Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Relax on your two-hour cruise across Akaroa Harbour and listen to the commentary about the harbor’s geography, wildlife and history provided by your knowledgeable skipper.
Your luxurious cruise boat has two decks, providing shade, shelter and plenty of observation areas for uninterrupted wildlife and scenery viewing.
As you cruise past volcanic cliffs and sea caves, keep a lookout for the world’s smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins, the New Zealand Hector’s dolphin. These friendly and inquisitive mammals meet the boat most days throughout the year and their calves can be seen between October and March.
You might also see the world’s smallest penguin, the white-flippered blue penguin, or the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.
See New Zealand fur seals sunbathing on the rocks at Seal Bay, and make a stop at Lucas Bay to see a salmon farm in operation. Hear how fingerlings to adult salmon are raised in cages here, the source of New Zealand’s world-famous Akaroa salmon.
Your cruise also takes you past the sublime beauty of Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheater that will take your breath away.
Your cruise ends with return to the Akaroa cruise dock.
This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Akaroa. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
- Full on-board commentary
- Tea and coffee
- Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please bring light jacket, sun protection and camera
Had a great day with several Hector dolphin sightings swimming right up to the boat. Also took us to see some beautiful shore side outside the Harbor. Very nicely done on a great boat. Thank you
OK well we were lucky enough to see so much: Hector dolphins, blue penguins, and fur seals plus amazing landscapes that are familiar to the big screen. I feel that everyone of the crew really wanted you just to enjoy the trip.
We had a great time. We were lucky enough to see penguins, baby seals, dolphins and albatross. Went out to see sea caves and had good commentary. Got the passengers involved by helping with any sightings.