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
safe, comfortable boat
Where to meet
Far end of blue buildings on Akaroa's main wharf
5 minutes before departure time
What to bring
warm (waterproof) clothes
Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises
Early Bird Scenic Cruise
Making the most of photo opportunities with early-morning light, often in the calmest conditions of the day on an uncrowded harbour.
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!
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
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.