worthwhile. A complimentary wine or beer or soft drink as you set off up the beautiful picturesque Akaroa Harbour. It didn't take too long to see our first pod of Hector Dolphins and soon they were playing along the bow of the boat. Bainsey is very informative and stops... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for your complimentary comments of your experience with Akaroa Dolphins. I have shown your review to Bainzy and Tracey, it made their day. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster. More 

california
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5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We loved our cruise with Akaroa Dolphins. We were greeted at the pier by the owner, Pip, who was welcoming and friendly. She gave us some of the history of Akaroa before we boarded their lovely boat. We were greeted on the boat by Buster the dolphin spotting dog who was a fun little guy to have along. The cruise... More 

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

It was so nice meeting you. Thank you for your brilliant review and your wonderful recommendation. Your posting is much appreciated. Many thanks. From us all at Akaroa Dolphins including our Dolphin Dogs. More 

Holmsund, Sweden
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Had an amazing tour with Akaroa Dolpins! Saw many dolphins, sealions, a few blue penguins and other birds. Beautiful coastlines outside of Akaroa. Straff was very nice and we felt very well taken care of. I would rekomend this tour to everyone who visit the beautiful town of Akaroa🇳🇿

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us kow about your experience. We are so very lucky to be able to share the wildlife and harbour with you. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience with the crew. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

Oxford
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Had a super trip saw loads of dolphins, some penguins and seals. Great crew family run firm. The dog was fun and we got a drink and cookies.

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AkaroaDolphins, Owner at Akaroa Dolphins, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review, it is very much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Akaroa. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including our dolphin dogs. More 

northumberland
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful time my husband and I had on 'Into the Blue' with Mark & Desiree and Buster the dog (dolphin spotter!) on their wildlife cruise! Aptly named, we saw loads of wildlife, the best being the rare Hector's dolphin. A pod of around eight rewarded us with their playful antics, zooming around the front of boat. Absolutely brilliant.... 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 us. We are so thrilled you had a wonderful time. Thank you also for sharing your beautiful photos. From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

From the moment we were welcomed aboard by Buster the Dolphin dog to the moment we stepped back on shore it was brilliant. We saw everything dolphins, seals, penguins and diving birds. Out to the South Pacific and around the beautiful harbour of Akaroa. Loved it

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Our team at Akaroa Dolphins really appreciate your comments. We are so glad you loved it! From all the team at Akaroa Dolphins including Buster! More 

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