Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


At the core, we’re a family business with our management team being 5th & 6th generation Banks Peninsula locals. Alongside our family members, we have a passionate team who are committed to you having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

We keep our passenger groups small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space. Our boat has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the wildlife!

When you board our boat you’ll be offered a complimentary drink. Choose from beer, award-winning local wine or non-alcoholic options. You’ll also enjoy our famous home-baked treats made from our family recipe and served to you by our delightful onboard crew.

We are committed to the conservation of our harbour's environment and wildlife. After all, it’s the centre point of our business.

*Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the departure, with boarding 15 minutes beforehand.



Join us on our luxury catamaran where you will enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour and meet the world's smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, along with New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins, marine salmon, and mussel farms. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. From our check-in team to our skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

*Check-in is 30 minutes prior to the departure, with boarding 15 minutes beforehand.

**Please note, that we do not swim with the dolphins on our tours.

Stop At:

• Akaroa Lighthouse, Beach Road, Akaroa, Akaroa New Zealand
• Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
• Banks Peninsula, 575 Summit Road, Christchurch 8081 New Zealand


  • A complimentary glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic option
  • One of our famous home-baked cookies


  • We do not swim with the dolphins.

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • We do not swim with the dolphins
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

April 2022

Outstanding cruise, George is great captain and storyteller, Hannah provided outstanding service and cookies, Albie was centre of attention. We did see dolphins, penguins and seals today, and 2 hours flew like 5 minutes. Support local family business and pay them a visit if you are in Akaroa, you...

March 2022

Brilliant harbour cruise with Albie the dolphin spotting pup. The crew are wonderfully welcoming, and having a dog on board really was a bonus - lots of cuddles to be had! We saw so many dolphins, swimming around the boat and cresting the surface. Would highly recommend doing this trip.

May 2022

This was a return trip for us having done a similar trip in 1988. The trip is comfortable and very well commentated - you get a really good overview of local history and insight into the town and harbour. We took my elderly parents (80+) and they had a ball. The dolphins were amazing. Highly reco...

May 2022

Great trip. Lovely friendly staff. A delicious glass of wine and informative interesting 2 hour trip. Would recommend to anyone.

April 2022

Watching the dolphins playing and the seals sunbathing. Friendly dog too. The complimentary wine and homemade biscuit were nice as well.

April 2022

Great experience. Loved the boat & crew with a dog to search for the dolphins. I stuffed up booking, but they were awesome with accommodating one more on the boat. A must do with this company when visiting Akaroa.

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from US$56.88 / per person