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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2950CLT09A

Enjoy this full day trip from Christchurch and visit the beautiful unspoiled old French whaling depot of Akaroa. Travel by road to Akaroa via Sign of the Takahe and Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth, Little River and the Hill Top. A stop will also be made at the cheese factory at Barry's Bay, where you can sample some fine New Zealand cheese.


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  • All necessary equipment included
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

On arriving at Akaroa join the 'Canterbury Cat Too' for a cruise on the Akaroa Harbour sighting dolphins, penguins and seals. Prior to your departure you will be equipped with wet suit, mask, snorkel and flippers. After locating a pod of Hectors Dolphins you will enter the water to swim with these rare and endangered mammals. Following your return to Akaroa village, time will be available for lunch (additional at own expense) and to explore the many fine craft shops and old French colonial buildings prior to your return to Christchurch.

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Tour departs from selected Christchurch hotels

Departure Time:
  • 8:45am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:

Returns to original departure point at 5:45pm

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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Live commentary on board
  • Cruise on Akaroa Harbour including dolphin swimming with all equipment supplied
  • Cheese tasting at Barry's Bay
  • Snorkel equipment and wet suit hire
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Drinks
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.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Rupita, January 2013

amazing experience, everyone should do this!

Reviewed by: Stephanie G, January 2011

Great value for money! Great Team and great time with the Dolphins!!!! Do not hesitate!!!
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Tour code: 2950CLT09A