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Hector's dolphins, Akaroa

Swimming with Hector's Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

The sheltered harbor of Akaroa is an ideal place for a unique encounter with the world's smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins, the Hector's dolphins. Your cruise today will take you out along the tranquil waters of the harbor in search of pods of dolphins, and conditions permitting, you will take to the water to join them in their natural environment.

With just ten swimmers allowed on board, you are guaranteed a very personal experience, and the Black Cat company are a Green Globe accredited operation in recognition of their environmental practices. Your guide is on hand at all times to ensure your safety and to answer any queries, and once back on land you will be able to enjoy a hot shower and warm drink.

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Other experiences in Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Harbor Wildlife Cruise
    Akaroa & Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

    Harbor Wildlife Cruise

    Harbor Wildlife Cruise

    This harbor cruise is one of the most picturesque in New Zealand and gives you the chance to experience the Banks Peninsula's most majestic scenery.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tour below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.