2.5 hours scenic wildlife tour in Canterbury, New Zealand
Discover New Zealand's famous marine wildlife, including hectors dolphins. Wairiri means "angry waters" in Maori. We think she was built tough enough to deal with 'angry waters', but it's certainly not an issue for her now! She was originally a fishing boat built in Invercargill in 1964. Her double diagonal construction, makes her very strong and her twin engines help her maneuverability and reliability. Tony spent a year renovating and restoring her, so that you can enjoy a ride that is comfortable and close to the action. We keep our numbers limited and our boat can take you where others can't: offering you an unspoiled view of New Zealand wildlife. Enjoy a spacious and comfortable ride with plenty of room, ample seating and multiple levels perfect for viewing. Since we first started our boat trips in 2011, we have earned a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor every year! We are a Department of Conservation approved operator. We also support a variety of conservation efforts world-wide and on Banks Peninsula, including Hinewai Reserve The Foredeck: The foredeck has ample space for more than 15 people, and you are close to the waterline and all the animals. Top viewing deck: More than 12 people can get an upstairs perspective from here. Wheel house & seating: This is where you'll find Tony driving the boat--and there is seating for six people. The Saloon: This space has a table and seating for around 10 people. The Back Deck: This is a good place to do some fishing. Our boat also has a toilet on board and more seating below deck. Wildlife Come experience some of the amazing wildlife and stunning coastline with us. Discover the Hectors Dolphins Banks Peninsula is one of the few places you can see one of the smallest marine dolphins in the world. They are less than 1.5 meters in length and can live up to 20 years. Females only have 4-5 calves in a lifetime. Calving usually happens between November and February Delight in New Zealand Fur Seals The NZ fur seal dives deeper (200 meters) and longer (10 minutes) than any other fur seal. Pups are born in November to January. Back in the 1800's they were hunted to the brink of extinction. Since their protection in 1978, their numbers seem to be recovering. Enjoy Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor albosignata) The white flippered variety. The best place to see these delightful, tiny penguins is during the day, out on the water where they are fishing. At only 25 cm tall, they are the world's smallest penguin. Discover many different Seabirds Terns, gannets, albatross, petrels, shearwaters and shags--they will amaze you with their speed and beauty. We can take you close to their nesting sites and watch them fishing. Relax on a private charters Choose your own adventure, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and interesting wildlife with your friends and family. We offer personalized charters that can include fishing and sightseeing. Morning Cruise: Enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise that will take you around the rugged volcanic coastline of Akaroa Harbour and in to the Pacific Ocean. You may have the chance to see the rare Hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals, albatross, giant petrels and little blue penguins. Your skipper Tony is a local with broad knowledge of the area and its stories. Come on board for the most fun you can have in Akaroa! Rates: • Adults: $85.00 NZD • Children (1-15 yrs): $40.00 NZD Afternoon Cruise: Enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise that will take you around the rugged volcanic coastline of Akaroa Harbour and in to the Pacific Ocean. You may have the chance to see the rare Hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals, albatross, giant petrels and little blue penguins. Your skipper Tony is a local with broad knowledge of the area and its stories. Come on board for the most fun you can have in Akaroa! Rates: • Adults: $85.00 NZD • Children (1-15 yrs): $40.00 NZD Fishing charters Fancy a bit of fishing? Social fishing groups are our specialty! Bring your family and friends and make it a special occasion. Casual fishing fun for everyone! Fishing charters are ideal for 7+ people, with a maximum of 20. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 20 guests
- Ferries, Taxis, and Cruises
Since we first started our boat trips in 2011, we have earned a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor every year! We are a Department of Conservation approved operator. We also support a variety of conservation efforts world-wide and on Banks Peninsula, including Hinewai Reserve.
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Scenic Wildlife Cruises around Akaroa Harbour. Captain Tony has extensive knowledge of the area and will show you the amazing wildlife: including the rare Hectors Dolphins (smallest in the world) , little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals an many varieties of seabirds including Albatross. Two trips per day. !0.15 am boarding or 1.45 pm boarding. $80 per adult and $25 for children under 14 years of age