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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Take a nature cruise around the pristine waters of Akaroa, see the rare, New Zealand Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s smallest dolphin, fur seals and penguins!


2 hour scenic cruise of Akaroa Harbour
Cruise around an extinct volcanic crater
Spot NZ native dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin
Fully narrated by your skipper
3 departure times daily
Cruise past the sheer volcanic sea cliffs

What you need to know

Akaroa, near Christchurch is an historic French village built on the shores of a pretty harbour that used to actually be a live volcano! This two-hour scenic nature cruise will take you around an extinct volcanic crater to see the stunning geological formations created by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

While cruising the pristine waters of the Banks Peninsula you will see the rare, native New Zealand Hector’s Dolphin - the world’s smallest dolphin, along with penguins, sea birds and New Zealand fur seals - often seen sunning themselves on the rocks of Seal Bay. Your knowledgeable guide and skipper will give local insights into the diverse wildlife and fascinating history of the area. The cruise will also make a stop at the local salmon farm to see where the world-famous Akaroa Salmon is raised! This sightseeing cruise is packed with natural wonders and highlights such as meeting the local wildlife and cruising past the sheer volcanic sea cliffs, exploring nooks and caves - all from the comfort of a stable, and luxurious catamaran.

More info


  • 2 hour cruise of Akaroa Harbour
  • Fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour
  • Full bar facilities on-board
  • Postcard, tea & coffee included


  • Hotel Transfers
  • Photo pack (optional extra)


  • Cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and experience majestic scenery and stunning
  • Your cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin
  • Glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world
  • You'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. Cruises depart every day, weather permitting
  • Fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour


  • This cruise departs from Akaroa's Main Wharf. Akaroa is a beautiful historic French Village about 90 minutes drive from Christchurch

Cruise Itinerary

  • For the cruise itinerary, click here

What to Bring

  • We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera - there are incredible views.

Tour Times

  • Departs daily: 1.30pm (All year)
  • 11am (All year)
  • 3.40pm (Dec - Mar)

Additional Information

  • Our catamarans are suitable for families and for young children. The vessels have high rails, however we suggest that children are supervised at all times both for their own safety and for the enjoyment of the other people on board.
  • Information sheets are available in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French and Korean
  • The vessel holds up to a maximum of 99 passengers

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

7 Tussock Lane, Christchurch, NZ 8023