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 - March
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 private tour for small groups (1-6 pax) of family, friends or colleagues that would 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 (1-8) 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 6) 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
NA
AdultsNZD $85
ChildrenNZD $30
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What people say about us

Dani M

on Google (Jun 20)

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!

Léa T

on Google (Dec 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

Julie L

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.