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Black Cat Cruises

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Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
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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
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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Great ride. Saw lots of widelife. Free coffee, hot chocolate, tea. Landscape breathtaking, on the day the sea was carm. Beautiful.

Thank yvo47
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Sounds like a perfect winters day! Thank you for cruising with us :) Best wishes, The team at Black Cat Cruises Operators of the Award winning Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Swimming With Dolphins

Reviewed July 10, 2017

Julian piloted the boat and made sure we all got a great view of everything we came to see. It was a wonderful trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it and all Akaroa had to offer,, from the fur seals, dolphin and mussel farms along the...More

Thank Sandy R
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Julian is a very talented skipper and we are so pleased to hear he gave you all a fantastic trip out on the harbour. Thank you very much for coming out to cruise with us. Best wishes, The team at Black Cat Cruises Operators of...More

Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

My tour managed to see dolphins, seals, and penguins. I am a bit sad that we kept circling the dolphins for almost ten minutes which I felt was an inconvenience to the dolphins and obtrusive.More

Thank Maria F
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give feedback. As a SMART (sustainable marine mammal actions in recreation and tourism) operator and the only enviro-gold operator in Akaroa we take our wildlife and their environment very seriously and work with the utmost respect to the...More

Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

Booked a cruise around the local area which was cold in May. I booked with the local tourist information centre and walked on over to the harbour. The captain gave us an informative guide on the history, geography, geology, nature of the area. The boatride...More

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pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for your review. We agree that the best place to stand is out on the deck to feel the fresh air and watch the wildlife that lives in and around Akaroa harbour. We are glad you made use of the blankets we provide,...More

Reviewed June 25, 2017 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

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pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for joining us on our Swimming With Dolphins experience. We are so pleased to be offering this all year round again and your experience is wonderful to hear. Best wishes, The team at Black Cat Cruises Operators of the Award winning Akaroa Harbour...More

Reviewed June 14, 2017 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 June 20, 2017

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 June 13, 2017

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.More

Thank David D
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Yes Akaroa is a fantastic destination all year round and the wildlife are just as present and active in the winter as they are the rest of the year. Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience and thank you for choosing...More

Reviewed June 7, 2017

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
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for you fantastic review of both the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise experience and the wonderful service you received both on board the Black Cat catamaran and in store with our staff. Your tip to get fresh fish and chips from the end of...More

Reviewed June 3, 2017 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
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you so much for your review. Great to hear you saw multiple pods of Hector's dolphins and that you had a beautiful winters day. We appreciate your review and your choice to come and experience our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with us. Best wishes,...More

Reviewed June 1, 2017 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

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pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thank you for your great review and we're glad to hear you enjoyed the commentary and the historical sights along the way. Best wishes, The team at Black Cat Cruises Operators of the Award winning Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Swimming With Dolphins

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