On the 10th of September 2019, Akaroa welcomed the arrival of Akaroa Dolphins’ new catamaran, designed for their daily dolphin and harbour nature cruises.
This is the very first purpose-built boat for dolphin watching to arrive in Akaroa Harbour and the project is a huge achievement for such a small, family-run company.
The boat was built in Auckland over two years, with the final stages completed at Waikawa, Picton. The boat was welcomed at Akaroa’s main wharf just in time for the 2019-20 summer season by a group of onlookers comprising local families, business owners and passing travellers.
A lot of time and consideration has gone into the new boat, which sets Akaroa Dolphins apart from other tour operators. Akaroa Dolphins wanted to limit their impact on the environment, while providing the highest quality of passenger comfort. She was built with materials that minimise noise transfer to the dolphins and given fuel-efficient, state-of-the-art engines and a self-contained pure water station.