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.


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

What to expect


As a holder of a New Zealand Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Viewing Permit, we are legally authorized to take guests on dolphin and seal viewing tours. We are proud to be one of only two year-round operators in Akaroa Harbour with this permit, so we encourage you to choose responsibly.

Enjoy a 2-hour nature cruise on our luxury catamaran in Akaroa Harbour, a hotspot for Hector's dolphins, White-flippered penguins, and New Zealand fur seals. While we can't guarantee sightings as the animals are wild, we have a high success rate. If you don't see dolphins, cruise with us again for free. Our friendly check-in team, skippers, onboard guides, and expert dolphin-spotting dogs equipped with life-vests will ensure an unforgettable experience.

As a conservation measure, we do not swim with the dolphins.

To redeem a voucher, promotion code, or Top10 membership card, please contact us directly via phone or email. We cannot offer discounts after a booking has been made online.

Please note, check-in is no later than 30 minutes prior to the departure, with boarding 15 minutes beforehand.

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

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We do not swim with the dolphins
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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


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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