Akaroa Wildlife Cruises

...boat trips that feel like private tours

Available again from September 2022

Avoid the crowds - 8 passengers max

Wildlife, Geology, History
of Banks Peninsula

Friendly conversational commentary

100% local family owned and operated

Explore our tours

Early Bird 
Scenic Cruise

Southern royal albatross swimming outside Akaroa harbour

Often the calmest conditions with the best light for photography.

Start9:30am
Duration2 hours
AdultsNZD $85
ChildrenNZD $30
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Midday
Scenic Cruise

Woman on boat tour watching Akaroa coastline

Allows connection with shuttle services for a day-trip from Christchurch.  

Start12:00pm
Duration2 hours
AdultsNZD $85
ChildrenNZD $30
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Private Tours
for Small Groups

Family on boat tour taking photos of Akaroa scenery

A discounted rate for private tours for small groups that would prefer a trip for themselves.

Start9:30am
Duration2 hours
Group 1-6 paxNZD $400
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Bed and Boat Packages

Akaroa Coastal Retreat overlooking Akaroa Harbour

Studio accommodation with boat trip included.

Startflexible
Durationflexible
AdultsONO
ChildrenONO
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What people say about us

"We had a beautiful time on the tour, great guides local family business, small numbers on the boat, making the experience very personal and very enjoyable. John is very knowledgeable and makes the trip very easy going and fun. Their son is obviously very experienced and comfortable on the water. I would highly recommend this tour to all who want to get out on the water and enjoy the wildlife to be seen."

(ktwo73 on TripAdvisor, Dec 19)

"We enjoyed a lovely stay at Jenny and John’s, and added their nature cruise on Southern Wanderer to our stay, which we thoroughly recommend doing... We suspect the variety of wildlife seen was due to the small boat size with limited numbers - having been on other wildlife trips in Akaroa this was the best one so far!" 

(Sara on Airbnb, Dec 21)

"Great choice for a more personal trip to the outstanding maritime landscape and wildlife in Akaroa. It's an awesome provider, a real Kiwi family business of lovely people. We can totally recommend it, and will definitely choose them again. They are offering great accommodations too."

(Jan on Google, Dec 20)