Things to do in Christchurch – Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins in Akaroa

If you’ve found yourself looking for things to do in and around Christchurch, look no further than a Hector’s Dolphin encounter with Black Cat Cruises in Akaroa. The Hector’s Dolphin is only found in the waters of New Zealand and is the smallest species of Dolphin in the world. And if that wasn’t reason enough; Akaroa is the only place that you can swim with the Hector’s Dolphin, making this truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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Akaroa is located approximately one and a half hours driving time to the south east of Christchurch in the Banks Peninsula and has a lot of uniqueness about it; other than the Dolphins that is. Full of history, Akaroa is a town of British and French influence and is situated in an extinct ancient volcano. The harbours of Akaroa and Lyttelton were once the twin craters of the volcano some million years ago. French settlers arrived to Akaroa in 1840, the effect of which is still felt today with many French street names and French families living in Akaroa.

 Akaroa Bays

Akaroa Bays, Banks Peninsula

Black Cat Cruises operate Dolphin Swimming adventures in Akaroa year round, excluding our Winter months (June, July and August), as New Zealand’s Winter temperatures don’t make for the most pleasant swimming! During the warmer months, cruises operate every day but are weather dependent. Each tour is limited to a maximum of 12 people to ensure that each swimmer has the best chance of coming face-to-face with a Hector’s Dolphin. Whilst Dolphin sightings can’t be guaranteed on every trip; 98% of Black Cat Cruises’ tours see Dolphins and 81% have successful swims. The Banks Peninsula is home to about 900 Hector’s Dolphins where they spend a lot of time playing and eating. Hector’s Dolphins are generally very people friendly which is why they like to swim up to the Black Cat Cruise boats.  

 

Swimming with dolphins

Swimming with a Hector’s Dolphin on a Black Cat Cruises’ tour

Everything you need for the cruise and swim is provided – a thick wetsuit, snorkel & mask, booties, gloves and a hot shower after your swim. And if swimming’s not your style, there’s the option to stay on board and view the Hector’s Dolphins from the boat.

As with much of New Zealand, there’s plenty to be said about the sights and scenery that you’ll take in along the way. Akaroa is no different, and you’ll be treated to amazing blue waters and green mountain ranges bordering the harbour throughout your Black Cat Cruise.

Swimming with the Hector’s Dolphins with Black Cat Cruises is without a doubt worth putting on your list of things to do while on holiday in Christchurch.

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