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Loved it. We were on a full boat but no problem moving around to take pics. of the scenery and the wildlife on view. You are taken out of the harbour and bay area and can see small dolphins, seals and, if you are lucky like us, small penguins. The dolphins particularly seem to enjoy being around the boat. Through Viator is the way to book your trip as the prices are very competitive - if you are going to be there as a stop on a cruise you will find the cruise line prices ridiculously high for similar trips.
Unforgettable tour! We saw lots of dolphins, penguins and seals. Cruise ships offer exactly the same tour for roughly double the price.
Bring extra clothing it's super-cold on the boat and sunscreen. Stand on the bow for the best view.
A very interesting and informative cruise. The dolphins were tricky to find, but we eventually saw them close up. Highly recomended.
This was such a fun cruise. We saw so many beautiful sights and the Hector Dolphin sightings were so much fun to watch these little guys Wonderful crew and alot of information about the harbor.
This was an amazing trip. We saw heaps of sea life and the tour guide was full of local knowledge. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone visiting Akaroa
What a magic cruise. We arrived on our cruise ship and boarded our nature cruise - conveniently located on the same wharf as the tender boats. The harbour is a magic place and seeing it from the water was breathtaking. The fact that the weather was perfect - with little wind - sunny skies and aqua water helped. Our skipper - Julian - was exceptional!! Providing informative and interesting commentary and making sure people on both sides of the boat were able to see the little dolphins. This is another tour that I'd highly recommend - two hours just flew.
Definitely worth the price and offered a beautiful view of the Harbor. Captain was knowledgable and we were able to see dolphins as depicted in the photo. Suggest private walking tour of Akaroa using tourist info headphones and map as we'll. inexpensive
Joseph W Australia
The wind was blowing a gale and the seas very rough but it was a good little cruise. Not many dolphins but we saw seals on the rocks and a pair of penguins
Jesse United States of ...
Unfortunately, our cruise was cancelled when we arrived on the dock on our day as the waters were considered too rough and high winds. I rate the cruise a 5 star anyway as I know it would have been great.
Black cat were brilliant due to traffic problems we arrived late and they put us on the swim with dolphin cruise instead. we had wonderful views of hectors dolphins and penguins swimming alongside boat for almost the entire trip.would recommend this company for both harbour cruise and swim with dolphins.
Chris Hord Australia
Akaroa Harbour is a very nice place to visit if you are in Christchurch. We rented a car and drove 1 and 1/2 hours from Christchurch to Akaroa. The view along the journal was spectacular. The cruise was great and we did manage to see penguine and dolphins on that day. We were given a nice post card to remember after the cruise. We had a great trip.
Neville C Australia
Akaroa is a very beautiful place. o go there and not do a cruise and see the hector dolphins would be a big miss.
Florence S United Kingdom
The most amazing trip. Saw LOTS of Hector dolphins, seals and one penguin. Would recommend highly.
The boat was roomy and comfortable and the guide very informative. We saw the smallest species of dolphin, penguin and baby seals.
Sharon J United States of ...
Nice tour and beautiful sight outside the harbor. We were not fortunate enough to see dolphins, but still enjoyed the trip.
It would have been better to have a pretty day for this cruise, but the clouds did not stop us. The Akaroa harbor is full of wildlife -- Hector's dolphins zooming by so fast you can't catch them in a photo tiny penguins floating by fur seals lazing on the rocks. Enjoyed them all.
We really enjoyed this trip. Boat was comfy even in the rough conditions. The commentary was information and didn't waffle on like so many do. The only negative for us was that a number of other passengers were sick and the behaviour of those passenger, leaving their used sick bags lying on the seats and coffee tables. Those passengers then decided to lay down across 4 seats leaving no room for those returning from the upper decks to sit. The cabin crew could have handled this better.
It was a bit of a dull day weatherise, but the trip itself was well worth the effort. We saw, Hector's dolphins, blue penguins and New Zealand fur seals. the boat was comfortable and there was plenty of seating and vantage points to observe and photograph the wild life.
No Dolphins, but still a great experience, I gained an amazing photo of an Albatros
A thoroughly enjoyable harbour cruise on a modern vessel with excellent commentary from the captain. We saw numerous Hector Dolphins, who delighted in swimming all around the boat, a penguin and some seals, as well as lots of birdlife. On a cautionary note, the sea can become very rough near the harbour entrance into the Pacific Ocean.
Karen Y Australia
Weather a cold and windy. Boat's generator not working so no tea and coffee. Only say one of lot of dolphins
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