Akaroa Harbor Sail and Wildlife Cruise

Akaroa Harbor Sail and Wildlife Tour (Green Point, Britomart Monument)
Price: $85.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeSmall
Shore Excursion TypeScenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromTender Pier
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot included
Recommended DressWe recommend guests wear comfortable clothing, a light jacket, rubber soled walking shoes.
RestrictionsChildren ages 5 and older may participate on this tour as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Guests must be able to walk a minimum of 100 feet and traverse a ramp which may be steep depending on the tide that day. Boat cannot accommodate a wheelchair.
Tour Details

Akaroa Harbor Sail and Wildlife Cruise

Sail on a beautiful, hand-built classic ocean sailing yacht on this tour around Akaroa's harbor, nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano. Designed in 1946 to win the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, she's very stable, strong and built of Kauri -- New Zealand's premier boat building timber.

Departing from Akaroa's main wharf, the crew will soon raise the main sail, switch the engine off and get the adventure started. You'll love the 360 degree cruise around Akaroa Harbor as you sail around Green Point and view the Britomart Monument, dedicated to the arrival of the first settlers in 1840. You'll be sure to enjoy cruising using the power of the wind to drive the boat. With no motor running, there's no engine noise or diesel exhaust smell or pollution to harm the unique and endangered wildlife.

You will hear about Akaroa's historic secrets and legends from an experienced local Kiwi crew, from the first British and French and German settlers, and as far back to the early Maori times. You will be invited to take a turn steering the yacht yourself, tacking or gybing, or you can simply relax in the "Royal Seats" and watch the action happening in front of you.

During the cruise you'll learn all about the wildlife that lives in Akaroa Harbor, from the seriously endangered Hector's Dolphins, to the penguins, cormorants and shags. Often you'll hear the Hector's Dolphins before you see them, the penguins calling to each other, or see and hear the sea-bird life.

Passing the genuine Maori Marae at Onuku, you'll shudder at the stories of cannibalism and tribal warfare from early times. You will then visit the Shag Colony, cross the harbor and see the Salmon Farm in action, and visit the Mussel Farm and the Penguin Cave. The farming industry around Akaroa will be discussed, as well as the inventiveness of local tree farming. From there you will sail on to Wainui beach, and then view the relics of WW2 in TiKao Bay.

The excursion will come to an end as you return to the township of Akaroa, while learning about local tourism, real estate, employment and local government.

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Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included
Dress
We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing, a light jacket, rubber soled walking shoes.
Restrictions
Children ages 5 and older may participate on this tour as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Guests must be able to walk a minimum of 100 feet and traverse a ramp which may be steep depending on the tide that day. Boat cannot accommodate a wheelchair.
5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  26 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great time on the water
April 05, 2020
If you like sailing, this is the excursion to do. While most sailboat excursions end up motorsailing, we were actually under sail for the majority of the time on the water, running the engine only to get into the wind and get back to the dock in a timely manner. The skipper was entertaining and even let me drive the boat, which was a extra treat. We saw dolphins and seabirds, but unfortunately, not the local blue penquins. An enjoyable outing!
Reviewer: Paul G Schwarz
5 Stars
Can't praise this fantastic sail enough.
April 04, 2020
This was such a fantastic excursion. Ray gave us so much information about the area and wildlife. The yacht itself is beautiful and the dolphins know it so well we were surrounded by them, including a mum and calf. We even got to see penguins. Ray lets everyone have a go at sailing if they want to. The excursion leaves from near the tender boats so very easy to find. There are lots of other boats available but by far this was the best and the dolphins were definitely more attracted to this boat.
Reviewer: mandy starling
5 Stars
Beautiful day in March,2020
March 30, 2020
We had a wonderful afternoon sail with only 4 people on board. We each got a turn to take the helm under the watchful eye of Captain Ray. He was a fountain of information about the animals, birds and history of Akarao. Even learned a bit about sailing. Loved seeing the dolphins and penguins. So quiet under the sail. Best day of our entire trip in New Zealand.
Reviewer: W. Crawford
5 Stars
Best tour ever !
March 17, 2020
I was never on a sailboat before. This was a true experience. This guy owned and lived on the boat. Seen so many dolphins . Would go again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the good time.
Reviewer: patsy cossey
5 Stars
Ahoy Relax Enjoy
January 29, 2020
Captain Ray .. A wonderful sail trip 1st timers.. Enjoyed that knowledge and wildlife that nature bestowed on us ..
Reviewer: Heather
5 Stars
Great trip
December 12, 2019
We’re at the dock Gave us a great tour of the bay in their yaught Saw lots of dolphins and could easily move about boat Great experience Would highly recommend this tour
Reviewer: Tom Elliott
5 Stars