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Swim with Hector's Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

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Black Cat Cruises

Swim with Hector's Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour


  • Swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphin
  • Enjoy a cruise on a jet-powered catarmaran
  • Professional guides with knowledge of the Akaroa Harbour

Swim with the Hector Dolphin, just 90 minutes from Christchurch! The beautiful, sheltered Akaroa Harbour is the perfect place to dive with one of the world's favourite and most intelligent creatures. Take to the water on a jet-powered catamaran in ultimate safety for the swim of your life!

What's Included?

  • All equipment including wetsuits, masks, snorkels
  • Hot showers
  • Hot chocolate
  • Dolphin postcard momento

Hector's dolphins are endemic to New Zealand, meaning that you will not find them anywhere else in the world, and Akaroa is the only place you can take a trip out to swim with them. They are also the world's smallest and rarest dolphin. An encounter with a Hector's dolphin in the wild is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Take to the water in a jet-powered catamaran for ultimate safety for you and the dolphins. Everything is provided including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate and a free gift pack. Passengers have a 95% success rate of seeing dolphins and a 90% success rate of swimming with them. On the rare occasion we don't spot any dolphins, you can join the cruise again at a later date.

This experience is part of the Responsible range as it holds a Qualmark Enviro-Gold endorsement.

Session Length

  • The total length of the tour is 3 hours
  • You will be swimming with the dolphins for approximately 45 minutes
  • Cruises depart every day all year with a limited Christmas Day schedule


  • Customers should be reasonable confident swimmers however a wetsuit is provided so there is a flotation
  • Swimming is recommended for ages 10 and above


  • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

Up to 12 swimmers per trip.


All cruises are weather dependent.

Dress Code

Bring swimming costume, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and a camera. You will be provided with a wetsuit, snorkel, mask and where appropriate hood, gloves and booties.

Other Info

Cruises depart every day all year with a limited Christmas Day schedule. Dolphins are wild and free to swim wherever they wish. There is a high probability that you will see dolphins, however this cannot be guaranteed. This makes the experience all the more special when you do see dolphins.

This experience takes place in Akaroa, a 90 minute drive from Christchurch, NZ.

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