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Black Cat Cruises

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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...more
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Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

With a stable boat, knowledgeable and skilful pilots and crew, this is really an experience not to be missed. The boat went out to the ocean and we saw blue penguins, dozens of dolphins, albatrosses and petrels as well as terns and fur seals. Not...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lynne660
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nicely organised, 7mm wetsuits and boots, so no worry about cold water, comfy showers and canging rooms, so no reason to hesitate !

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an AWFUL experience. These are wild dolphins, and you have a company that is gonna scam you pretending you’re gonna swim with them. Even their publicity is photoshopped, no one swims with these dolphins, not as closer that they let you imagine. We’ve tried...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Amelia A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this cruise online through Black Cat, while we were enroute to New Zealand. Akaroa is such a pretty little town, with a very small population. It relies a lot on tourism, and some fish farming. The tour group was a comfortable size, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank myebelle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this apart from putting on the wetsuit 😂 the guide and his partner were very helpful and really did well searching for the dolphins. They triumphed and we had “ close encounters” with the worlds smallest dolphins. Would definitely recommend, have fun!!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very much looking forward to this tour during our stop in Akaroa JAN 23rd. Alas, the sea was too rough and the tour was cancelled. Upon asking for a refund confirmation we were told it wasn’t necessary, they would do it automatically. We...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dovershore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was excellent and we were able to see so much of the wildlife in the bay including birds, seals and dolphins. The tour advertising uses the dolphins as a lure but when you see them the view is very quick as the dolphins...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 565dickf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been on this cruise a couple of times over the last 30 years but this time was the best. We saw everything, dolphins, penguins, albatrosses, seals and several other sea birds. Weather was perfect so standing on the deck at the front was the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Karin C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well-run, professional tour. Thoroughly enjoyable. Saw dolphins, penguins, and seals. Be sure to bring a jacked as it can get cold on the water.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank William R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable informative commentary. A wide variety of sea was viewed. Need to take a jacket as it is very windy and cool in February.

Date of experience: February 2019
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