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Meet the Team

Akaroa Dolphins were founded in 2004 by Hugh and Pip Waghorn. With daughter Julia and son George joining the family business in 2015. The team today consists of 12 dolphin and boating enthusiasts, as well as four dolphin-spotting dogs, who cannot wait to meet you and show you the beauty of Akaroa harbour!


Awarded Qualmark Gold

A Gold Award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world-class sustainable visitor destination.


Finalists in Westpac Champion Business Awards 2021

Akaroa Dolphins has made the finals of the prestigious Canterbury Business Awards. Competing in the Champion Customer Experience-Small section, this family-owned enterprise has made it through to the final three, where they are up against two other Christchurch businesses. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on November 24.


Family Pass Giveaway

To celebrate the July winter school holiday this year, we are giving away a $200 FAMILY PASS valid for 2 adults & 2 children (aged 0 -15 years old). WIN a beautiful experience for your children on one of our 2-hour nature cruises, where you will meet the adorable Hector's dolphins as well our dolphin dogs. To enter simply NOMINATE your kids, yourself, or even a friend in the COMMENTS on our Facebook page. The competition closes at 5 pm Thursday 8th July 2021.


Banks Track

Banks Track is one of the great New Zealand walks located on the southern-east side of Banks Peninsula, also known as 'The Wildside'. On this 31 km track, you walk over private farmland, through regenerated native bush, and along striking coastline.

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