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Black Cat Cruises: 3hr Swimming with Dolphins

Year round, get up close and personal with New Zealand’s Hector’s Dolphin – the world’s rarest. Cruise the harbour of historic French Akaroa, just 90 minutes from Christchurch, aboard your Black Cat Cruises vessel. Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award

Swimming with Dolphins - Akaroa

AkaroaHarbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with New Zealand’s playful Hector’s dolphin – the world’s smallest and rarest species. Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, depart the historic French township of Akaroa aboard one of Black Cat Cruises safe and comfortable vessels. All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your pleasure: wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate, even a free gift pack. You can also watch the dolphins, along with other seafaring wildlife, from aboard. Black Cat Cruises – Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award

Vessel:  Cat 2, Clipper, Black Knight, Black Pearl – minimum 2, maximum 20.

What's included:
Wetsuits, masks, Snorkels. Full briefing on dolphin's expected behaviour from dedicated dolphin guide. Hot drink and shower. Free dolphin information brochure, Certificate and dolphin postcard. Optional photo pack. Free kids activity book.

Note: dry suits are provided from May to September.

Commentaries/Interpretation:  Great English speaking guides, Information sheets in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean.

What to Bring:
Towel and swimming costume, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Note:  Drysuits (May to Sept) customers should wear normal clothes underneath (thermal, fleeces, polyprop underwear, wool socks, trousers etc)


Akaroa Harbour is around 90 minutes drive from Christchurch.

Akaroa Township is a quaint, French inspired seaside village which is very romantic and unique in New Zealand. It's the only place on the planet where you can swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand dolphin.

Black Cat Cruises operate 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. And we'll also take optional photos of you swimming with dolphins.

The three house includes half an hour before for briefing and putting on the wet suits, two hours on the water and up to 45 minutes in the water with dolphins, and half an hour afterwards for debrief, hot drink, shower and photos (optional).

Departs: Daily All year

Swimming with dolphins

6.00am, 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 9.00am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm.

Departure Point:  Main Wharf or 61 Beach Road, Akaroa (departs 30 minutes after check in). Return time is when customers ready to leave wharf.

Tour Length:  3 hours