Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise - Reviews

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m.tompsett

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Amazing experience- boat crew made sure we saw the wild birds up close- an absolute Must Do excursion.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

We saw lots of amazing coastal scenery and a variety of wildlife including little penguins, dolphins, seals, shags and other birdlife.
Good commentary. Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate available but not strongly promoted.

Roslyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great trip - even with the poor weather conditions.

Elisa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

We were lucky to see a seal having an octopus meal. Some spectacular scenery.

jstrasser

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great tour worth the time to do this lovely dream and very scenic drive from Christchurch to Akoroa

Samir

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Great tour. Our guide was fantastic and took us to beautiful spots all around the harbour while explaining everything in great detail. Got to see a lot of beautiful animals!

Lyskira

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This community was my absolute favorite in New Zealand. During our Harbour Cruise, we saw a family of dolphins, and seals, and the driver stayed in the area and make sure all sides of the boat had a chance to see them and take photos. We had a wonderful time. I recommend this excursion, however if we didn't see seals and dolphins, I probably would have had a lower rating.

Rene v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

We had purchased our tickets online through Tripadvisor, following the cancellation of the TranzAlpine rail trip, due to bush fires. We had a 12.30 trip booked for 3 people including an 8 year old. Akaroa is an amazingly beautiful little town with very friendly people and plenty to see and do for a day out. We picked up our boarding cards early and had a look around town. Picked up some lunch for on the boat. The vessel is of medium size coping with around 40 people. It was pretty full and we decided to remain on the rear upper deck. Glad we did, as this is less windy and less motion. If you get car sick easily, make sure you take some medicine prior to this trip as it can get pretty choppy. First we had a lovely tour of the bay around Akaroa with running commentary and after about an hour we spotted the first Hector dolphins. These are quite small but pretty easy to spot. There werent a great number of them but still, very interesting. We came out of the main bay into the open ocean and into another small bay where we spotted a number of seals including baby pups, on the shore. We came within 20 metres so a great photo opportunity. On our way back into the main bay we spotted some penguins, poking their heads from the sea and more dolphins following us. The weather was excellent February and the sea calm so we had a great 2.5 hours with good informative commentary. Dont bother with the cheesy must do picture they take at the start of the trip though which slightly spoils the magic.

stitcherviv

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

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.

Benjamin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

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.

jemw2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

A very interesting and informative cruise. The dolphins were tricky to find, but we eventually saw them close up. Highly recomended.

hobbit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

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.

Peter Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

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

shadania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

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.

gbannon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Loved this trip and we saw everything we wanted.

Diane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

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 ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

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.

dennis b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2012

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The most amazing trip. Saw LOTS of Hector dolphins, seals and one penguin. Would recommend highly.

Dennis W

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

Our Nature Cruise was a fun experience. We were able to see dolphins several times around the boat, seals on the rocks, and a variety of birds. Also saw historical Maori buildings. Geological formations were interesting and layers exposed were varied, showing past volcanic activity and many caves. Highly recommend that you dress warm and enjoy.

Katrine H

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2017

Nice cruise, saw wildlife.

Samuel M

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2017

The boat was roomy and comfortable and the guide very informative. We saw the smallest species of dolphin, penguin and baby seals.

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