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3 Hour Sailing and Dolphin Watch Tour - Akaroa Harbour

Join us for an unforgettable 3 Hour sailing adventure – getting you up close and personal to Akaroa’s stunning Dolphin's and wildlife.


  • Akaroa's longest wildlife encounter
  • Dolphin sighting money back guarantee!
  • Sail in comfort aboard a traditional 1922 double masted wooden sailboat.
  • See Hector dolphins, little blue penguins, fur seals and albatross
  • Stunning scenic views including caves, cliffs, waterfalls and marine farms.


Sailing and DOLPHIN WATCH Tour.

This intimate and quiet encounter takes you away from the crowds and is the longest of any wildlife encounter tours in Akaroa.

During this once in a lifetime tour, you’ll experience sightings of Hector dolphins, little blue penguins, fur seals and albatross as well as stunning scenery, caves, cliffs, waterfalls and marine farms.

We even offer a money back guarantee for dolphin sightings!

You’ll enjoy this amazing tour in comfort tour aboard our traditional 1922 double masted wooden sailboat.

We have complimentary afternoon tea and beer, wine and soda are for purchase onboard. We also have free coats to borrow if you get cold.

A truly remarkable encounter with New Zealand’s breathing wildlife and natural beauty - this is an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime!

Adult $90.00
Child $45.00

What's included

  • 3 Hour nature sighting cruise
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and beer


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Departs from Daly's Wharf behind the Akaroa Visitor Centre

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Child price applicable for ages 5-15 years
  • ***Children under 5 travel FREE - tickets can be added as you proceed through the check out***

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

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lucyt1 from United Kingdom wrote on 29 February 2020

Fantastic boat trip

The crew were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The captain had excellent knowledge of the history of the area. He also knew how to entice the dolphins to come to the boat.

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Caitlin Kanis from New Zealand wrote on 24 December 2019

Best Akaroa Experience

I have done many tours with lots of different companies and this is hands down the best! We were so close to the wildlife and it sailing really upped the beauty! I fully recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area!

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Richard from New Zealand wrote on 02 February 2020

Absolutely amazing, exceeded my expectations.

Absolutely brilliant trip, informative, entertaining and a beautiful relaxing way to travel out to where the wildlife is. That would probably have been enough as I didn't expect an actual dolphin show, but we got one! Must have been 15 dolphins riding the front bow wave, taking turns and this went on until l kind of began to think it was normal! Never expected to see so many up close and obviously enjoying themselves. Would absolutely recommend this trip. Top tip, sit at the front.

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laura a power from New Zealand wrote on 22 January 2020


This was one of the best tours I've done in New Zealand. The crew is fantastic,the tour is very informative and the wildlife is amazing. We were out on the water for over three hours and saw so much. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

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Gabriela von Kanel Fyfe from New Zealand wrote on 20 January 2020

Exhilarating and beautiful

Awesome experience on the Foxll. Great Skipper and crew. Fabulous wildlife and sea 🌊 experience. We will always remember the day on the Fox ll. 🐬🐬🐬🐬🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊*****

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