Bright with possibilities, Akaroa has an abundance of activities to fill your day.

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises is a family business offering cruises from Akaroa exploring the amazing scenery and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We cater for small numbers of up to 8 passengers, keeping the trips relaxed and allowing us to offer personal service with informative conversational commentary. Our scheduled cruises depart from Akaroa's main wharf at 9:30am and 12:00 midday. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: online by the BOOK NOW button below phone 0800 226273.

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues with our professional skipper, we can tailor a trip specifically for you. Our rates are competitive and affordable and often less than you would pay to go on one of the larger boats with dozens of other passengers.

Take incredible shots of seacliffs, wildlife and seabirds for your Instagram feed and indelible memories of this beautiful place that we call home.

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues with our professional skipper, we can tailor a trip specifically for you. Our rates are competitive and affordable and often less than you would pay to go on one of the larger boats with dozens of other passengers.

As well as scenic tours, Southern Wanderer is available for general charters, including research, filming, corporate outings, marine service work etc.
Phone or email us to book or enquire about our scheduled trips and private charters.

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Phone or email us to book or enquire about our scheduled trips and private charters.



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Walking Tracks

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills. Most of the walks have spectacular views of the Akaroa harbour once you get up into the hills above the township. Click HERE to visit the website with maps and information about walking and tramping in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula. Then click a walk number or scroll down to find out more detail. The brochures are available to purchase at the Akaroa Adventure Centre 03 304 7784.

Private Track: 
Banks Track is a famous coastal private walking track. Sharing our backyard since 1989.
Choose between a 3 day classic walk and a 2 day hike. 

Public Walking Access:
Special thanks go to the landowners who allow the public on their land to enjoy these walks.
Please respect their private property and thank them if you meet them. 

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Akaroa Winery

Akaroa Winery is a beautiful Mediterranean style venue, overlooking the stunning Akaroa inlet. Nestled in Takamatua Valley, the organic, family-owned vineyard is located on the north facing slopes of the lush hills of Banks Peninsula overlooking Takamatua Bay. We produce the highest quality grapes with every aspect of our growing and planting dedicated to the environment, using sustainable farming techniques. We believe that our fruit makes superior wines. We are focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy wines that express the unique characteristics of the fruit from Takamatua Valley. The rugged terrior of our vineyard produces wines with great intensity and finesse. Enjoy...

Akaroa Winery, situated in Takamatua valley, overlooks the beautiful local harbour. Akaroa Winery is Akaroa's first and only certified Organic Vineyard and Winery Estate. Tour the vineyard and modern wine making facility. Taste some of the many wine vintages available while touring the amazing grounds and see the "dirt to bottle" experience first hand. Complimentary Shuttle Service available.

Open daily 11am to 4pm.
Private Tours and Tastings can be made by appointment.

Contact Allan for more information.

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Black Cat Cruises & Swimming with Dolphins

Black Cat Cruises & Swimming with Dolphins

Join award-winning Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. View stunning scenery, including the volcanic Cathedral Cave, relics of the area's past and a salmon farm. Complimentary tea & coffee on board and a postcard. Cruises depart daily from the main wharf. If you don’t see any dolphins, come again for FREE!

Swimming with dolphins all year round! Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful and endemic Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels with our knowledgeable and awesome crew! All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your ultimate swimming with dolphins experience. A separate price is available for dolphin spectating only. Everything is provided: wetsuits, hot showers and hot chocolate. Finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure Experience Awards 2019.

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Akaroa Golf Club

A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries. We also hire out the Golf Club for weddings and functions and special pakages for cruise ship passengers.

Akaroa Golf Club
Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle, Banks Peninsula

This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of the picturesque Akaroa Harbour. It is regarded as one of the most scenic courses in Canterbury.

Men 18 holes Par 67 4444metres
Women 18 holes Par 70 4226 metres
Course Records 60M 68W

Green Fees Club & Trundler Hire. Cart hire by arrangement.
Moderate green fee and hire rates apply. All rates are on our web site.

Discount rates are available on application for groups of 10 or more players. The 9 hole course can be played by arrangement with the Club.

Visitors are welcome on the course at all times. For group bookings please phone the Club to arrange a start time. Bar facilities are available by arrangement. Green Fee players with a registered handicap are welcome to enter Club competitions. Upcoming tournaments are posted on the notice board at the Clubhouse.

Cruise Ship Packages:

Walking Package
$95.00 NZD per person.
Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf.
Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course.
Course information briefing & equipment set-up.
Clubs, Balls, Tees, Trundler Trolley.
Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time.

Ride on Cart Package
$130.00 NZD per person, OR $220 NZD per couple.
Limited number of carts available, bookings essential.
Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf.
Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course.
Course information briefing & equipment set-up.
Clubs, Balls & Tees, Ride on Cart
Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time.

Book with Information Centre Team on the main wharf on arrival or pre-book directly with Akaroa Golf Club or phone Rachael (Manager) on 03 304 5704.

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The Giants House

The GIANTS HOUSE. Sculpture, mosaic garden and Gallery. "The happiest garden on earth". Garden of National significance by NZ Garden Trust. Trip Adviser - award of excellence, recommended by Lonely Planet. The Giants House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa. Very Unique! Playful, zany, exuberant, astounding, colorful, surprising, seriously playful, unique in the will make you smile. B&B accommodation is also available.

Tour of the Garden. Rate:$20.00 per person, $10 per child (2-15 years). Family Concession:2 Adults + 1 Child $45, 2 Adults + 2 Children $50, 2 Adults + 3 Children $55, 2 Adults + 4 Children $60, Students (with ID) $17, Seniors (with NZ Gold Card ID) $17. For larger groups, Tour of the Garden and House. Rate: $22.50+ GST PP. 

Opening Hours:
Open 11am to 4pm every day until 30th April 2019. 

Winter hours will be 11am to 2pm (from 1st May to 30th September 2019).

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Akaroa Jet Adventures

To add to the many attractions that the beautiful Akaroa harbour provides, we specialize in giving the more adventurous an unforgettable jet boating experience, a must for those seeking that something extra! Climb aboard our 20 seat, twin v8 600HP 'Phat time' jet boat. This 7.5 metre cobra jet boat is the latest design combining power and speed with built-in comfort and exceptional safety features. A high speed 360 degree spin will show you just what this jet boat is capable of.

Summer Tour times:

Normal touring times are 1.30 pm and 3.45 pm. An additional time of 2.30pm is available should numbers require.

Groups can be individually catered for with regards to times and pricing. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

During days when cruise ships are visiting Akaroa extra touring times will be added and tour departure times for those days will be 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.15pm, and 3.30pm.

Prices: Only $79 per Adult and $45 for Children (13 years and under). 50 minute tours. 

Weather depending. Can take 18 persons.

Operates from Beach road shop. Book at Akaroa Jet on 61 Beach Rd.  

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Harbour Sail - Akaroa

Experience Akaroa Harbour on a fast 33ft MRX yacht. A range of sailing options are available including a daily 3-hour harbour cruise and Yachting New Zealand adult learn-to-sail courses. The yacht is enjoyable to sail with a large open cockpit. No previous sailing experience necessary. Flexible departure times. Please enquire for bookings and further information. From $90 per person.

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Akaroa Adventure Centre

Experts in Wildlife kayaking and Stand up Paddle boarding (SUP). We also rent out Pedal Boats and Bicycles. We are situated within the Akaroa i-SITE next to the Akaroa 4Square supermarket on the corner. You can book also accommodation and any other activities with us.

Wildlife Kayaking with the Akaroa Adventure Centre YouTube Clip

Activity Price List:

Paddle through the latest Marine Reserve and spot hector’s dolphins up close & personal. You will explore at your pace. Safe, stable, swift
Options from beginner to advanced, family and group options.
1 hour    $22 per person
2 hours $42 per person

1/2 day (4 hrs)   $50 per person
Full day (9am-5pm)   $70 per person. 

Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Hire  
1 hour    $25 per person
2 hours $45 per person
1/2 day (4 hrs)   $55 per person
Full day (9am-5pm)   $70 per person

Giant Stand up Paddle Board (largest SUP ever, exclusive in Akaroa)
Our big SUP can fit up to 8 people. We recommend a minimum of 4 people.
1 hour $80
2 hours $120

Pedal Boat
2 person $25 (1/2 hour) $40 (1 hour)
4 person $45 (1/2 hour) $60 (1 hour)

Explore beautiful Akaroa by bike, cycle to Onuku, the little Maori Village 3km from Akaroa with amazing views of the sea.
Full day hire  $60 per person
Half day (4 hours) $35
1 Hour Hire $15


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Barrys Bay Cheese

Originally one of nine dairies dotting the peninsula in the late 1800s, Barrys Bay Cheese is the last remaining factory. Today, we still use the traditional recipes brought to New Zealand by the early English settlers. We believe using fresh, local Bank Peninsula milk is the key to producing such consistent, beautiful cheese. Stop in and watch cheese making Monday through Thursday (Oct to May) and on non-make days a DVD is available. Enjoy complimentary samples and shop our assortment of local wines, craft beer and preserves available at our shop. Open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm.

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Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins is an award-winning tourist attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand. Join us on our luxury boat where you will enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour and meet the world's smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, as well as New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins and an array of seabirds, all while taking in the spectacular scenery. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. From our check-in team to our skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

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Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

Take a tour with a difference; get up close and personal at Shamarra Alpaca Farm overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Alpaca Farmers, Frank and Anya will treat you to an interesting and interactive introduction to these majestic animals. Wander amongst grazing herds ofalpacas, and discover the unique qualities of their fleece - “fibre of the gods” as proclaimed by the Incas. Enjoy home baked biscuits and a beverage while browsing the Alpaca Shop.

For Tour times and up to date prices go HERE.

Afterwards, browse the Alpaca Shop where a selection of luxurious, dye-free alpaca knitwear exclusive to Shamarra is for sale and beverages and home baked cookies are served.

Pickup from the Main Wharf Akaroa at 11.30am returning 1.30pm -  Price: $50 per adult/$30 per child (5-15yrs).

Pick up for cruise ship passengers/bus travellers. 

Self Drive Tours – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm - Price: $50 per adult/$30 per child (5-15yrs) Self Drive to farm.

Bookings essential.

Directions—drive along Wainui Main Rd for 4km. Look for Shamarra Alpacas sign on right. Take driveway up hill to the big red barn.

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ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming & Harbour Cruises Akaroa

ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming & Harbour Cruises Akaroa

On our boat, you are part of the environment not removed from it.

While dolphins surf under the boat you can feel the spray from their blowhole!


Come and join us on one of our small, personal tours and experience the magic of swimming with the Hectors Dolphin in Akaroa New Zealand. They are the smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins in the world. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can experience them personally in their natural habitat. We are a small local family business, 100% locally owned & operated. We run one swim tour per day exclusively limited to 12 guests, offering a longer dolphin swimming tour to maximize your experience and your value for money with a 90.5% success rate. Wetsuits, masks & snorkels are provided, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.

Harbour Cruise 2:30pm

Do you have a sense for adventure?

Then join us on our Harbour Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are incredible. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. We run one 2hr Harbour Cruise per day, exclusively limited to 12 guests. Our boat is a 12.5-meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat. We are 100% locally owned & operated. Highly recommended on tripadvisor.



Contact us or see the website for pricing & booking. 

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Banks Track

The Banks Track pioneered hut to hut walking over private land in NZ and is still regarded as the finest private walking track in the country. Beginning in the village of Akaroa, the Banks Track includes spectacular volcanic coastline, waterfalls, native bush, open pasture, and delightful beaches. Renowned for its charming accommodation, the Banks Track is designed to provide a special and memorable experience for the intrepid explorer and holiday-maker alike. The same route can be covered in two or three days. Online booking is available.

Three day. 12 walkers per day. $330 per person inclusive of full pack cartage.
Two day.  4 hikers per day.  $195 per person
Check online availability for either package.
Season is October - April.

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Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

Visit the Museum at the heart of historic Okains Bay. Enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula in former times. Significant taonga Maori and early European items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the Museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings. Gift shop, tea and coffee available. Just 2kms to beautiful Okains Beach. Hours 10am – 5pm daily. Open every day except Christmas Day.

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Akaroa Museum

Following a programme of earthquake strengthening and repair, Akaroa Museum has created three new long term exhibitions about the history of Bank Peninsula: Ngā Taenga mai Arrivals, Land & Sea, and Tales of Banks Peninsula. These have been produced in collaboration with Ōnuku rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Facebook Page HERE.

Ngā Taenga mai  Arrivals focuses on a period of intense change from the 1830s to the 1850s and explores the simultaneous histories of whaling, the failed French colony, naval occupation, the arrival of Pākehā settlers, and the struggle by Ngāi Tahu to get a fair deal for their land.

Land & Sea is about the human relationship with the natural environment, and how settlers from both Polynesian and European origins made their living from the land and sea around Horomaka Banks Peninsula.

Tales of Banks Peninsula has local identity as its theme. Meet some of the heroes (and villains) that punctuate our history - Frank Worsley, Bully Hayes, Captain Bruce, Jessie Buckland and Pompey the Penguin.

The Museum is open 7 days a week. 10.30am until 4.30 pm. Entrance is FREE. 

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Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Enjoy this nature experience to visit the New Zealand Fur Seals on a small group tour. Your local guide has more than 20 years experience. Beginning in Akaroa your guide will pick you up and take you on a unique journey up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, you will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits. Safaris run from the beginning of October to the end of April at 9:30am and 1:00pm and takes between 2.5 to 3 hours.

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Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

Come see spectacular coastline and magnificent wildlife aboard our classic Kauri launch. 2.5 hour trips, personally guided by skipper/owner Tony Muir. Boarding from far -end of Main Wharf, Akaroa at 10.15 and 1.45pm. Small groups on a spacious, dry and comfortable wooden launch. Private fishing & social charters are available. Summer cruises are $85 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $40. Infants under 1 year are free.

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Akaroa Paddle Board Hire & NightSUP Akaroa

Akaroa Paddle Board Hire & NightSUP Akaroa

Hire a high quality, super stable Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) and head out to cruise our beautiful harbour. All safety gear supplied as well as SUP paddling tips if required. Boards are available by the hour as singles or hire a family Size SUP that takes up to 4 people! Or book for a NightSUP tour and view Akaroa's sealife under super bright lights and have an experience that everyone raves about!

NightSUP Akaroa is New Zealands first and only guided night time paddle board operation.
Our boards are all equipped with custom made LED light kits that light up the sea floor as you glide around the stunning Akaroa waterfront.
There is a great variety of sealife and you just never know what will pop up!
Be one of the first to experience a truly magical experience that everyone is raving about.
You dont need any special gear and all equipment is provided.
You do not need to have paddled before to participate as a lesson is provided as part of the experience.

Check out a review here from Backpackerguide NZ HERE. 

View our amazing selection of photos on our Facebook page HERE.  

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Akaroa's Fox II

Sail with dophins, see wildlife. Akaroa harbour up close on New Zealand's oldest ketch Fox II. Learn about local history & help crew if you want. With 2 wooden masts and 6 sails there is always a halyard to hoist or a sheet to be pulled. 3 hour tour with historic narration, complementary fresh brewed coffee, tea, homemade hot chocolate and biscuits. The only boat in Akaroa with dolphin guarantee! You will see dolphins, penguins and seals (sometimes albatross), visit Cathedral Cave, see a waterfall and giant cliffs.

Akaroa's best value at $90pp ($45 per child). Seniors get a $10 discount and under 5 are free.
Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm.

The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour.

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Akaroa's World Famous Mini Golf

Akaroa's worldly famous mini golf club, set amongst New Zealand native palms and gardens. Stream side setting. 18 holes to challenge all age groups and skill levels. Open from 10am until 4pm every weekend and school holidays and on request. Groups welcome, please contact us in advance. Prices: $3.50 for teeny weenies, $7 school kids and $9.50 for adults. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Contact Details:
Darin Rainbird
PO Box 197
Akaroa 7542

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Pohatu Penguin Tours & Sea Kayaking

Pohatu Penguin Tours & Sea Kayaking

Francis and Shireen Helps have protected the White-flippered Penguins at Pohatu-Flea Bay for more than two decades. Tours enable you to see the penguins unobtrusively. Sea Kayaking allows you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Pohatu Marine Reserve. Scenic Nature Tours will enable you to experience a wide range of endemic wildlife amongst dreamlike landscapes. See web site for departure times for Penguin Tours, Sea Kayaking Safaris, Nature Safaris and Overnight Packages.

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