Book now for a wonderful dolphin watching boat tour in Akaroa Harbour
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Book now for a wonderful dolphin watching boat tour in Akaroa Harbour
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Pip and Hugh Waghorn
Pip and Hugh Akaroa Dolphins is owned and operated by Pip and Hugh Waghorn, long-time residents of Banks Peninsula with generations of family history in the area.

Pip's ancestor, Etienne Francois Le Lievre from Normandy, first arrived in Akaroa in 1838 as a blacksmith aboard the whaling boat the Nil. He returned to France and helped his good friend Captain Langlois set up the Nanto-Bordelaise Immigration Company.


With 63 passengers aboard the Compte de Paris arrived in Akaroa in 1840. Pip’s family have lived here ever since, and is the most numbered of the early settlers. Pip is a trained teacher and before taking up full time farming taught in most schools on the Peninsula, where she gained a deep and intimate knowledge of the history of the area.

Hugh’s family emigrated from Kent, England on board the Randolph as part of the Canterbury Association sponsored First Four Ships, arriving on Banks Peninsula in December 1850. The family took up farming and are now the biggest single family group living on Banks Peninsula. After studying agriculture, Hugh extensively travelled the world before farming on Banks Peninsula with Pip.

It was their love of this special region that lead to the development of Akaroa Dolphins into a special experience, so that you can share this beautiful environment and heritage with them and their friendly crew.