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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch
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Explore the coastal town of Akaroa and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with dolphins on this full day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the breathtaking New Zealand countryside to Akaroa and admire sights of interest such as Governor’s Bay and Lake Ellesmere on route. Cruise into the harbour with your guide and watch the waves for marine life. Strap on your snorkel and flippers and swim with elegant Hector’s dolphins in the wild. Enjoy free time to explore Akaroa, then visit a local cheese factory for a tasting session.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • This day trip includes the chance to swim with Hector’s dolphins — one of the world’s smallest dolphin species — in Akaroa Harbour, a waterway teeming with marine life. After a morning pickup from your Christchurch hotel, enjoy a comfortable coach drive to the coastal town of Akaroa, passing breathtaking natural landmarks such as Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River. On arrival, embark on a dolphin cruise over Akaroa Harbour. Keep an eye out for penguins and seals, and search the waters for curious and playful Hector’s dolphins — commonly sighted among the waves.  When your captain has located a pod, don your wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers then slip into the water. Since these endangered marine mammals are completely wild in their natural habitat, touching them is not permitted, but simply ducking down beneath the waves to marvel at the magnificent dolphins makes for an unforgettable experience.  After the return journey to Akaroa, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense), and explore the craft shops and French colonial buildings in this charming corner of the South Island. Your guide then accompanies you to a Barry's Bay cheese factory for a tasting session of fine New Zealand cheeses. Your full-day tour concludes with the return drive to Christchurch, with drop-off at your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
What to expect
  • This day trip includes the chance to swim with Hector’s dolphins — one of the world’s smallest dolphin species — in Akaroa Harbour, a waterway teeming with marine life. After a morning pickup from your Christchurch hotel, enjoy a comfortable coach drive to the coastal town of Akaroa, passing breathtaking natural landmarks such as Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River. On arrival, embark on a dolphin cruise over Akaroa Harbour. Keep an eye out for penguins and seals, and search the waters for curious and playful Hector’s dolphins — commonly sighted among the waves.  When your captain has located a pod, don your wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers then slip into the water. Since these endangered marine mammals are completely wild in their natural habitat, touching them is not permitted, but simply ducking down beneath the waves to marvel at the magnificent dolphins makes for an unforgettable experience.  After the return journey to Akaroa, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense), and explore the craft shops and French colonial buildings in this charming corner of the South Island. Your guide then accompanies you to a Barry's Bay cheese factory for a tasting session of fine New Zealand cheeses. Your full-day tour concludes with the return drive to Christchurch, with drop-off at your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2950CLT09A
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Cheese tasting at Barry's Bay
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Wet suit hire
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be 8 years and over to swim with the Dolphins
  • Customers must declare any pre-existing medical conditions. A basic level of fitness is required. Customers will be floating in the water and will be required to swim to and from the boat - distances up to 50 meters (150 feet) at a time.
  • Minimum 4 adults required before tour can operate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Inclusions
  • Cheese tasting at Barry's Bay
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Wet suit hire
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be 8 years and over to swim with the Dolphins
  • Customers must declare any pre-existing medical conditions. A basic level of fitness is required. Customers will be floating in the water and will be required to swim to and from the boat - distances up to 50 meters (150 feet) at a time.
  • Minimum 4 adults required before tour can operate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 25 Sep 2020
A note from Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch
Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygiene and social distancing measures. Do not travel if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. If the city in which you are departing from is in alert level two, then please wear a facemask for all transport.
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Caroline A
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Disappointed
Nov 2019 • Solo
Our driver was friendly and told us a lot about New Zealand and its animals and nature. Due to the fact that there was a cruise ship arriving in akaroa that day our tour-itinerary was turned around and we started with the cheese factory (which is really just a tiny little shop) and the free time in Akaroa. I found it too much time as we had more than 2 hours and there is really not that much to see. If it would have been after the cruise it would probably have been okay with time for lunch.
Now, what still makes me angry is the fact that because our itinerary was switched around we could not swim with the dolphins. We should have been on the 11 o clock boat but have been switched to the 1 o clock boat instead. Due to a change of weather it was not possible anymore to swim with the dolphins.
Very disappointing especially when you know you should have been on the other boat!
I think the itinerary only makes sense in the way it is described here on trip advisor and not the other way around. Changing that for a cruise ship is random and denied me the one in a lifetime chance to swim with the dolphins.
Written 22 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Caroline I am sorry that you were disappointed that due to the weather you were unable to swim with the dolphins on the day of travel. The tour was not switched around 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm are our swim times in Akaroa and the actual time of the swim on any given day depends on availability on the boats. This was very unfortunate and completely due to a change in the weather on the day of travel. Should you have the opportunity to visit Christchurch again, as explained on the day we would be happy to take you to Akaroa again without charge.
Written 23 December 2019
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Abby
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Must Do
Oct 2019 • Friends
I left my wallet on the tour bus (100% my fault) and I was carrying a lot of cash so I was pretty worried when I lost it, but they found it and made sure to meet up with me before I flew out. Beyond the great service the price is unbeatable and our driver was so nice, and we had a great ride to akaroa. Then we got checked into our dolphin swim for the afternoon and had plenty of time to walk around, shop, and grab lunch. Our dolphin swim was one of the most amazing things ever! We swam with around 30 dolphins which was so cool! This company is definitely the way to go for tours and swimming with dolphins is a must do for christchurch!
Written 21 October 2019
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you Abigail for the great review and for recognition of our service! I know how stressful it can be to lose a wallet or a phone, so I'm really glad we were able to return that to you before your flight out of Christchurch. It's also great to hear that you had a nice time in Akaroa too. Akaroa is a beautiful town so we try give people as much time there to explore on their own as possible. As for your swim with dolphins tour, that's awesome to hear you got to see so many. This month there have been more and more sightings of large groups of Hector's Dolphins in the harbour so it means that our customers have had the privilege of swimming with large pods of dolphins at the same time! Thanks again for the awesome review and recommendation. We hope you get to visit NZ again soon!
Written 21 October 2019
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Parker Finton
3 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2019
A group of 8 of us came as we were independently traveling as we are studying abroad! We booked the dolphin swim from Christchurch and the ride over was absolutely amazing. The bus driver was very kind and gave a lot of great information! It ended up being that our group was the only on the boat and that made it even more of an awesome experience. Supposedly, we got super lucky! The normal trip sees about 5-6 dolphins that stick around for you to swim with but we ended up seeing 25-30 dolphins and swam with them for the entire 45 minutes! One of the best parts of our trip by far and would recommend to anyone! Staff was very friendly as well!
Written 19 October 2019
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Canterburyleisure
Thanks for the great review! I am really pleased you had a nice time on your Swim with Dolphins tour in Akaroa. It is a great drive from Christchurch to Akaroa, and I'm pleased that our driver made it all the more special. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words. It's also great to hear that it was just your group on the boat too, and that you got to see 25-30 dolphins. Seeing so many dolphins in the harbour is fairly uncommon, but such sightings is something that does become more frequent in the Spring and Summer months. Either way, you're quite lucky to see so many of these rare dolphins! Thanks again for the positive review. All the best with your studies!
Written 20 October 2019
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Amy M
Idaho61 contributions
Awesome tour!
Dec 2018 • Solo
Awesome tour! I was the only one who booked this transfer so I got to talk to the driver and learn even more about the area than usual. Cheese factory stop on the way was neat and we got to taste 4 cheeses. We got to akaroa early so I got extra time in the town to walk to the lighthouse and through the town shops. Lovely small town! The cruise was awesome! We found 3 pods of Hector's dolphins and got to spend a few minutes in the water each time with them. Since they are endangered animals and are completely wild, you cannot touch them. But that makes it even more cool when they feel comfortable enough to swim only about 10 feet from you.
Written 2 January 2019
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Thanks for such a positive review Amy. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the beautiful harbour of Akaroa. And it's always great to hear that you had a nice time with both your driver/guide and booked activities. The Hectors Dolphin's are usually quite comfortable around people and its not uncommon for them to get very close to the swimmers. And as they are some of the world's rarest dolphins, it's a real thrill to see them! Thanks again for the positive review and I hope you have the opportunity to visit New Zealand again at some point in the future.
Written 2 January 2019
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nwoodtli
15 contributions
The trip was okay.
Feb 2018 • Friends
We had a good day trip from Christchurch to Akaroa. But we didn't go and see the cheese factory. Our guide was a lovely guy but for some reason he picked us up from Akaroa too late.
Written 20 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. The Akaroa Doplhin Swimming Day Tour from Christchurch does not normally include a visit to the Cheese Factory, that visit is part of our Akoaroa Day Tour with Lunch and Harbour Cruise. Following the Dolphin Swim we normally allow our customers time to look around the village of Akaroa and get a late lunch prior to returning to Christchurch. I am sorry if you thought the departure time from Akaora was too late. It has been our expereince over the years that our customers enjoy a lesiurely lunch and look around the village and appreciate not being rushed.
Written 23 March 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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