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Akaroa Harbour Swim with Dolphins Cruise - 3 Hours

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

Akaroa, New Zealand
DurationDuration3 hours
Start & End TimeStart & End Time9.30am, 12.30pm and 6.30am late-Dec-Feb only
Pick-Up & Drop-OffPick-Up & Drop-OffNot included

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Swim with New Zealand's rarest dolphin
  • Wetsuits and masks provided
  • Hot showers and hot chocolate after cruise
  • Dedicated dolphin guide

What to Expect

Come and swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin in Akaroa. It's a once in a lifetime experience, as picturesque Akaroa is the only place on the planet that you're able to swim with them! 

Cruises depart at 9.30am and 12.30pm, with a 6.30am late-Dec-Feb. Please arrive at the Main Wharf in Akaroa 30 minutes prior to departure time. 

A 90-minute drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is a quaint, French-inspired seaside village that you'll instantly fall in love with. As soon as you arrive, you'll feel the magic, and the good vibes just keep coming as you head off on a dolphin swim cruise!  

Make use of the onshore facilities - hot showers, change rooms and lockers - before jumping aboard Black Cat Cruises purpose-built swim vessel. Get ready for an epic day! Everything is provided, including wetsuits and masks.

After a half hour briefing, you'll head off to meet the dolphins. You'll get to experience up to 2 hours on the water, with about 45 minutes swimming time. 

You'll dive in with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. It’s the ultimate dolphin experience! Hector’s dolphins are endemic to New Zealand, which means you won't find them anywhere else in the world. Akaroa is the only place you can get this close. It's a once in a lifetime experience to swim with these beautiful marine mammals in their natural habitat.

Hector’s dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and Black Cat Cruises donate a portion of all ticket sales back to education and research on these endangered creatures. You can swim knowing these friendly creatures are well looked after. 

After making some new friends, it's time to hop back in the boat and back to the harbor. There, enjoy a hot shower and then a hot chocolate while you debrief. 


Terms & Conditions:
  • All swimmers must be confident swimming in open sea conditions with a good level of fitness and be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres unaided as life jackets are not permitted and if they are required we would recommend joining as a Spectator or  Akaroa Harbour Cruise for viewing wildlife.

  • 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, mask.

  • Not suitable for children under 8 years and children 8yrs to 12 yrs must be accompanied with an adult swimmer.

  • 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. If you suffer from asthma it is essential to bring your inhaler with you to take out on the boat for your own safety.

  • 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.

  • If you don’t see any dolphins (average 3% of cruises) then we give you a refund of 50% and if the dolphins just don’t want to interact with swimmers (average 17% of cruises) then we give you a 25% refund.

Cancellation Policy:
  • If a passenger wishes to change or cancel their tour they must give Black Cat Cruises a minimum of 24 hours notice. Anytime later than this will incur a cancellation fee.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or change a tour or to replace any vessels at any time. Weather and sea conditions can change quickly and this may alter the status of your tour at any time. In the event that your tour is cancelled due to adverse sea or weather conditions, you are entitled to a full refund, or we will transfer your booking to an alternative date if one is available and suitable.

Tour Operator

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

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