A pod of killer whale got up close and personal with a yacht in Banks Peninsula.
Christchurch yachtie Murray Hills spotted the orca at the heads of Pigeon Bay on a journey from Christchurch to Akaroa.
He said the pod swam over to the yacht and happily played for about 30 minutes.
"The encounter was both exhilarating and a little intimidating," he said.
"They were so close you could feel the warmth from their breath on your face."
Killer whales are a protected species in Canterbury's coastal marine area.