About Akaroa

What to do in Akaroa play_circle_outline

Akaroa Dolphins - Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins is 100% locally owned and operated. Let us take you on a journey of discovery through millions of years of fascinating history and natural heritage, on board our luxurious catamaran.

phone 03 304 7866

Blackcat Cruises

Not only is Akaroa the only place in the world you can experience dolphin swimming with the world’s rarest and smallest Hector’s dolphin did you also know that Akaroa is the oldest town in Canterbury? Akaroa and the surrounding area is steeped in rich history and it wouldn't be here today without the help of Mother Nature.

phone 03 304 7641

The History of Akaroa play_circle_outline

Akaroa has a long and interesting natural and cultural history, being home to New Zealand’s first British and French early settlers, which can be seen in the well preserved architecture of this harbour town. Nearby Okains Bay Museum has one of the best collections of Maori artefacts in the world, and there are several other excellent museums and displays of Akaroa’s rich and diverse history.

In the early to mid-1800’s there were no French colonies in the Pacific, although around sixty French whaling ships were often in the area on lucrative whaling expeditions. ... Read more!

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