Sail around Arakoa harbor viewing the natural scenery and plentiful marine life on a spectacular 50-foot ketch built in 1922 from woods indigenous to New Zealand.
Depart directly from the pier on the magnificent Fox II, an historic former cargo carrier that has been wonderfully updated for sightseeing. You'll sail throughout the harbor of Akaroa, which in the native Maori language means "Long Harbor," a reference to this lengthy stretch of sea that a massive volcanic eruption formed millions of years ago. It's an incredibly scenic backdrop for your nature-watching cruise.
Of course, there's no telling what marine life you'll see, but these unspoiled waters are teeming with fur seals, little blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, and playful Hector's dolphin, the world's smallest oceanic dolphin. Being gray with black-and-white markings, they are easy to spot frolicking around the harbor.
You may also see a myriad of birds such as petrels, mollymawk albatross, gannets, and spotted shags, a light-colored species of cormorant that nests in colonies on rocky cliffs. The Fox II offers an intimate, non-intrusive and abundantly comfortable way to view the indigenous wildlife that frequents Araroa harbor. And, if you're feeling energetic, feel free to lend the crew a hand hoisting a halyard or pulling a sheet. After approximately 2 1/2 hours on the water, you'll return to the pier where your sailing adventure concludes.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking and is mostly seated. Assisting the crew is optional and at the guests' discretion. Due to accessibility issues, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing which should include a light jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.