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Our Sustainability In A Snapshot

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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 


This is how we uphold our sustainability:


  • Continuing to provide a high-quality tour. 
  • Complying with all environmental legislation and operational requirements from the Department of Conservation and other local authorities.
  • Keeping an effective maintenance and staff training program to reduce the risk of emergency situations.
  • Reducing our waste & energy consumption and therefore carbon emissions in all areas of our operation.
  • Reducing the use of non-recyclable materials and recycle where possible.
  • Being an example in promoting a clean, safe harbour by encouraging the public and other boat operators to act responsibly.
  • Removing any rubbish we see in the ocean ourselves.
  • Employing local personnel, where possible, therefore providing jobs within the area.
  • Paying our team members above the 'Living Wage'.
  • Stocking locally made products and using local services wherever possible. Encourage the public to do the same.
  • Become an agent of change, by having a sustainable procurement policy.

  • Having a 'Sustainability Corner' in our shop selling products that are reusable.
  • Being a plastic bag-free business, which has phased out single-use plastics.

  • Committed to the Tiaki Promise. Tiaki means to care for people and place.

We are committed 


This is what we do to help the environment:


Social Responsibility


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:


  • Mentoring other businesses within the Akaroa and Canterbury region.
  • Offering work experience and mentoring local students.
  • 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.


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

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