By purchasing a ticket, you confirm that you have read, understood and accept the following terms and conditions:

 

WEATHER/CANCELLATION

We do not guarantee that your tour will take place at the scheduled time. Schedules may change without notice for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, bad weather and technical disruptions. Scheduled times do not form part of your contract with us.

In rough sea conditions, the boat captain may increase child age limits or place restrictions on or refuse to carry passengers with medical conditions and/or limited mobility and on passengers who are pregnant.

We reserve the right to cancel or change a tour at any time in the interests of passenger safety. Weather and sea conditions can change quickly, and this may alter the status of your tour at any time. We will inform you of any cancellations by the contact details you have provided, before 10.00am on the day of departure.  In the event of such a cancellation, we will refund passengers if they are unable to come on another day.  Those passengers who have booked online or through third-party booking agents please refer to the booking confirmation documents they have provided for details on how to claim your refund.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the customer to check that their Safari is running and AWADS will not be held liable for any costs incurred because of the customer not being aware of a cancelled Safari.

 

BOOKING AND CANCELLATIONS

We do not charge a booking fee.

We do not charge a fee for changing and/or updating your booking.

Cancellations

You may cancel a booking up to 24 hours prior to departure without incurring a financial penalty. Cancellations within 24 hours of departure or ‘no show’s’ must pay a 100% cancellation fee.

 

CHECK-IN DEADLINE 
All passengers are required to check in no later than 15 minutes prior to departure time.  Please be aware that your allocated seats may be released to stand-by passengers if you do not check-in by this time.  There is no refund available for those passengers who arrive late, and additional fees may apply should you wish to reschedule. The boat will not be held for you if you arrive late at the departure point. We are not liable to you for any direct or indirect loss or damage you may suffer as a result of your late arrival at either check-in or the departure point.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We may refuse to carry you if we, acting reasonably, are not completely satisfied that it is practicable and safe for you to participate in the tour. Before you make any booking, you must tell us if you (including all participants in your booking) suffer from any illness, disease or other mobility or medical condition which may make it impracticable or unsafe for you or other passengers to participate in the tour, or if you think you could be affected by adverse sea and weather conditions. 

All tours carry a degree of risk and by participating in the tour provided by us you are expressly assuming those risks personally and are, to the maximum extent permitted by law, releasing us and our officers and employees from any liability, claims, losses, damages or expenses caused by any event, including, but not limited to: personal injury or death, property loss or damage, acts which may be construed as negligent or accidental, any other loss, damage, suffering, emotional or nervous disorder.

To ensure maximum safety and enjoyment of the tour by yourself and other passengers you must follow all reasonable instructions given by our staff before, during and after the tour and you agree that you will ensure that any children in your care do the same. You are responsible for the safety and protection of your own personal possessions at all times.

Even if you have a booking, we may refuse to carry you if we reasonably believe that carrying you may put the safety of the boat or the safety or health of any person in the boat in danger or at risk, or if you have not obeyed the instructions of our staff or a member of the crew of the boat relating to safety or security, or if you require special assistance and you have not previously made arrangements for such assistance, or if you are drunk or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or we reasonably believe you are in unlawful possession of drugs. 

 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS               

Please read carefully the first paragraph of ‘Health and Safety’.

 

CREDIT CARDS
We accept VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS credit cards as well as Bank Debit Cards.  We do not charge a credit card transaction fee!

Unfortunately, due to the number of fraudulent credit card transactions, we now require all passengers who purchased their tickets online to produce at check-in, the credit card that was used plus suitable photo identification. We reserve the right to refuse boarding to anyone who cannot comply with this policy. If you have booked a discount rate through a travel agent on WeChat or Weibo, the booking may have been made with a stolen credit card.


SIGHTING GUARANTEE 
We won’t refund money, but if you do not see any Whales and/or Dolphins, we will issue you and your party a Complimentary Voucher.  This complimentary voucher is valid regardless of how long it is until you visit us again. This Voucher is not transferable to another party and it cannot be redeemed for cash.

 

FILM, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO

Due to the nature of this tour, there will be a lot of photography and video being taken. By travelling on this tour, you have accepted that images all passengers will be taken and will potentially be used on social media platforms. If you have young children and have specific concerns, you must raise these with the Captain and Crew BEFORE departure. Please make sure you also read the related clause in the ‘Agreement’ section.

 

AGREEMENT

By purchasing a tour ticket, you are saying that you understand and accept the above terms and conditions and that you:

(1)    agree that your successors, executors, administrators and next of kin are bound by the terms and conditions;

(2)    agree, to the maximum extent permitted by law, not to commence any litigation or proceedings in any country in relation to the risks and perils of the tour and to indemnify us against any such claims;

(3)    consent to receive medical treatment in the case of injury, accident or illness during the tour and to indemnify us against any claims in respect of this treatment;

(4)    agree that any photographs, films, sound, video or other recordings taken of events or people by anyone during the tour will not be used in any promotion or advertising without our consent, however, we may use such images or recordings at our complete discretion without any prior approval;

(5)    confirm that the email address you have provided belongs to you or is authorised for your use and that you consent to us sending to you, from time to time and until you unsubscribe, marketing information (including surveys) in relation to our business and your experience with us;

(6)    agree that this Agreement is governed by New Zealand law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.