I'll be in New Zealand in early October and would like to try swimming with dolphins. I've heard the Bay of Islands and also the Coromandel peninsula are two options - but is it likely to see dolphin so early in the season?
The New Zealand Tourism organization devotes an entire section to Dolphins and both sighting and swimming with them, including tour and cruise operators, you can find their website at www.newzealand.com. During our visit to New Zealand our best swim was off the Cape Brett Lighthouse . about 5 years ago
Milford Sound boat tour through the glaciers is quite stunning (though all of New Zealand is one gorgeous area after another!) Bring warm clothes with shoes and socks even if it is a hot, sunny day. Once you get between those glaciers it gets quite cold. You were warned. :-) almost 5 years ago
1) The Bay of Islands
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dolphin tourism operators in New Zealand, and the Bay of Islands is no exception. You go out on a ferry, sail around a bit until you find dolphins, and hope they’re attracted to your bow wave.
2) Goat Island
Goat Island is a haven for snorkelers, with its clear water and abundance of beautiful, colourful fish. For most people, wading into the shallow surf and having all these vibrant aquatic creatures swimming around your ankles is a wonderful experience, which is why so many people flock to Goat Island each year.
You can get a ferry that’ll take you to see the dolphins out in the Hauraki Gulf straight from downtown Auckland.
4. The west coast of the North Island
Off the west coast of the North Island is the only place in the world you’ll find the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, the smallest dolphin in the world.
5. The Marlborough Sounds
The Marlborough Sounds are at the top of the South Island and are beautiful to cruise around even without the dolphins.
As we travel down the South Island we reach Kaikoura, a town famous for its whale watching. about 4 years ago