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Black Cat Cruises

#5 of 23 Tours in Akaroa Features Animals
Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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We started our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises back in 1985 and are the original cruise operators so we know the harbour pretty well. Along the way we've been named as the supreme tourism award winner and also hold the Enviro gold award from Qualmark to recognise our dedication to the environment.Your nature cruise will be on the 'Black Cat', a large modern and stable vessel allowing great views of all the scenery and wildlife including dolphins, seals and penguins. If by some chance you do not see dolphins then we will provide a ticket to come again another day. This happens on average 2% of the time across the whole year.We look forward to meeting you and giving you the best stories from the Akaroa Harbour.
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Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Me and my husband had this dream of swimming with dolphins and it became true in akaroa with black cat cruise... We swimt for 45 minutes in the ocean...the crew was highly professional and well trained and we would have stayed in the ocean for...More

Thank Semiprivate P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never expected to see so many dolphins! Let alone see them so close. Had the most amazing swim with dolphins all around us, everyone got the chance to see and take videos/photos of them. Staff were awesome and had great sense of humour and also...More

Thank Jacky F
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you had an experience of a lifetime with us in Akaroa! It's what we strive to deliver every day :) Happy travels! The team at Black Cat Cruises

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had relatively low expectations for a winter dolphin tour, but were pleasantly surprised. The crew were excellent, and we saw literally dozens of dolphins. We also saw many seals, a few penguins and feeding albatross. A great experience and one I would recommend.

Thank David D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got on the 11am tour. It was low season so we had a lot of space to move around. The crew, Julian & Dan were great, safety was a priority with these guys. Their knowledge of the area was good and Julian gave us...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing day out. The greeting from the shore crew was warm and friendly. We were greeted on board by a very enthusiastic skipper and knowledgeable as well. The crew were friendly and warm. We were treated to a lot of local knowledge...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most amazing day on the cruise. Great commentary the crew is friendly made some great tasting hot chocolate. Free tea/coffee/hot chocolate on board. We spotted loads of Hectors dolphins & fur seals. One of the first Maori Church. Very stable boat. Loads...More

Thank trawellguru
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the tour from Christchurch i-site centre and this include a return bus shuttle from Christchurch to Akaroa and the cruise. It cost NZ$125 per person ($50 for bus and $75 for cruise). We were so glad we did the cruise! We saw many...More

Thank LP_online
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an incredible cruise with Julian and Josh. The catamaran was perfect for the rough waters at the mouth of the harbor. Julian and Josh were both knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife and as any great guide does, the "put us on...More

Thank Rick T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Andrew was the captain and Hugh was the deckhand. Both provided knowledgeable information. Saw hector dolphins, albatross and mollymook bites as well as fur seals. All accompanied by great commentary. Definitely recommend

Thank MarkTeakle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our swim with the dolphins. The trip came with lots of information about the wildlife and what to expect from the trip. Weather conditions weren't ideal the day we were due to go so we were phoned the day before to discuss...More

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