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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.


Our Sustainability Commitments

At Akaroa Dolphins, we recognise that we have an obligation to our unique and special environment, and are committed to caring for Akaroa harbour. It is vital that our activities have a positive impact on the environment for now, and for future generations.

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