Coast Up Close

Coast Up Close Ocean end Main Wharf, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula view on map
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Explore the wild side of Banks Peninsula, New Zealand in our comfortable, classic Kauri launch. Your exciting cruise will take you outside Akaroa Harbour, beside steep cliffs & archways, stunning sea caves and fur seals at play and at rest.The area around Akaroa is stunning, come explore it with a knowledgeable, local skipper.

There is always spectacular scenery and abundant bird life & wildlife, including the rare Hectors dolphins, which make this New Zealand coast world famous.
This is your chance to get some amazing photos of the Akaroa & Banks Peninsula area. Your adventure can include dolphins, whales, penguins, orcas, birds, fish and sharks. Tony takes small groups, so you get personal service.

2.5 hour summer cruises depart at 10.30 am and 2 pm from the Main Wharf in Akaroa.

Fancy a bit of fishing? Social fishing groups are our specialty! Bring your family and friends and make it a special occasion.

You've never been so "up close" to wild nature than in the comfort of our lovely boat!

Please switch the adjacent map view to satellite to see the exact location of where Coast Up Close departs from on Akaroa Wharf.

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  • Great experience. Well maintained and clean boat. The skipper, Tony, was very knowledgeable and friendly. 5
    LAWRENCE MARAK - Feb 21, 2020 (Stayed Feb 2020) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for your nice feedback Lawrence. We hope the rest of your travels went well and that you come again. Regards Tony
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  • Great experience! Very small group and great time on board. We saw a lot of dolphins, some penguins. and also a lot of seals. Sweet as! 5
    MONIKA - Jan 27, 2020 (Stayed Jan 2020) Travelbug verified review
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  • This was a great trip with knowledgeable skipper/guide. Great for kids and adults alike. 5
    DEE - Jan 28, 2020 (Stayed Jan 2020) Travelbug verified review
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  • Tony is a an experienced captain who is generous with his considerable knowledge of the area. 5
    BILL KERR - Jan 6, 2020 (Stayed Jan 2020) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Bill.Thank you for coming on one of our coast up close wildlife trips. It is a truly amazing place where the Hector dolphins are friendly and the volcanic coastline is spectacular. Please come again next time you visit.
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  • While really enjoying seeing the dolphins playing around the boat, I was also fascinated getting to close to the caves. It was a real eye-opener. Thank you! 5
    CYNTHIA ROWSE - Dec 1, 2019 (Stayed Nov 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Cynthia. We have a very spectacular volcanic coastline with many different sea caves. When you come back for another visit we can take you into some different ones. I find them all very fascinating.
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  • We enjoyed Auckland it is smillar to any capital city but outside the city beautiful country roads which are well maintained. We loved Quenntown the views are out of this world nice people beautiful gondola. Christchurch cantebury is beautiful especially the Akaroa banks peninsula I was God smacked with the gorgeous views and natural bays. 5
    TAHA SABIH - Nov 20, 2019 (Stayed Nov 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Taha. We hope you come back again. If you do,remember to let us know which way we took you and we’ll show you the other way. It is very special as well.
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  • We picked Coast Up Close so we could tour on a smaller boat with fewer people and it was a good decision. The boat was large enough to allow us to move around from the deck on the roof to the enclosed area to the outside deck depending on the scenery or wildlife we were viewing. Captain Tony and Olivia both spent time with every passenger, provided interesting commentary and gladly answered every question. We had a great tour 5
    STEPHEN CARNEY - Mar 4, 2019 (Stayed Feb 2019) Travelbug verified review

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