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Black Cat Cruises

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“nature cruise”(58 reviews)
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

We booked the excursion from our cruise ship travelling around New Zealand. Swimming with the Hector Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour was easily the highlight of our two week trip. There were twelve people in our group and we were kitted out with full wetsuits, boots...More

Thank louisew407
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked this trip direct with booking office on the wharf...very informative and helpful staff. Our 1.30pm trip was great and we saw numerous dolphins swimming in their natural environment...skipper Chris accompanied by Ala and Ged made a great team and we had great fun...More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had Chris (boat driver), Ged, and Ala as our tour guides and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Very easy to book through booking.com, well organized and hot shower at the end. We were a bit worried because the weather was very cold but we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nicolemozel
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent the morning cruising the harbour to spot Hector's dolphins and sealions, and they put on a wonderful show for us. Welcoming crew and excellent narration from our skipper.Great memories that will last with us a lifetime. A must do.

Thank Q2259UFangelas
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Instructive comments of the skipper, saw seals, penguins, albatross, petrels, shages and dolphins, just my cup of tea. Only 10 people, turnarounds when dolphins were spotted, a bit of geology. Definitely a must.

Thank suesli
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun 2 hours; wildlife doesn't play to order but we had a pod of dolphins join us on the outward trip and saw another pod with a juvenile later on. A tip for getting the most out of it if there are large numbers...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mythaluk
BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. You were one of the lucky ones to see a juvenile! They are a special sighting!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's basically a two hour cruise a thing harbour spotting does dolphin, the smallest in the world. Quite reasonable number seen but very hard to photograph. Fur seals seen on the rocks and some interesting rock faces. Reasonable commentary & $85 for 2 hours -...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MrMink
BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Akaroa Harbour is a beautiful harbour to cruise around and the wildlife just top it off. The joys of wildlife is that then never sit still long enough for easy photos :-)

Reviewed 1 week ago

On a rainy overcast day we headed into choppy water. I nearly didn't get in due to the condition but nothing could stop me once the dolphins arrived. A magical experience. Our guides were amazing and just as excited as we were. Finished off with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sonja V
BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Sonja! Although the weather may have been a bit drab - it sure sounds like you had a great trip. The dolphins don't seem to mind the cold wet conditions :-)

Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole thing exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, educational and professional. It was a magical experience swimming with Hector's dolphins in their own natural environment. You get a bonus hot chocolate drink to warm up after the swim and you can purchase photos...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pink-Wolf
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You really have to DO it to understand what I mean. No matter how many cruises and destinations you may have traversed in your life, this is something of a magical tour! I remember this tour for the experience of sea life, the vast expanse...More

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