Sail With Dolphins – Explore Akaroa’s Wildlife and Scenic Beauty

Sail with us in the crater of an extinct volcano on New Zealand’s oldest ketch and enjoy the wildlife of Akaroa Harbour up close. See Hector’s dolphins, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, albatross, and various sea birds. Relax and soak up the sun, sea, and hills or take part as one of the crew. Marvel at the giant volcanic sea cliffs, caves, and rock formations along the journey. An unforgettable experience that will be the highlight of your trip!

Historic ketch Fox II sailing in Akaroa for a dolphin cruise

Not just an experience, but the memory of a lifetime

Experience a magical moment with the curious and playful Hector’s dolphins, as they come right by the boat !

During three hours, sail the Pacific Ocean, explore Akaroa Harbour and its wildlife in an intimate and peaceful way.
With a maximum capacity of 30 people, you will have plenty of room to move around and see the dolphins, seals, penguins or albatross !

Learn more about our Dolphin Guarantee !

Embark on our historical ketch, as our skipper narrate the history of Akaroa and point out the wildlife. If you fancy yourself a sailor, you could even take part as crew !

And because life at sea might work up your appetite, we offer complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits !

About us

The Fox II is a wooden (kauri) gaff-rigged ketch that was hand built in 1922 in Auckland. We are proudly Kiwi, privately owned and have been operating in Akaroa Harbour for over 30 years.

The Fox II has received the Qualmark Gold Accreditation, recognizing it as one of the most high-quality, safe, and sustainable experiences in New Zealand.

Explore the rich history and scenic beauty of Akaroa Harbour aboard this iconic vessel, making memories that will last a lifetime.

New Zealand's Oldest Ketch 'Fox II' sailing in Akaroa Harbor with Bottlenose Dolphin
Fox II ship in Akaroa Harbor in the crater of an extinct volcano

Our Services

Join us for a 3 hours long, daily wildlife cruises departing from Daly’s Wharf in Akaroa, available from December through May.

The Fox 2 is currently closed for the season. We will be available for private charters in Lyttelton from November 1st to December 19th nd our regular scheduled wildlife cruises will start again December 20th.

Looking for a unique venue for your party ? Consider chartering The Fox II for a romantic evening, private parties, birthdays, weddings, hen nights, team-building events or company functions. 

See you on the wharf, mate !