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Akaroa - 2 hour Scenic Wildlife Cruise

Join Southern Wanderer for an unforgettable early morning or midday cruise along Akaroa's picturesque Banks Peninsula coast!

Highlights

  • View the dramatic Akaroa volcanic cliffs and coastline of Banks Peninsula only seen from the water
  • Small groups of 8 passengers max allowing for customised tours to suit you
  • Encounter an abundance of wildlife from penguins to albatrosses
  • Cruise in often calm conditions with perfect light for photography
  • Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable skipper and guide
  • Enjoy our fast, safe and comfortable boat with a heated cabin

A haven for wildlife & marine life, and boasting spectacular photography opportunities, the Banks Penninsula is an absolute must-see for anyone in the region.

We’ll uncover dramatic views of the peninsula’s volcanic formations with the perfect morning light and calm waters providing picture-perfect photo conditions, or simply sit back, relax and take in the gorgeous surrounds.

Throughout the cruise, we’ll pass sites of historic and national significance, see native flora and fauna, and view the local marine & wildlife.

We carry a maximum of 8 passengers, ensuring your trip is a personalized and uncrowded experience.

Your friendly and highly experienced skipper has an abundance of knowledge about the area is more than happy to share this along the way.

If you have any specific points of interest please let us know as we do our best to tailor the trips to suit the interests of our passengers.

You won't want to leave Akaroa without doing this cruise!

 

Meeting Location: Main Wharf, Beach Road, Akaroa, Canterbury

Departures: Morning departure is at 9.30am, afternoon departure is at 12pm (the later trip allows connection with shuttle services for a day-trip from Christchurch).

Check-In Time: Please make sure to arrive at the boat beside the main wharf at least 5 minutes prior to departure.

Adult $85.00
Child $60.00

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Allow approximately 2.5 hours duration for the complete experience.
  • Child price Age is 3 - 14 years. No children under 3. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Trips are weather dependent and require a minimum of 4 persons booked to proceed.

Available Bookings from November 15 to November 21

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 15 Nov
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Thu 21 Nov

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$48.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$48.00
  • Child$42.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$51.00
  • Child$42.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$51.00
  • Child$42.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$85.00
  • Child$60.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$51.00
  • Child$48.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$51.00
  • Child$48.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$68.00
  • Child$48.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$85.00
  • Child$60.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$42.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$68.00
  • Child$48.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$68.00
  • Child$48.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Louise from France wrote on 18 March 2019

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Just fabulous!

John and Olly make a wonderful team. Olly with his hawk eyes for spotting animals in the water and John with his fantastic wildlife knowledge. The boat is small so you get to know the other participants you can ask all the questions you like there is no rehearsed speech You will see all the birds and other animals that are around! The orher advantage is the early start - no one else on the water, lovely sunrise, no wind but it can be a bit chilly so dressup warm. Well done guys and keep up the good work! They also hire out trips for groups which might be a good option for a group of friends who aren’t quite into the getting up early thing!

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carinne from United States wrote on 29 April 2019

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Great experience ! Best cruise ever

Great crew, very knowledgeable and we were lucky to see over 50 dolphins on the tour! We really liked the small boat experience with only max 8 people give everyone a chance to admire the great surroundings and ask questions

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Canela from New Zealand wrote on 02 April 2019

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This is a MUST!

We booked this because we were staying at Chch, we did not know about this place but we googled and we thought Akaroa would be a nice place to visit. This was the best decision, and the best part of our trip. Akaroa is a lovely place, full of story and this scenic drive was over our expectations! It starts early in the morning and you have a lot to explore with this family-crew. It's great that it's a small boat, so the trip is personalised and they have the time to explain about nature, history and also to show you different animals. This people are nice, warm and they take you to places you will never forget! I recommend it 100%.

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Arun Thenappan from Australia wrote on 20 September 2019

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It was ok

There where hardly an seal, penguins & dolphins at all to see. The guys organising the trip were good though they tried hard to find an seal or dolphins. Only sea gulls and some wild birds where present. If you did Milford Sound then this is not even close to it. Its just habour water, rock caves where sea gulls and some birds nest.

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Julie from France wrote on 20 March 2019

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The best way to wake up!

It was a wonderful moment shared with a couple. We were thrilled to see pingoins, dolphins and seals swimming and napping nearby! This two guys have a huge knowledge about wildlife and the area's history that they will gladly share with you!!! The perfect way to learn about Akaroa while enjoying a "ride" alongside the bays and cliffs!!! I would strongly recommend it!!! Thank you again!

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