- Only place in the world you can swim with Hector’s dolphins
- One of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Marine Mammal Experiences
- Among the most life-affirming nature activities
Named after the former curator of the Colonial Museum in Wellington, who studied the first specimen, Hector’s dolphin is the smallest marine dolphin and without doubt one of the friendliest. They love meeting humans in the water so you can expect plenty of fun interaction in Akaroa, a protected marine sanctuary on the Banks Peninsula. A picturesque harbour overlooked by volcanic cliffs, it’s a stunning setting to enjoy swimming alongside dolphins, which is always incredibly uplifting for the soul.
All the equipment you need is provided on this 3-hour tour that will take you amongst the dolphins, following their movements from a safe distance. When the time is right, overboard you go to get up and close with these cute and inquisitive mammals. If it’s a cold day, don’t worry, your wetsuit, booties and hood will keep you toasty, and there are hot showers and drinks provided on the return journey. This Wellington gift experience is one that keeps on giving - you’ll remember this dolphin encounter for years to come!