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Southern Wanderer - Akaroa Scenic Wildlife Cruises

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

Highlights

  • Small groups of 8 passengers max allowing for a more private cruise
  • View the dramatic Akaroa volcanic cliffs and coastline of Banks Peninsula only seen from the water
  • Encounter a unique range of native flora and fauna from palm trees to penguins
  • Enjoy friendly conversation with our family crew - we love answering your questions
  • 100% local New Zealand family owned and operated

A haven for wildlife and boasting wonderful photography opportunities, Banks Peninsula is an absolute must-see for anyone in the region. Our vessel is comfortable, safe and fast, allowing us to get down the harbour quickly to spend more time in the marine reserve and beyond - when conditions allow.

We’ll uncover dramatic views of the peninsula’s volcanic formations, spectacular cliffs, caves and coastal scenery. Throughout the cruise, we’ll pass sites of national historic significance and discuss events that helped shape New Zealand as a British colony in the 19th century.

We carry a maximum of 8 passengers, ensuring your trip is a personalised and uncrowded experience. Your friendly and highly experienced skipper and guide have an abundance of knowledge about the area and will share this with you 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

Duration

  • Approximately 2 hours

Location

  • Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises Main Wharf, Beach Road, Akaroa, Canterbury.

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

  • Please note: Our trips are approximately 2 hours duration, allow a little longer for the complete experience. Please let us know when boarding if you have a particular time constraint.

    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 January 25 to January 31

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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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Jenna from Canada wrote on 26 February 2020

Fun Boat Tour, Super Nice Staff

We had so much fun on this tour and the family that runs it is so friendly and makes you feel very welcomed! They were very informative of all the species and animals we saw! I was a super fun time and we saw lots of penguins which was super cool! Would highly recommend this tour as there can only be a few passengers so you get to see and experience a lot more than on a bigger boat!

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Anthony from New Zealand wrote on 23 February 2020

Small groups add that more personal touch

Family owned business - your guides will take you out into the harbour and offer you a more personalised and tailored wildlife adventure. Highly recommend if you want to see the wildlife and sights of Akoroa at your own pace.

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rachelm from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2020

Great Experience

We went out on a very calm, overcast day and were lucky enough to sight about 5 or 6 pods of dolphins, including one swimming straight under the boat near the surface. Loved the small group, very knowledgeable and friendly guides. It felt more like friends were taking us out for a few hours. Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of a wildlife cruise.

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annec12 from New Zealand wrote on 20 January 2021

Child friendly and personal

My 9yr old granddaughter came with me. I purposely chose Southern Wanderer because they only took a small group. John and Olly (crew, and father and son) and 6 guests. We loved it. We saw dolphins at several different times and other wildlife was pointed out to us. A lovely personal experience

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Lucy from New Zealand wrote on 18 January 2021

Amazing!!

Such a great trip out on the boat. Lovely team 😁 Highlight of our trip!!

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