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Dolphin Swimming - Onuku Farm Hostel - Akaroa

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

Highlights

  • 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

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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 October 01 to October 07

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  • Dolphin Swimming$150.00

  • Dolphin Swimming$150.00

  • Dolphin Swimming$150.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

  • Dolphin Watching$75.00

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

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

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Janka from Hungary wrote on 12 February 2021

Familiar experience

It was raining in the morning. Mafi left it up to us to decide if we wanted to go. We did. And by the time we got on the boat it stopped raining. Our other guide was rushing around with a camera looking for dolphins (which she spotted in 2 minutes) . Our guides were as excited to see them as we were. They were very attentive to us and respectful to the dolphins. They put everyone at ease and the atmosphere was very familiar with a bonus picnic (tea and biscuits) on board. Once in the water our guides kept watch from on board and shouted to us excitedly where to turn when a dolphin was swimming by us. The whole experience felt like we were all friend just hanging out. It was awsome. I stayed at their hostel/campsite for the night. It made the whole experience even more relaxing. It's a charming place with an amazing view.

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Hi Janka Thank you for joining us for a dolphin swim and your fabulous review. It was lovely meeting you and it was indeed a great morning made even more special with that rainbow that was right behind you all the whole time you were in the water. Onuku means rainbow and is our logo! Cheers, Mafi

arantza from New Zealand wrote on 06 January 2021

Amazing experience!

Small group of 8 people + 2 hosts. We were lucky to see so many dolphins and swam with them in two different spots. At a point, we were surrounded by 5 (of course they come and go as they please). We even saw a baby dolphin with its mom. We also navigated to other areas and saw seals and birds, plus having a complementary hot beverage and a snack. They were kind enough to accept my request of having some gluten free cookies for me :). It was great, I think the small group made a huge difference, as we had enough time to swim and enjoy without many people around. Only 4 of us decided to swim that day. I totally recommend it. Gracias!

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Hi Arantza, Thank you for joining our dolphin swim and taking time to write this great review. We, too prefer smaller groups and we think it gives our guests the best dolphin experience. So glad you enjoyed it and it was lovely meeting you both. Cheers, Mafi

Nicklaus Lin Yung from New Zealand wrote on 02 January 2021

A must try activity!

It was a fun and enjoyable experience to see the hector's dolphin and other sea creatures. The most exciting part is that you get to swim beside the dolphins and they are so adorable. The crew is friendly and helpful to make sure you enjoy the trip! Big thanks to them!

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Hi Nicklaus Thank you for joining us on a dolphin swim tour and your great review. Our little Hectors Dolphins are certainly most adorable and we still enjoy them every time we see them. Glad you had a great experience out there! Happy New Year! Cheers, Mafi

France Launette from New Zealand wrote on 21 December 2020

Great experience thank you!!

Beautiful experience! Ani and Mafi were very welcoming and friendly! The boat tour was great, with a little group, we saw lots of Hector dolphins, we jumped in the water to swim with a few, we were even got to see baby dolphins, caves and seals, all with a tea and cookie break. Thank you so much for this unforgettable moment !!

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Hi France Thank you so much for joining our dolphin swim trip yesterday. We enjoyed having you on the boat and we are very happy you enjoyed your morning. The baby dolphins are definitely the cutest thing out there. Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cheers, Mafi

Chelsea H from New Zealand wrote on 10 December 2020

Absolutely amazing!

I was originally only going to stay at Onuku Farm Hostel for one night but loved it so much I stayed for two. The dolphin swim was better than I could've imagined! We had beautiful weather and got to do a boat tour along the coast, seeing penguins, seals and many dolphins. We were able to get into the water three separate times as the dolphins swam around us. It was truly magical. Tea and biscuits were provided on the boat as well as great conversation. I've already recommended to friends and new acquaintances. Would definitely come back to Onuku Farm Hostel for the stay and for the dolphin swim.

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Hi Chelsea, thank you for staying at Onuku Farm Hostel and joining our dolphin swim. Great that you loved Onuku, it most certainly is a beautiful spot. We enjoyed having you on the boat and hopefully will see you again sometime soon. Cheers, Mafi

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