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 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.
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.