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Black Cat Cruises

#4 of 23 Tours in Akaroa Features Animals
Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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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 January 17, 2017 via mobile

Black Cat did a great job with the product they had. The boat was comfortable, the crew was competent, the scenery was great. But I was expecting more dolphins, and more interaction. We glimpsed a total of 9 dolphins, who quickly swam by us. Even...More

Thank Cleo F
Reviewed January 17, 2017

We had a great time on this nature cruise! The captain was very knowledgeable and funny. We enjoyed seeing the seals and dolphins, and just enjoyed the views from the boat. I would bring a jacket however. It was very breezy.

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

We booked a dolphin cruise for 9 of us and our group included five children from 3-11. All Of the kids had a good time. We saw a fair few dolphins and a couple of penguins and some seals. It was bracingly cold on the...More

Thank kazandmillieb
Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

Such an incredible 2 hour trip, with an amazing guide (I think he was called Julian!). We saw lots of Hectors dolphins with their babies, the smallest penguins in the world, fur seal colonies with their babies and heaps of other wildlife and interesting sights....More

Thank Paulrproctor
Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Just been on the Black Cat cruise in Akaroa... Thoroughly enjoyable having seen Dolphins, Fur Seals and the rare NZ Penguin. Crew were great (despite the captains bad jokes lol) and the complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate rounded things off nicely. 100 seater catamaran...More

Thank Keith G
Reviewed January 15, 2017

I was fortunate enough to join the Black Cat cruise team and go and do the dolphin swim in Akaroa. The team were awesome to deal with. They spoke us through step by step of what to expect on the water. Wet suit instructions &...More

Thank amywhitnell
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic experience. Learning about these interesting creatures, and then getting in the water with them. Our guides were so friendly (Ada and Julian) made a sincere effort to find a pod of dolphins for us to swim with even though it meant we...More

Thank martyharly
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

We have had an amazing day! Highly recommend Black Cat Cruises in Akaroa, such a wonderful experience, was warned that the sea was rough today but it was fine for us! Saw so many dolphins, they are so sociable and come up to the boat!...More

Thank Kristy K
Reviewed January 12, 2017

After listening to the briefing, getting suited up in a thick wetsuit and trooping of to the boat (with obligatory photo), it was off into the bay. And around the bay we went ....and went... and went. Unfortunately the dolphins weren't cooperating and to their...More

Thank Ian H
Reviewed January 12, 2017

We had booked the 'swim with the Hectors Dolphins' with Black Cat. We were all so excited for this experience. Our weather was stormy, however. We arrived a bit early and registered for our adventure. We were to be in the 2nd group of the...More

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