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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.

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


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

Claire's avatar



Ranking: 10/10


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Alix's avatar



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!!

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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.

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Ivan Dupont


Ranking: 7/10

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

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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.

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Ranking: 7/10

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

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Julian Zeissler


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.

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Annika Marz


Ranking: 7/10

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

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Marie Toulemonde


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!

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Max Backelandt


Ranking: 7/10

Nice trip with amazing landscape.  Quite expensive.

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Lena Hanhart


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.

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Ranking: 10/10

It was beautiful!!

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Mark and Eefie


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!