swim with dolphins
Where else can you interact all year round
with one of natures most intelligent and playful creatures?
New Zealand has several coastal areas where you can enjoy a
breathtaking close encounter with friendly dolphins. There is no
better way to get to know these fascinating creatures than
actually swimming in the midst of a pod and observing their
antics. New Zealand has beautiful warm water for swimming amongst
dolphins with the added bonus that you can often see orcas,
whales, seals, penguins and albatrosses in the same location.
Daily tour boats operate from a number of ports along our east
coasts. The boats have large viewing decks and staff with
training in marine mammal behaviour. They provide informative
commentaries and allow you to listen to dolphin calling sounds
through hydrophones. You dont need much swimming experience
to get up close and personal with these wild creatures as the
wetsuits supplied give ample buoyancy in the water.
The Bay of Islands has resident dolphins and water-jet powered
catamarans visit them daily. Aucklands Hauraki Gulf is an
exceptionally diverse marine park with common and bottlenose
dolphins and a 90% chance of successful viewing. Kaikoura has the
renowned Whale Watch operation as well as regular encounters with
dusky dolphins - the most acrobatic of the species. Lyttleton and
Akaroa offer the chance to swim with the rare Hectors
dolphin. From Manapouri and Te Anau you can arrange natural
history cruises on Milford and Doubtful Sounds, which include
swimming with dolphins and seals.
Dont miss this ultimate marine mammal adventure - its
an unforgettable experience.