Akaroa Dolphins
Nature Cruise with Akaroa Dolphins or Black Cat | Cafe lunch in Akaroa | Hotel pickup and dropoff

A day tour to Akaroa, the only settlement attempted by the French in New Zealand, passes through the beautiful landscapes of the Banks Peninsula. This region was formed following violent eruptions of volcanoes over 6 million years ago and the picturesque town of Akaroa itself sits in an ancient volcanic crater.

You will travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which gives glorious views of farmlands, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. From the main wharf in Akaroa boats depart for a Nature Cruise on the harbour. See Hectors Dolphins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and local bird life. Learn more about the local history from your boat skipper and be awed by the volcanic cliffs that act as sentinels to the harbour entrance. You will have an opportunity to wander around the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe.

Stops along the way will include, time and weather permitting,  Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory,  Little River Art Gallery and Birdling’s Flat.

What to Bring


South Island weather is extremely variable. Sudden changes are not uncommon!

We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing suitable for being on a boat, including flat shoes with a non slip sole and a wind proof top. It is advisable to wear layers of clothing that can be added and/or removed.

The following is recommended:
  • wind/shower proof jacket
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • hat (sunhat or beanie depending upon season)
  • DAY PACK (or bag you can carry and have both hands free)
  • sunscreen (high SPF)
  • sunglasses
  • water bottle


“Absolutely brilliant day out with driver/guide Ian who was really informative and flexible with the itinerary. Cruise in Akaroa great with good wildlife sightings and excellent commentary. Lovely restaurant lunch included. Highly recommend.”

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