Swim with the dolphins or enjoy an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Just 90 minutes from Christchurch is the historic French village of Akaora and its stunning harbour. Board a Black Cat cruise and see the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin, or or an an incredible adventure get up close and swim with the dolphins!

The historic French Village of Akaroa and its spectacular harbour is just a 90 minutes drive from Christchurch.

Board the big “Black Cat” catamaran in majestic Akaroa Harbour and see the world’s rarest & smallest dolphin – the Hector’s dolphin, penguins, seals and more! Choose from a 2-hour Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise or for an incredible adventure get up close and swim with the dolphins*!! (T’s and C’s apply).

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  1. kymmage 01/09/2019 at 8:07 pm

    Oh wow, that looks absolutely amazing. I would love to do this. Addigg it to the awesome things we could do in Canterbury.

  2. candyjanenz 31/08/2019 at 4:58 pm

    Would love to go to Akaroa, it sounds like such a beautiful place. I think it would be wonderful to also go to all the french eateries there as well. The cruise would be awesome for the family, especially if you got to see wild dolphins and penguins.

  3. Loucyd3 30/08/2019 at 10:33 pm

    My husband and I visited Akaroa a few years ago and absolutely loved it, it would be amazing to head out on the ferry and swim with the dolphins.

  4. MuddledUpMolly 27/08/2019 at 2:05 pm

    I have been to Akaroa once and I wish I had been more often when I lived in Christchurch as it was so close by. We are so lucky in New Zealand to have such beautiful spots to visit and a range of cultures and history.

  5. SarahBlair 21/08/2019 at 4:55 pm

    This sounds amazing!! I would love to do this, I think that we will be spending part of our summer holidays in Canterbury!

  6. Bevik1971 20/08/2019 at 4:44 pm

    Wow now this is something that would be awesome to do!! Only issue for me is that I get bad motion sickness haha! I would still try it though, just take some sea sick pills 🙂 I’ve never been to Akaroa and would love to visit and look around there

  7. Mands1980 15/08/2019 at 10:46 am

    This would be such a great nature cruise to go on I love Akaroa harbour it is amazing when the weather is great and the dolphins do come in really close. My youngest son was in the water once and started screaming as a dolphin was swimming around him he thought it was a shark. Dolphins always come in close in the summer months to the shore.

  8. Jen_Wiig 13/08/2019 at 7:24 pm

    One of my bucket list things to do is visit Christchurch not just to see the mighty Crusaders but to be able to do something magical like this with the kids… How amazing to be able to just jump on a ferry and go swim the dolphins and such a short trip only 90mins that’s incredible!!!

  9. Shorrty4life1 12/08/2019 at 10:03 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing have always wanted to do the swim with the dolphins and this cruise I think my children would be absolutely intrigued by this sort of thing. We used to go to the beach and park up and see if we could spot any dolphins on a Saturday night as a family and they would love it. Definitely on my to do list 📃

  10. Micht 06/08/2019 at 2:26 pm

    One i have had my eye on for ages but have yet to experience, ive seen friends pics from this boat ride and have been so jealous that i have not gone… i will endeavour to do so before the end of 2019, and at least tick it off the list…its quite the experience ive been told.

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