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Akaroa Well-being Eco-Safari Tour from Christchurch

Dolphins & harbour nature cruise option

Akaroa Harbour to the Pacific Ocean

Want to relieve the stresses and worries of everyday life? Then give yourself a break and leave behind life’s pressures, problems and pandemics! This tour option is specifically designed with your relaxation and well-being in mind.

This one-day tour with Dolphins nature safari & cruise option can be varied to include additional experiences (e.g. Penguins nature safari and / or Alpacas farm tour options ). All options include morning tea and an afternoon wine-tasting before heading home (non-alcoholic selection available)

Tour overview

The days highlight is a journey of discovery aboard a luxury vessel as you come alongside rare Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals, seabirds, and other wildlife set amongst spectacular sea caves & volcanic formations. Allow a total journey time of around 9-10 hours from Christchurch return: includes travel through the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula. 

Your tour is fully inclusive with provision of morning tea,  an afternoon platter with wine tasting, hotel pick-up and drop off and road journey courtesy of an ultra-modern luxury mini-coach. During the cruise enjoy a complimentary drink of award-winning wine, beer or non-alcoholic option and home baking. 

Also, over the course of the day, you will have a around 3 hours spare time to wander in and around the French-inspired Akaroa township and surrounds at your own pace. Stopovers include the award-winning Barrys Bay chees factory at Duvauchelle and the quaint Little River Café and Art Gallery.

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Journey description

Your journey to Akaroa takes in the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. This area is renowned for its rugged topography in a surprisingly sparsely populated district. mongst extensive farm lands, Akaroa’s diverse landscape is a region where conservation areas abound in an area regarded as extremely important for native plants and associated wildlife. In fact, Banks Peninsula has the highest amount of biodiversity than any other part of New Zealand.

Stopovers include the award winning Barrys Bay Cheese factory at Duvauchelle, and the quaint Little River Cafe & Gallery. Enjoy wandering around the French township of Akaroa.

To complete your day, enjoy an end-of-day wine tasting (or non-alcoholic beverage) and afternoon platter at the special French Peak vineyard.


Dolphins & the harbour nature cruise

Enjoy your harbour cruise on a luxurious and comfortable boat - it has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the dolphins and other wildlife! The operator holds a Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism operator permit, requiring operation in a sensitive and responsible manner around dolphins, whales, and seals, to ensure there is minimal impact on the environment and wildlife. 

You will be in awe of the most spectacular coastal scenery - rugged cliff faces and dramatic panoramic views will take your breath away. You will be shown all the best highlights of the area including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave. 

Passenger groups are kept small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space. From the check-in team to the skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is the expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

Wildlife availability

The harbour cruise operator enjoys a 98% success rate in encountering Hector’s dolphins in their natural environment, all year round. As the world’s smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins, which are completely wild, it is not possible to guarantee encounters. 

Also, please note that this is an exclusive and intimate 2-hour harbour cruise on a luxurious catamaran - and in keeping with environmental and ecological best practice, we view the dolphins from the boat rather than swim with them.

Special Notes

Passengers of all ages are welcome, from new-borns to the seniors, as the vessels used are very stable, have secure railings, various indoor and outdoor areas to choose from, and space for pushchairs etc. There are also plenty of lifejackets aboard, including those for infants and children, however, if you are travelling with young children, we do ask for their safety that they are supervised at all times.

The tour operates in just about all weather - in fact all of the best wildlife viewing id often when it's raining (so remember to always bring a rain coat just in case). We all hope for a beautiful sunny day but whether rain or shine the guides will always give you an authentic New Zealand experience!


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