Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

The award winning Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise has many highlights. The harbour, an hour and 20 mins from Christchurch, is home to a rich variety of wildlife. And you’ll also see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past.

There are many different bird species in the harbour, including five different cormorant (shag) species and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. You will catch glimpses of the Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. You’ll also see New Zealand Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near Seal Bay. And the rare native Hector’s Dolphin can be seen.

During this two-hour cruise you will see the wildlife plus the many sea caves and volcanic cliffs. The modern catamaran is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. There’s lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating, for shade and shelter. And your cruise includes commentary by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour.

Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano millions of years ago. So many spectacular ancient lava flows can be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and a fascinating history, while Nikau Palm Gully is the southernmost limit for these tropical palm trees. There is also the incredible Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheatre that will take your breath away.