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Coast up Close

#8 of 23 Tours in Akaroa
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Address: Main Wharf Akaroa, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
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Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and...

Experience the fantastic coastline around Akaroa in a spacious and comfortable Kauri launch. Local skipper, Tony, takes small groups to view the amazing wildlife,including penguins,dolphins, fur seals, and spectacular rock formations and sea caves.Terrific photo opportunities!

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I had the pleasure of working with Tony for Coast up Close this past season, and after working for multiple different tourism companies I can say with confidence that working for... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the pleasure of working with Tony for Coast up Close this past season, and after working for multiple different tourism companies I can say with confidence that working for Tony has been my favorite company I have ever worked for! Tony is a very very experienced sea-man and I have learned SO much from working with him. Safety... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently enjoyed one of Tony's, Coast Up Close, wildlife tours while spending five days at Akaroa. We particularly appreciated his and his crew's warm welcome, and their personal approach to imparting intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the area to all on board. The experience was made even better by his being a small (but very seaworthy) vessel and... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tony's trip is really good. Beautiful scenery and got great views of Hector's dolphins and other wildlife. Well run trip, comfortable boat and I highly recommend it.

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Shetland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Had a very pleasant trip to see the wildlife around the coast of Akaroa, saw a lot of different species, Dolphins, seals, penguins, and a lot of bird life. Tony and his crew gave us an excellent commentary of the wildlife and the surrounding fractures of the area. We had plenty of space to move around and get photographs as... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing trip with Tony and Buddy. Tony takes small groups out on his boat and is charming, knowledgable and personable. He knows where to find the wildlife we all crave to see in their natural surroundings. So pleased we chose this boat trip over and above the other trips available from Akoroa. He even managed to organise a beautiful sunny... More 

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Two of us came for a dolphin tour on the 26th Feb. Tony, the guy who runs it, is a very friendly guy. Himself and his staff are very knowledgeable and briefed us very well at each interesting spot of the tour. Their dog, Buddy, contributes hugely for the friendly atmosphere on the boat. We saw dolphins, penguins, sea lions,... More 

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Thank thclozel
Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

Knowledgeable and efficient skipper, Tony. Beautiful weather. We saw blue penguins, yellow eyed penguins, lots of seals, royal albatross, petrel, hector dolphins etc. Tony knows where to go and what to look for. He threw in a fishing line and allowed our friend to reel in the fish then used that to bait a lobster pot, which had a lobster... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2017

My wife and I are cruising on the Azamara Journey. We decided to join this excursion from Akaroa on impulse and are so glad we did. Splendid weather helped but the Boat Captain Tony and his assistants Megan and Anna ( two young natural science graduates) went out of their way to make our tour informative and memorable.We saw Hector's... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful weather, small boat, deep knowledge of area's history, nature and wildlife by skipper Tony, opportunity to take great pictures made for fantastic morning in Akaroa. Thanks to Tony, his crew and his new puppy for unforgettable experience!

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Reviewed 10 February 2017

We were booked to take a morning boat tour with Coast Up Close but due to the very, very slow tendering process off our cruise ship, we missed the tour. We spoke to the operator when they returned to port and he gave us an email address to contact and said our money would be refunded. We have just had... More 

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