Akaroa boat trips that feel like private tours... small numbers of guests sharing an adventure and friendly, conversational commentary with our family crew. Our vessel is comfortable, safe and fast, allowing us to get down the harbour quickly to spend more time with the spectacular coastline and the wildlife of the marine reserve - and beyond when conditions allow. Encounter a unique range of native flora and fauna, from palm trees to penguins, in their natural habitats.

What to expect
2 hour duration
amazing wildlife
spectacular scenery
safe, comfortable boat 
Where to meet
Far end of blue buildings on Akaroa's  main wharf
5 minutes before departure time
What to bring
sunglasses
sunscreen
hat
camera
warm (waterproof) clothes
Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises
Southern royal albatross swimming outside Akaroa harbour

Making the most of photo opportunities with early-morning light, often in the calmest conditions of the day on an uncrowded harbour.

Akaroa's main wharf
2 hours
November - April
AdultsNZD $85
ChildrenNZD $30
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Woman on boat tour watching Akaroa coastline

Allowing connection with shuttle services for a day-trip from Christchurch. This cruise often sells out so booking in advance is recommended.

Akaroa's main wharf
2 hours
September - June
AdultsNZD $85
ChildrenNZD $30
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Family on boat tour taking photos of Akaroa scenery and watching wildlife

A discounted rate for private tours for small groups (1-6 pax) of family, friends or colleagues that prefer a trip for themselves.

Akaroa's main wharf
2 hours
September - June
Group 1-6 paxNZD $400
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Our red 25-foot tour boat

Enquire about our personalised adventures with flexible departure times and durations, for small groups (1-7) of family, friends or colleagues who would prefer a trip to themselves.

Akaroa's main wharf
September - May
AdultsONO
ChildrenONO
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Akaroa Costal Retreat overlooking Akaroa Harbour

Book accommodation with us in the Akaroa Coastal Cottage (sleeps 2) or Studio (sleeps 2) and a boat trip on a scheduled cruise or a private charter - at discounted rates.

September - May
AdultsONO
ChildrenONO
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Our boat on the ocean heading towards the Akaroa coastline

The best time for a wildlife adventure… with the rest of the day ahead for other activities or travelling.

Akaroa's main wharf
2 hours
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AdultsNZD $85
ChildrenNZD $30
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What people say about us

nats1991

on TripAdvisor (Mar 19)

If I could give it 6 stars I would do it without hesitation! My husband and I found the scenery and the cruise itself very interesting. There were only two more people with us which made us feel like we are on a charter cruise! No crowds, no people pushing each other to take photos of the wildlife. It was a pleasure to do this cruise with John and his son as they are very experienced and knowledgeable locals. This cruise is definitely value for money! I would not hesitate choosing it over other bigger excursions. Thank you!

ktraveller68

on TripAdvisor (Nov 19)

Had the opportunity to join John and Ollie on a wonderful two hour tour! They are both so knowledgeable about the local area and the wildlife we saw. The boat ride itself was amazing...such a beautiful part of New Zealand. And then to see wildlife was very special. We truly appreciated how they would spot wildlife and point them out to their guests but would not intrude upon them at all.

Tanja

on Google (Dec 19)

The tour with the small family business Southern Wanderer was a lot of fun. The groups are rather small with a maximum of 8 people and therefore very informal. I highly recommend the early tour at 9am, there are no other boats out there yet and the wildlife is amazing.