About Us

Since we first started our boat trips in 2011, 
we have earned a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor every year!

We are a Department of Conservation approved operator. We also support a variety of conservation efforts world-wide and on Banks Peninsula, including Hinewai Reserve.

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Here's the team

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Tony Muir

Tony has been exploring the waters around the Peninsula since the 1960s.
He commercially crayfished in the 1990s here. He loves diving, fishing, kayaking and boating in and around this amazing coastline and can take you to some really special spots.  He'll entertain you with his stories and share his enthusiasm for this wonderful place. 
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Cynthia Muir (with Arjee)

Cynthia joined Tony here during the 1990s from Hawaii.  She shares her delight with animals through her oil paintings and working with captive animals, such as the New Zealand alpine parrot the kea.

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Mafi and Scruffy

afi (Co skipper/crew) and Scruffy (first mate) mostly join us on the afternoon cruise. Mafi is originally from Switzerland and has been kayaking and boating on Akaroa Harbour since arriving here in 1992. Scruffy loves welcoming people on the boat and making sure everybody is happy and gets plenty of attention.

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Our boat - Wairiri

Wairiri means "angry waters" in Maori. We think she was built tough enough to deal with 'angry waters', but it's certainly not an issue for her now! She was originally a fishing boat built in Invercargill in 1964. Her double diagonal construction, makes her very strong and her twin engines help her maneuverability and reliability. Tony spent a year renovating and restoring her, so that you can enjoy a ride that is comfortable and close to the action. There is ample of seating on various levels (the foredeck, the top viewing deck and the saloon/wheelhouse inside). There is space for up to 30 people however we prefer to keep numbers down to give everyone the best viewing and photo opportunities. The boat has a toilet on board.