01 January 2020

Our Sustainability Commitments

Committed to Sustainability ~ Supporters of our Local Community ~ Devoted to enriching our Environment

Our Sustainability Commitments


Akaroa Dolphins strives to give an authentic, personal, and luxurious harbour nature cruise while protecting the environment and giving back to the community.

As a provider of a first-class service, Akaroa Dolphins recognises that we have an obligation to this unique and special environment in and around Akaroa harbour. It is vital that our activities have a positive impact. We believe in thinking beyond short-term gains that may be detrimental to the planet and focus on long-term initiatives that enrich the environment and community for future generations. We strive to educate our guests while providing a highly sustainable, quality experience.


We are proudly ‘Committed to Sustainable Tourism’. 


In 2018 Akaroa Dolphins joined New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitments, a TIA (Tourism Industry Aotearoa) led project developed with the vision of leading the world in sustainable tourism.

We are committed to hosting communities, contributing to restoring, protecting, and enhancing our natural environment, and continuing to be a high-quality destination of choice for domestic and international travellers.

In 2019, we joined the Tiaki Promise movement, which is a commitment to care for Aotearoa - New Zealand, for now, and for future generations. To learn more about how you can make a difference watch the short video below or CLICK HERE!


Akaroa Dolphins is committed to being a sustainable business

This is how we uphold our sustainability:



We are committed to enriching the environment

This is what we do to help the environment:


Akaroa Dolphins Supports Our Locals

These are the groups we support:


We work hard to support our community by undertaking a number of actions. Many of these you will not see, but some you may notice.  Below are examples of some actions we have taken:

  • Providing sponsorship to our local schools, community groups, and sports clubs, since 2004
  • Mentoring other businesses within the Akaroa and Canterbury region.
  • Offering work experience and mentoring local students.
  • Supporting the Police, Coastguard, and Maritime NZ in search and rescue operations. 
  • Many of our team members donate their time to local community groups, working on initiatives that support the environment and people within our region.
  • Offering famils to journalists and influencers who will help showcase Akaroa and Canterbury as a destination of choice.
  • Assisting New Zealand universities with research, for a wide range of topics, including marine ecotourism and cultural awareness within tourism.
  • Donating $30,000 towards the Akaroa Hospital Rebuild, 2019

In summary, Akaroa Dolphins is focused on sustainability for the next generation and beyond. Tourism is the lifeblood of Akaroa’s economy and we are committed to helping future-proof the industry through initiatives promoting Akaroa as a destination. We value the community of Banks Peninsula, giving back to causes we believe enrich the lives of locals and visitors.


To view our sustainability policy CLICK HERE


If you have any questions or would like to learn more please CONTACT US!