Akaroa
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Our most recommended Akaroa River & Harbor Cruises

  • Akaroa Harbour 2-Hour Nature Cruise

    1. Akaroa Harbour 2-Hour Nature Cruise

    Experience an award-winning nature cruise of Akaroa Habor. Discover wildlife like dolphins, seals, penguins, and other seabirds. Gaze upon giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past.  Travel on a modern catamaran, which is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. There's lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating for shade and shelter. Inside, for your convenience you'll find a bar and washrooms. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and the history of the harbour. As Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano millions of years ago, there are many spectacular ancient lava flows to be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and a fascinating history, while Nikau Palm Gully is the southernmost limit for these tropical palm trees. There is also the incredib...

    Everything was good, but as a disabled person, it was difficult to get on/off the boat. When I did get on, the only real option for me to sit was at the stern (outside) and I didn't see as much of the sea life as others. It was a bit chilly at times and it would've been very difficult to get inside. However, the other people in my group (7 of them) really enjoyed the trip and probably would've given you 5 stars.

  • Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

    2. Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

    Swim with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. On New Zealand’s ultimate dolphin experience, you’ll have the chance to see and swim with Hector's dolphins close up, in the wild.  Check-in at Akaroa’s main wharf and meet the friendly crew who will provide you with a warm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, booties, gloves, and a hood if necessary. Climb aboard the jet-powered catamaran and cruise out into the sheltered harbor. The highly trained crew will give you a safety briefing and explain how to interact responsibly with the dolphins.  With only 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing the dolphins up close. Gear up and slip into the tranquil harbor waters to join the dolphins their natural habitat. The covered vessel has no propellers, making it safer for you and the dolphins. Warm up in the heated cabin or take a ho...

    Very well organsied, great safety briefing and clear instructions. We swam with about 8 dolpins and a Royal Albatros landed in the water near our group which was an extra bonus to see such a large majestic bird so close.

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What people are saying about Akaroa

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Super boat took us out around the harbour introducing us to a few of the Hector dolphins and many of the seabirds. Then we went out further to sea the caves and geological formations in the cliffs and see the fur seals with their young. Loads of good photo opportunities and a very friendly crew.

Great overall experience. On time went longer than to two hours, great commentary.

every thing is good than the weather. so could not see more dolphins

Was awesome...julian and brie great staff members well done

Very beautiful a calm sunny day and plenty of interest