A tour to encounter Kaikoura’s dusky dolphins can only be described as magical and inspiring. The options available are snorkelling with the dolphins, all equipment is supplied, or watching the dolphins if you would rather stay on the boat and not get wet!  The tours operate daily except for Christmas Day and advance bookings for the swimming option in particular, are essential.  Swimming is limited to just 16 swimmers per boat with the remainder of seats available for watching.   Beautiful photography opportunities of the most acrobatic of all dolphin species are part of the package so make sure you experience this tour while visiting Kaikoura.

The Backpacker Group Members Deal

Dolphin Encounter offers 10% off dolphin swimming or dolphin watching tours.

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Tours & Products

Swimming with dolphins and/or watching dolphins


Times    5.30am, 8.30am and 12.30pm – High Season

Times    8.30am and 12.30pm – Low Season


Duration of the tour is approximately three and a half hours.

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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Terms & Conditions

  • A valid The Backpacker Group membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct bookings only and may not be used in conjunction with any other discounts
  • Advance bookings are essential to be certain of a swim space.
  • Cancellations must be advised at least 24 hours in advance of departure or cancellation fees will apply.
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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]co.nz.  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.