Swimming with the dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

Swim with dolphins tour with Black Cat Cruises | Cafe lunch in Akaroa | Hotel pick up and drop off

A day tour to Akaroa, the only settlement attempted by the French in New Zealand, passes through the beautiful landscapes of the Banks Peninsula. This region was formed following violent eruptions of volcanoes over 6 million years ago and the picturesque town of Akaroa itself sits in an ancient volcanic crater.

You will travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which gives glorious views of farmlands, Akaroa Harbour, Lyttelton Harbour, the Canterbury Plains, Christchurch City and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. On arriving at the main wharf in Akaroa we will introduce you to Black Cat Cruises where you will be briefed for your Swim with the Dolphins Experience. After enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe you will have an opportunity to wander around the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios . Time permitting stops will be made at Little River, Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory and Birdlings Flat.

What to Bring

South Island weather is extremely variable. Sudden changes are not uncommon!

We encourage you to wear clothing suitable for being active, comfortable walking shoes and a wind proof top is advised. We find it helpful to wear layers of clothing that can be added and/or removed.

The following is recommended:
  • swim wear and towel
  • wind/shower proof jacket
  • warm sweater or jacket
  • hat (type depending on weather)
  • DAY PACK (or bag you can carry and have both hands free)
  • sunscreen (high SPF)
  • sunglasses
  • water bottle


“Canterbury Trails was a lot of fun, our driver Irene was very knowledgable about the area in Akaroa and Christchurch. The swimming with dolphins was the highlight of our trip. She stopped at some areas where we could stop and take pictures. Lunch was delicious and the customer service was excellent. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling…”

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