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Black Cat Cruises

#5 of 23 Tours in Akaroa
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Address: Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 7641
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

We started our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises back in 1985 and are the...

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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Third time and still loving it!

This really has to be a must do activity for those visiting Akaroa. This was our third time on this cruise and we will continue to go on it when we return to Akaroa again. The... read more

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This really has to be a must do activity for those visiting Akaroa. This was our third time on this cruise and we will continue to go on it when we return to Akaroa again. The boat is large and comfortable and the captain provides both an informative and interesting commentary on the history of Akaroa and about its local... More 

Thank BringOnTheFun
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great cruise! Was a nice day and saw lots of dolphins, couple of penguins swimming and some seals on rocks and swimming from a distance. Also nice scenery! Kids loved it and so did us adults highlight was watching the dolphins showing off. Could have done with an extra hour out there as I think we spent too long fascinated... More 

Thank Mj2010nz
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars rather than 5 is that we didn't get to 'swim with dolphins' which was kinda the point of the trip! We went as a large family group celebrating a 'big' birthday. The Black Cat business is very well operated- facilities are very clean and spacious, wet suits good quality, staff knowledgeable, friendly... More 

Thank RevolutionTours
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Dan, Helen and Julian, few of the many people who made this cruise so personal, warm and awesome. They were lovely throughout the journey and always ready to help. We had some really good humour thrown in through time and they kept us on our feet and entertained with the birds, seals and dolphins! I loved the part where we... More 

Thank Amrutha K
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I had this booked as the last day of our holiday to New Zealand and what a way to finish. We were staying in Christchurch, and had booked an independent transfer to Akaroa. The staff at Black Cat cruises are very friendly and informative. They provide you with all the kit you need and advise of what... More 

Thank Liz K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were fortunate - beautiful sunny day and almost no breeze. The scenery is truly amazing and we saw penguins, seals, dolphins, and other bird life. The geology is outstanding - I've not seen anything like it elsewhere. A really worthwhile trip.

Thank Grant B
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All i can say is AMAZING!! My family of 5 including 2 toddlers thoroughly enjoyed this cruise...The commentary from Andrew was very informative and the 2 ladies helping out on the boat were really friendly and welcoming... The day was sunny and dolphins were absolutely beautiful. We hung out at the mouth of the harbour while they swam and played... More 

Thank Amanda L
Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Black Cat experience was part of our Princess Cruise around NZ and did not disappoint, despite the poor weather. We arrived at the office to be advised that staff were giving the option of a refund, as the weather was pretty rough. But dosed up on travel sickness pills and wrapped in warm clothes we took the plunge and... More 

Thank jojo8966
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing harbour cruise with excellent, informative and witty commentary throughout. A tour around the harbour with historical items pointed out and then comes all the wildlife.... a little penguin swimming on by, numerous seals with pups playing away, dolphins jumping out of the water and topped off with a national geographic moment... 10-15 birds flying next to us at... More 

Thank Lee_A_B_1976
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today we experienced the thrill of Hectors Dolphins at Akaroa with family from the uk! Amazing creatures. Prehaps poor recent weather affected the mood of the crew, sadly for us two mums with three excited preteens in tow, the guy assisting us to kit up was not very helpful. We stuggled for quite a time, requested assistance a few times... More 

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