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Swimming with Dolphins

Akaroa, New Zealand

Dive into the Akaroa Harbour and swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's dolphin!

Duration3 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time9:30am - 12:30pm or 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-OffNot Included
Minimum Age
Minimum AgeAll Ages
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationAkaroa Harbour
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Swimming with Dolphins Highlights

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Swim with New Zealand's rarest dolphin - Hector's dolphin!

  • Wetsuits and masks provided

  • Enjoy hot showers and a delicious hot chocolate after cruise

  • A knowledgeable and dedicated dolphin guide

What to Expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time should I allocate for this experience?

Allow 3 hours for your swim experience: 2 hours are spent out on water & 1 hour includes suiting up, safety briefing and post swim hot showers. 

Yes! However, children 8-15 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult swimmer in the water

Under 5’s can spectate for free as long as they have an accompanying adult spectator.

Mininum age to swim with dolphins is 8 years

Your modern, purpose-built swim boats are perfect for viewing both the Hector’s dolphins and the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour.

Your vessel is one of the only swim boats on the harbour with covered seating option and on board toilets, plus there’s unimpeded viewing and plenty of shade and shelter.

Relax and discover the harbour and it’s native dolphins with this award-winning cruise team.

Each swim is fully narrated + guided, with hot water available to hose into your wetsuit and warm you up after your swim, along with a lovely hot chocolate and biscuit.

  • A basic level of fitness is required. You will be floating in the water and will be required to swim to and from the boat – distances up to 50 metres (150 feet) at a time.

  • Swimming with dolphins is not available for children under 8 years old. Children between 8 – 12 must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.

  • Customers should have some knowledge of English, so you can understand safety instructions and emergency procedures. If you do not speak English, you should be able to read and understand the foreign language safety instructions and be confident that you can communicate with crew using the pre-agreed hand signals in the event of an emergency.

  • Customers must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Just bring your swimming costumes and a towel. Your camera and sunblock are not essential but advisable. Everything else is provided for you including wetsuit and mask.

If you are prone to suffer from sea-sickness we advise taking an anti-sea-sickness tablet before checking in for your swim. Different varieties take different amounts of time to start working so make sure you give yourself this time before heading out on the water. however it is best to attempt to stop the potential sea-sickness before it starts.

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Tour Operator

Black Cat Cruises
Akaroa Main Wharf, Akaroa, Christchurch 7520, New Zealand