View of Akaroa Marine reserve
Image: Laura Honey | DOC



Akaroa is visited by many marine mammals including the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin. The Akaroa Marine Reserve lies at the mouth of the harbour and is easy to visit as the township offers numerous water-based tourist activities.

For boundaries, tide and other information download the MarineMate app.

Find things to do and places to stay Akaroa Marine Reserve

A walk or drive on the cliffs with a pair of binoculars is an excellent way to observe the birdlife.

Snorkelers and divers need to be aware of the limitations of people in their party - the reserve is in a relatively isolated part of the harbour, with no cell phone coverage or medical help available nearby.

You can hire kayaks in Akaroa township.

Protect our marine reserves
  • No fishing of any kind.
  • Don't take or kill marine life.
  • Don't remove or disturb any marine life or materials.
  • Don't feed fish - it disturbs their natural behaviour.
  • Take care when anchoring to avoid damaging the sea floor.


Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 318 9211
Address 104 West Coast Road
Arthur's Pass 7654
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