Akaroa sailing trips that feel like private tours... with small numbers of guests, you can share an adventure and friendly conversation with our family crew. We genuinely love responding to your questions. Our sailing vessel enables us to explore Akaroa Harbour and take in the breathtaking sights of the extinct volcano in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. Enjoy the sailing and non-invasive encounters with a unique range of wildlife during the journey.
What to expect
2.5 hour duration
eco friendly yacht
Where to meet
Akaroa's main wharf
15 minutes before departure time
What to bring
warm waterproof jacket and comfortable footwear (not sandals/jandals or high heels)
Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises
Early Bird Scenic Cruise
Making the most of photo opportunities with early-morning light, often in the best conditions of the day on an uncrowded harbour.
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!
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.
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.