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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Update

Our team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we have all the correct health and safety procedures in place for your peace of mind, so you can sit back and enjoy all the highlights of Akaroa Harbour. During Alert Level 2 we require all our passengers to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as laid out by the New Zealand government.

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Benefits of Manuka Honey

Manuka is a flowering tree native to New Zealand, a scrub like bush that plays a great part in our ecosystem. Manuka Honey contains special antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. We stock Moutain Gold Manuka Honey & Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Skincare products.

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Department of Conservation Approved

We are a permitted operator meaning we are allowed to take guests out to view the Hector's dolphins and other marine mammals. Akaroa Dolphins also pays an annual fee to support the Department of Conservation (DOC) in New Zealand, meaning a percentage of each one of our passenger’s fare goes towards scientific research and welfare of our Hector's dolphins.

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Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa Marine Reserve was established in 2014 and is New Zealand’s newest marine reserve. After 20 years of fighting for the cause, this was achieved by the wonderful Akaroa Marine Protection Society, which included the founders of Akaroa Dolphins, Hugh & Pip Waghorn, whom realised the need for greater protection of the marine environment and to ensure the future health of Akaroa harbour.

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Supporting New Zealand Whale & Dolphin Trust

We have been working with the New Zealand Whale & Dolphin Trust since we began in 2004. We have a strong relationship and often have staff actively joining our vessels, collecting data for PhD projects on the Hector’s dolphins. From this research, we are able to educate and inform our guests on the interesting scientific findings, which we share on a daily basis! In 2017, we raised $2,700 which went directly to the trust and their research.

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