Akaroa Wildlife Cruises

...boat trips that feel like private tours

Avoid the crowds - 8 passengers max

Wildlife, Geology, History
of Banks Peninsula

Friendly conversational commentary

100% local family owned and operated

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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 private tour 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 Costal Retreat overlooking Akaroa Harbour

Cottage (sleeps 6) or Studio (sleeps 2) accommodation with boat trip included.

Startflexible
Durationflexible
AdultsONO
ChildrenONO
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What people say about us

"We received an intimate, well informed tour of Banks Peninsula and were excited to see a penguin, a few albatrosses, a whale and a big group of Hector dolphins that surrounded the boat. One of the things I particular loved was the amount of care and respect they have for the animals. They are not there to chase down the animals, they are there to observe and in the end the albatrosses and dolphins came to us and that was such a special moment to have. I cannot thank these guys enough!"

(Dani M on Google, Jun 20)

"Amazing cruise!! We booked it with our friends on Christmas day and John made it unforgettable! We saw about 50 Hector Dolphins/lots of birds and all the comments/stories that he told us were really interesting! Thank you so much" 

(Léa T on Google, Dec 20)

"I really enjoyed my cruise on the Akaroa harbour with Southern Wanderer. Our small group made for a nice friendly atmosphere and personal attention from the knowledgeable crew. Seeing the Hector's dolphins so close was a fantastic experience, and the choice of tour times was convenient. Definitely recommend them."

(Julie L on Google, Dec 20)