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Ready to set off on a spectacular sightseeing adventure? Secure your spot on an upcoming Akaroa Dolphins cruise.

Please note, we do not swim with dolphins. Collect your boarding passes 30 minutes prior to departure. Make sure you read our cruise information before booking.

Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise

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Who will be joining us
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Departure times

We run a tight ship, so please make sure you’re on time for your booked dolphin cruise. Please pick your tickets up from our shop no later than 30 minutes prior to departure.

12.45 pm - Year round

10.15 am & 3.15 pm - Check availability in the booking calendar

Additional departures are available by prior arrangement for groups of 10+ people.


Check-in information

Check-in information You’re welcome to board your Akaroa Dolphins cruise 15 minutes prior to departure from the Akaroa Wharf. Our friendly crew and excitable dolphin-spotting dogs will be waiting to welcome you aboard.


What to bring

New Zealand’s weather can change in an instant. For your comfort, we recommend packing light but covering all eventualities. A warm jacket, sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses will ensure you’re ready for whatever the weather throws at you. We also keep spare jackets and sunscreen on board in case you forget. On days with sea swells, we recommend Sea-Legs to manage nausea.

What to bring

Safety on board

In line with New Zealand’s safety laws, our staff are trained for emergencies, and our boat and onboard equipment are maintained and tested regularly. Due to the size of our boat, you’re not required to wear a life vest, but should the need arise, we have more than enough for our passengers. If you’d feel more comfortable wearing one for the journey, just ask a member of our crew.


Frequently asked questions

Can I swim with the dolphins?
Am I guaranteed to see a dolphin or other wildlife?
Do you offer tours year-round?
What do I need to bring?
What is your cancellation policy?