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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.


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!


Cruise Highlights

Let our crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife of Banks Peninsula aboard our stylish vessel.


Meet our Dolphin Spotting Dogs

An integral part of our team at Akaroa Dolphins is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. We have 4 dogs; Albie and Buster as our main dogs, Moana in training and Jet who is retired, but available if needed.The dogs have their very own roster, taking turns working, one at a time. They are on the boat equipped with dog life vests, ready to spot some dolphins. They each react in their own individual way, indicating that we are close to the Hector´s dolphins. Apart from this important task, their job is also to enjoy all the petting and hugs from the crew and passengers onboard.


Itinerary designed for 1 day in Akaroa

If you’re thinking ‘What to do in Akaroa’ and you only have one day, whether you are coming from Christchurch or a cruise ship this article has been designed for you! One of our biggest tips is to book everything in ADVANCE – just so you don’t miss out!

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