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Dolphin Swimming - Onuku Farm Hostel - Akaroa

Join us for a truly magical dolphin swimming experience in the beautiful Akaroa Harbour!


  • Encounter New Zealand’s amazing Hector dolphins!
  • Enjoy this small group dolphin swimming experience.
  • Explore sea caves and spot penguins and sea birds throughout this experience.

Onuku Farm Hostel provides small group tours, away from the crowds, to ensure you have a personalised dolphin swimming experience.

Get closer to the dolphins than any other boat on the harbour which will ensure you have the very best of dolphin encounters.

Meet New Zealand's Hector Dolphin, one of the smallest marine dolphins in the world!

On this boutique style tour, you'll also get to explore some of the volcanic coastline, including sea caves, and look out for seals, penguins and sea birds.

An absolute must do, true kiwi experience in the magnificent Akaroa Harbour!

Dolphin Swimming $150.00 (Per Person)
Dolphin Watching $75.00 (Per Person)

What's included

  • Wetsuits
  • Snorkels
  • Flippers
  • Hot shower
  • Cup of tea and a snack while on the water


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • 89 Hamiltons Road, Akaroa 7581, New Zealand

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Please Note: Children need to be 8 year old and over to go dolphin swimming, and 5 years old and over for watching.

Available Bookings from November 28 to December 04

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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6spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Swimming$119.00

3spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Swimming$89.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Swimming$119.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Swimming$99.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Swimming$150.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Watching$59.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Watching$59.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Watching$59.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Ophélie Buhlmann from France wrote on 23 October 2020


It was an Amazing experience !! 😍 Thank you all the team you are awesome !! OphĂ©lie and Damien

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Hey Ophelie and Damien Thank you so much for joining us for a dolphin swim and taking the time to send a review. We absolutely love it when our guests have good time on our boat and it sounds like you did. Lovely to meet you both! Cheers, Mafi

Rachel Leada from New Zealand wrote on 19 October 2020


So my husband and I bought a swimming and a watching pass. While we didn't get to swim (by choice) we had a blast. We saw a dolphin, some penguins & some seals which was cool. Mafi and Brooke were lovely and made the whole experience really fun!

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Hi Rachel Thank you for choosing our dolphin swim and taking time for this lovely review. We are happy you enjoyed your morning with us despite the sea conditions not being perfect at the time. Take care! Cheers, Mafi

Lauren from New Zealand wrote on 11 October 2020

Amazing Swim with the Dolphins

We had a great morning swimming with the dolphins. Loved that we were in a group of six (with only three of us in the water). We got lucky with about 20 dolphins playing around us, that even though its early spring we spent 45 minutes in the water with the dolphins coming up close, playing and circling around us. This is definitely an experience I would do again.

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Hi Lauren Thanks for choosing our dolphin swim and your great review. So glad you had a good time on that cold morning and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your day in Akaroa. It was lovely meeting you both! Cheers, Mafi

Sonia Fuglicek from New Zealand wrote on 07 October 2020


Incredible experience swimming with the beautiful dolphins. Brooke and Mafi were awesome and felt like good friends taking us out on an adventure. We saw heaps of dolphins, seals and penguins. This tour is much better for those who don't want to go on a huge touristy boat.

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Hi Sonia, Thank you for joining us on a dolphin swim and your lovely review. We are very happy you enjoyed your trip - it certainly was a great morning and we enjoyed having you both on the boat. Cheers, Mafi

Yi from New Zealand wrote on 07 October 2020

Fantastic experience

The whole trip was fantastic and we got to see groups of Hector’s dolphins swimming around us. Definitely memorable. Thank you so much! We wish we can come back one day to do it again :)

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Hi Yi, Thank you for joining us for a dolphin swim and your great review. We enjoyed meeting you both and are very happy you had a good time. Save travels and stay safe. Cheers, Mafi


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