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!

About us

The Fox II is a wooden (kauri) gaff-rigged ketch that was hand built in 1922 in Auckland. We are proudly Kiwi and 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 daily wildlife cruises departing from Daly’s Wharf in Akaroa, available from December through May. Looking for a unique venue for your party ? Consider chartering The Fox II for private parties, birthdays, weddings, hen nights, team-building events or company functions. 

See you on the wharf, mate !