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Akaroa Activity For Kids

Kids cruise free october 2017

With the October school holidays just around the corner we wanted to let you know that from Saturday September 30th – Sunday October 15th kids can cruise for free with us in Akaroa! We will offer a free space to a child aged between 0 – 15 with every full paying adult

Akaroa Wildlife

Our multi-award winning Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise will take you and your family out on the water for two magical hours. We’ll go out in search of Hector’s dolphins, one of the worlds rarest and smallest dolphins and only found in NZ….along with fur seals, penguins and an array of coastal birds. We even offer a dolphin guarentee so if you don’t get to see the Hector’s dolphin you can all come again another day for free!

Akaroa History

Your experienced skipper will also tell you fascinating stories of Akaroa’s French and Maori history as you cruise along in your luxury catamaran….and we can’t promise anything but you may hear the odd dad joke thrown in along the way! Read more about Akaroa here.

Hector’s Dolphins

We donate a portion of all ticket sales back to the education and research of the endemic and endangered Hector’s dolphin.To find out more about the Hector’s dolphins have a look at our web page dedicated to this magnificent marine mammal. Click here

Family First

Did you know that all year round we offer free cruising for children under 5? That’s right. If you have little ones under 5 years old they can come on board for our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise for free, all year on all departures. We also offer a family pass special. To find out more check out our specials page here.


We will be cruising every day in the school holidays at 11am and 1.30pm. To book simply call the Akaroa reservations team on 0800 436 574