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Head out on the water with Akaroa Dolphins for a two-hour cruise on their luxurious catamaran, around the Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula. With small group sizes & plenty of room on board, this tour offers you awesome opportunities to get closer to the incredible scenery, rich history and abundant marine life! Akaroa Dolphins have a 98% success rate of spotting the Hectors dolphin.

The Hector’s dolphin are only found around the inshore waters of the South Island, with Akaroa Harbour and Bank’s Peninsula hosting the highest population in one area. They are easily spotted by their distinguishable rounded black dorsal fin which is shaped like a Mickey Mouse ear. They are classified as nationally endangered with a national population thought to be around 10,000. But over 1,000 call Akaroa and Bank’s Peninsula home.

You may even  get to meet Akaroa Dolphin’s famous crew, the Dolphin spotting dogs, who play an important role in locating the Hector’s Dolphins each day. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary NZ Beer or Wine, and some delicious home baking along the way, this really is a luxurious way to spot some of the world’s rarest Dolphins!

As well as dolphins, you’ll see and get close to the dramatic coastline of Banks Peninsula, including sea caves, high cliffs, and volcanic rock formations.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy? 

Akaroa Dolphins captures all the things we love about seriously good tourism operators – it’s family run, has a small passionate team, focused on a high quality intimate experience and is heavily involved in enhancing and conserving the marine environment.  And who doesn’t love a dolphin dog…..

Dolphin Spotting Cruise in Akaroa

2 Hours

$299 NZD

Jump onboard a luxury catamaran and take in the dramatic coastal scenery in search of Hectors dolphins, dramatic scenery and local history. There are even expert dolphin spotting dogs onboard.

Experience provided by

Akaroa Dolphins

Important Information
  • You must pre book this activity
  • You cannot swim with the dolphins
  • The Hectors dolphin are spotted on 98% of cruises
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before you departure time
  • Subject to weather and ocean conditions
  • Departure Times:
    • June – August: 12.45 pm
    • September – May10.15 am & 12.45 pm

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