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Swim in a sheltered harbour with the rare and friendly Hector's Dolphin, just 90 minutes from Christchurch in picturesque Akaroa, a quaint French inspired sea-side village.

Swimming with dolphins is undoubtedly one of the most amazing experiences you can do and should be on everyone's "bucket list". In Akaroa, you can swim with one of the world's rarest dolphin, the Hector dolphin and only found in New Zealand. Everything is provided, wetsuits (dry suits in winter), snorkels, googles and a free hot chocolate and gift pack. Cruises depart daily all year round, see our website for more details.

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Up close with Hector's dolphins

Up close with Hector's dolphins

Cruise in sheltered Akaroa Harbour.

Cruise in sheltered Akaroa Harbour.

Contact

Email: info@blackcat.co.nz

Website: Swimming with Dolphins - Black Cat Cruises

Phone: 0800 43 65 74

Phone (intl): +64 3 304 7641

Akaroa Address:
Main Wharf, Akaroa or 61 Beach Road

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56 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Claire

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alix

France

Ranking: 10/10

It was a small boat, we were only there with 10. We saw and swam with a lot of dolphins, IN-CRE-DI-BLE!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Isabel

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

A bit disappointing. The view under the water was really bad, so it was hard to see the dolphins. Not many dolphins at all.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in April 2016

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Ivan Dupont

France

Ranking: 7/10

The water is really cold, but we swam with dolphins so we forgot the cold really fast!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stefano

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place, cordial and well prepared staff. Little bit expensive $150, for what it is. If you want to stay and really enjoy the dolphins, just rent a kayak.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lena

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Take the morning tour, it is a higher chance to see the dolphins.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Julian Zeissler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It was nice to swim with the dolphins but we searched a long time for them. The tour guide did not do any good photos.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Did not find that many dolphins, but it was good. The only bad things was $140.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphin watching and swimming cruise in Akaroa - beautiful place! Unfortunately the dolphin did not decide to swim with us but the company gave us a refund. Nice!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Max Backelandt

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice trip with amazing landscape.  Quite expensive.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lena Hanhart

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome experience, the hot chocolate after the swim was really a good idea. The only thing I don't like is that they put 'fake' dolphins in the picture.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

It was beautiful!!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mark and Eefie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Go swim with the dolphins! Friendly staff who try to make the most of the trip. Hot chocolate on board! Hot showers afterwards!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

56 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Claire

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alix

France

Ranking: 10/10

It was a small boat, we were only there with 10. We saw and swam with a lot of dolphins, IN-CRE-DI-BLE!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2016

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Isabel

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

A bit disappointing. The view under the water was really bad, so it was hard to see the dolphins. Not many dolphins at all.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in April 2016

Swimming with Dolphins - Black Cat Cruises is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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Ivan Dupont

France

Ranking: 7/10

The water is really cold, but we swam with dolphins so we forgot the cold really fast!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stefano

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place, cordial and well prepared staff. Little bit expensive $150, for what it is. If you want to stay and really enjoy the dolphins, just rent a kayak.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Lena

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Take the morning tour, it is a higher chance to see the dolphins.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Julian Zeissler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It was nice to swim with the dolphins but we searched a long time for them. The tour guide did not do any good photos.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Did not find that many dolphins, but it was good. The only bad things was $140.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphin watching and swimming cruise in Akaroa - beautiful place! Unfortunately the dolphin did not decide to swim with us but the company gave us a refund. Nice!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Traveller Voted Awards 2009 Dolphin Watching Finalist

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Max Backelandt

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice trip with amazing landscape.  Quite expensive.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lena Hanhart

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome experience, the hot chocolate after the swim was really a good idea. The only thing I don't like is that they put 'fake' dolphins in the picture.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Swimming with Dolphins - Black Cat Cruises is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

It was beautiful!!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mark and Eefie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Go swim with the dolphins! Friendly staff who try to make the most of the trip. Hot chocolate on board! Hot showers afterwards!

Reviewed over 5 years ago