Akaroa Dolphins

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Inga Hoffmann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely great trip. We've seen a lot of hector dolphines, penguins and even seals. Great kind staff and a stunning landscappe. Absolute worth the money!!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Freddrick Weiser

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Great cruise, friendly staff and knowledgeable captain.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2018

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Mike Dw

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Nice two hour cruise on the open sea. Have seen Hectors Dolphins, penguins and seals, Staff are very helpful and nice.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Ross D

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Knowledgeable captain.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Nolwen

France

Ranking: 9/10

Small boat and friendly hosts, special dolphins and penguin detector. Wonderful landscapes and very interesting wildlife, with 100% chance to see dolphins and seals (and sometimes penguins).

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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The Beans

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a great time using this company. The boat is modern, funky and clean with various seating options. We sat upfront - be prepared to get wet on rocky days - but this was all part of the fun! Very informative throughout and we were also entertained on board by Buster the dolphin-hearing dog. We were given a complimentary drink on arrival (wine, beer or soft) and an enormously tasty home baked cookie during the cruise. A storm had just passed through Akaroa the day before, so we were advised the cruise would be rough (TIP: If you are prone to sea sickness, purchase some Sealegs tablets from the Akaroa pharmacy at least an hour before. Worked wonders for us and ensured we enjoyed the cruise, no matter how rough the sea was). Because of the weather conditions, the route was slightly limited but we still saw plenty of seals and geographical sights. We did catch a short and unexpected glimpse of a dolphin - they just didn't want to make a big appearance that day - which is apparently quite rare. We would definitely use this company again. Great value and excellent customer service and communication to ensure the cruise still went ahead safely, despite the lingering bad weather.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Peter Passlack

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing and super friendly staff. Free drinks and cookies. Family owned. Our guide was really putting an effort in to get us to see some dolphins. We saw lots of em plus seals, penguins and albatross. Definitely worth the money.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Chea Hao Wong

Malaysia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely pleasant experience. They provide complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and cookies as promised. The crews are informative and friendly. The cruise is comfortable with toilet on board. The Dolphins are lovely and they happily swim around the cruise. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Caroline Shaw

England

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome trip, you have to be patient, it took us three attempts to swim with the dolphins but well worth the wait.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful cruise, nice people, we saw dolphins and seals. We loved Hector, the dog on the boat, He barked when he saw or heard dolphins - so cute.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Pierre Mathis

France

Ranking: 10/10

An incredible experience, one of the best memories I have ever had!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Kim-Lara

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You can see the worlds smartest dolphins and swim with them! After hours in the (cold) water you get hot chocolate and back at the office you can take a hot shower! Only problem is sometimes you cannot see many dolphins but then you get some money back.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Tamara

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice and friendly team, good service and they showed us more than just the dolphins.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Estelle Daniel

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent cruise for our last day in NZ! Hector dolphins, birds, penguins, seals & amazing scenery! The crew was very professional & nice, great memories before our flight!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Sandra P

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent experience, we came very very close to the dolphins, very individual handled. We recommend the guys fom Akaroa Dolphins

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Marie Schmid

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great nature cruise through Akaroa Harbour. Family owned business. Incredibly friendly hosts.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Angie Cairns

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent staff, value for money, considerate boatmanship, wonderful dolphin dog! Altogether a great deal and worth every penny! Saw dolphins and more.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Jimmy Shaw

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing trip out on the harbour. Right from the person who sold us the ticket in the shop, through to the wonderful friendly crew on board, we could not fault the service. The scenery and wildlife were spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed having such a wonderful commentary telling us all about the sights we were seeing. Murf Murf the dolphin dog was priceless with his ability to locate the dolphins and a wonderful addition to the trip. All in all a fabulous trip and we would highly recommend Akaroa Dolphins to anyone looking for a cruise out on Akaroa Harbour.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Erik Muchembled

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice staff, beautiful boat, very good trip.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Alexander Mukasa

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Good kayaks, helpful staff.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Tanja Schlagermann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Best price in town and we saw dolphins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Roger Hawkins

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great service, informative captain/guide. 2 hours of fun and information - saw many dolphins.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Andrea Lang

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphin watching in Akaroa, very nice and personal - not commercial.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Wendy Hawkins

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great commentary of local history and wildlife. Loved 'murph' the dog who can hear the dolphins coming before we saw them. Complimentary drink and homemade biscuit. Very friendly crew.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Xtian_P

France

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful and very intimate cruise. Only 8 on a luxury boat. We saw dolphins and other wildlife.
Very funny dog that hear the dolphins, so you are prepare to see and photograph them. The hosts are excellent and give a lot of information and give us all the time we need to enjoy the wildlife.
Highly recommended

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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michellephil

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely wonderful! They offered us a drink when we first boarded. We choose to sit at the top, and the view was amazing - a nice cosy area too. Felt like real luxury - at a really good price. I'm thinking thought that the thing that sets this service apart from all the others is the staff - super friendly and the skipper provided really brilliant commentary - Funny, and he was talking with the same level of enthusiasm you'd expect someone describing it for the first time to have - and he must have done it a million times. A++++++

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Uwe Herrdum

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice day cruise within a beautiful environment. Very friendly and knowledgable skipper.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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mandd

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We were made very welcome on arrival with a welcome drink. It was a perfect day for our trip. The boat is not too big and there were not too many people aboard so it felt quite personal. Murphy is amazing and hears the echos of the Hector Dolphins before they appear. We saw a pod of approx 20 dolphins. The hosts were very thorough explaining the sights. We also saw nz fur seals and a penguin. This trip was on the last day of our month long nz adventure and a wonderful end to a wonderful adventure.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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nztintin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great cruise, very knowledgeable skipper and staff, Murphy the dolphin spotting dog is a great character and added to the fun. awesome experience!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Orlando

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing tour. An opportunity to see Hector Dolphins, seals, blue penguins and more.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Francis Corrigan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent value for money tour where we saw seals, dolphins and the amazing volcanic coastline. Well run, small company with an excellent skipper.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Edward Marhi

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Only one firm now does it. Good information even about the land.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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John & Vicki

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

This was a great cruise with personal attention - extra effort was made to make this an excellent sight seeing trip.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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G Tulloch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great company, we did not get to swim with dolphins though we received a refund because of that.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Sandra Schulz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Be aware! This is not that 'swim with the dolphin' thing. But they give you a nearly 2 hour round trip around Akaroa. Views of dolphin, fur seals, penguins and a deep inside in Akaroa history. Last but not least enjoy the included drinks and cookies. For swimming with dolphins go to Black Cat Cruises. It is ok but not more.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Robin Adair

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A great tour as boat was small and personal. More than just dolphins, albatross, penguins. Guides know their stuff.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Katie Mitchell

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Loved this cruise, we saw heaps of the gorgeous little Hector's Dolphins. Staff were very friendly & information & we got a nice cuppa & home made cookie as well.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2008

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Derek Puplett

England

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly knowledgable crew, very obliging. Good views of dolphins, penguins and seals as promised.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Martin Current

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very good and helpful team who were experienced and confident, prepared to take time to see the wildlife.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Hartmut Vogt

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Very personal boat trip, got to see Hector dolphins, the owner Tony is a very friendly charater, small boat = small group.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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allesca

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great boat: small and comfortable with knowledgeable, hospitable and friendly crew. Lots of dolphins in the harbour on the day we went and I'd rather have spent more time with them than going right out to the harbour entrance,but probably others on board would have complained if they'd missed that. Home-made cookies a real bonus!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Mary Van

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

We really enjoyed the tour infomation and saw seals and penguins.... The crew worked hard to keep us happy, sadly the swell caused some seasickness as we ventured out to find the dolphins but generally the boat was comfortable.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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penz

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

This trip was a highlight of our visit to Akaroa. The captain was knowledgeable and we enjoyed learning about the history of the area. Very good wine served and saw lots of dolphins and seals. It was more expensive than the milford sound cruise we did but still lovely.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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victoriauk

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Scenic cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Boat went despite only 3 passengers. Very informative and good fun. Saw dolphins. Drinks were provided on-board. $60 felt a little expensive.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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M Sicard

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Small boat very friendly personnal well worth $50

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Susanne Strassmann

Switzerland

Ranking: 6/10

Are mainly interested in doing business. Not very helpful. Short information and too strict.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Thorben Thede

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very familiar atmosphere on the boar with a complementary rink and cookie cute dog on the boat and a very nice tour around Akaroa Harbour.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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katharina

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

seeing dolphins! only 6 people on the boat. very good.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Roma

France

Ranking: 10/10

Like it very much

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Keith Wilde

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

great trip on small catamaran with friendly and enthusiastic crew, saw hectors dolphins and furseal colony.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Lasse Olesen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Sarah Goeckener

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We saw a lot of dolphins.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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HairyHaggis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We had a fantastic trip with this company - everyone involved was friendly and helpful. It was undoubtedly worth every penny - saw lots of dolphins, some fur seals and even a couple of penguins, as well as umpteen shags and gulls. The commentary was clear and informative - learned lots and also aware that these people are doing something they know and enjoy so want us to share it too! The boat is perfect as it's not too big and very stable, also low enough at the back to feel you can almost touch the dolphins - we got fantastic videos and photos. Murphy the dog is a marvel - if you watch him, you'll know exactly where the wildlife is going to appear next! We went out on the most amazing day weather-wise, which obviously added to the trip.
The complimetary drink and home baking was an added bonus :)

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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JudithLehr

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

A good organised company, we saw dolphins and swimmed in the sea, but the dolphins went away, so we got some money back.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Akaroa Dolphins responds:

Our company "Akaroa Dolphins" does not have a permitt to swim with dolphins, we offer a two hour wildlife cruise and would hope to show you not only our very special and rare Hectors Dolphins but also NZ fur seals,Little Blue Penguins, visit sea caves and have a really good look around Akaroa's Beautiful volcanic harbour. If you are ever in Akaroa again please come and visit us at 65 Beach Road and you will be guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

Regards
The Akaroa Dolphins Team.

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StijnH

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly, lots of info.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JaninaF

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We saw dolphins, seals & penguins. Nice crew, resonable price.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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StefanGermany1

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice but not so many dolphins. The tour was really nice though.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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FramiskaH

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice and friendly staff. Small boat, free drinks and cookies (:

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JesusB

Spain

Ranking: 7/10

I was expecting more contact with dolphins.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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XaviG

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful activity.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ronny

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Compared with kayak trips, too loud and stinky by motor boat. ;)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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ChristinaV

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Great company. Good guides and a lot of interesting information.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Steven

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent company. Superb guides. Equipment and of course dolphins.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Tatjane

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Cheaper than "swimming with dolphins", you see dolphins.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ben Ackland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Saw three of four dolphins, nice place to sail around. Complimentary beer! Really good tour - they tried really hard to find dolphins for us.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Tessa McCormick

England

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome. Fantastic to see the dolphins.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago