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Join tourism award winners - Black Cat Cruises on a 2 hour Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise, we are the largest most experienced cruise company in Akaroa.

The historic French village of Akaroa is 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater in the renowned Black Cat, a spacious comfortable catamaran with excellent viewing platforms. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife including penguins and the rare New Zealand (Hector's) dolphin. Cruises depart daily from the Main Wharf, Akaroa.

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Email: akaroa@blackcat.co.nz

Website: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises - Black Cat Cruises

Phone: 0800 43 65 74

Phone (intl): +64 3 304 7641

Akaroa Address:
Main Wharf, Beach Road, Akaroa

48 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

Stefano Clerici's avatar

Stefano Clerici

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Very well organized, we sow dolphins and seals. Very cold day but we'll remember it. I'd recommend it.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Fran and Ben

England

Ranking: 10/10

Enthusiastic guides, very informative and made our experience lots of fun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Sue Milne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Comfortable, exhilarating ride. Complimentary drinks. Friendly, helpful staff. Interesting, reflective and informative commentary. The weather was against us for seeing penguins and dolphins but we loved the seals.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Patricia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphins, penguins, seals were seen on the boat tour, great waves. Guide made lots of jokes and was cool.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ceri Eaton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic boat trip in the harbour. Lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Thomas Zilio

France

Ranking: 4/10

Cruise with boat to explore animals (dolphins, seals, penguins etc....) Few animals seen during the cruise, few explanations and already $80 per person, quite a lot!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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JoMary Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Black Cat is very professional and well run. We had an excellent wildlife experience. The boat did not have many passengers so it was very personal. We saw lots of dolphins and the boat was stopped and engines off so that they would come really close. We also saw fur seals and lots of birds. The skipper gave us an excellent and informative commentary on everything we saw, and answered questions we had. It was one of the top experiences of our NZ stay.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Christian Schumacher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Had a lot of fun seeing many dolphins with very nice company and staff.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Marco Schmidt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Well organised and environmentally aware.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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N Zitscher

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

OK but too expensive.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Karin Genyn

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Nicest wildlife, penguins, seals, dolphins (hectors) on one trip for a good price.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Peter Harden

England

Ranking: 9/10

Ticket purchase and booking easy - trip to view dolphins and other wildlife in Akaroa Harbour was excellent with good first class commentary.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Mike & Jennie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well looked after in the sea, lots of information.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

48 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

Stefano Clerici's avatar

Stefano Clerici

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Very well organized, we sow dolphins and seals. Very cold day but we'll remember it. I'd recommend it.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Fran and Ben

England

Ranking: 10/10

Enthusiastic guides, very informative and made our experience lots of fun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

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Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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Sue Milne's avatar

Sue Milne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Comfortable, exhilarating ride. Complimentary drinks. Friendly, helpful staff. Interesting, reflective and informative commentary. The weather was against us for seeing penguins and dolphins but we loved the seals.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2017

Patricia's avatar

Patricia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphins, penguins, seals were seen on the boat tour, great waves. Guide made lots of jokes and was cool.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises - Black Cat Cruises is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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Ceri Eaton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic boat trip in the harbour. Lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Thomas Zilio

France

Ranking: 4/10

Cruise with boat to explore animals (dolphins, seals, penguins etc....) Few animals seen during the cruise, few explanations and already $80 per person, quite a lot!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

JoMary Smith's avatar

JoMary Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Black Cat is very professional and well run. We had an excellent wildlife experience. The boat did not have many passengers so it was very personal. We saw lots of dolphins and the boat was stopped and engines off so that they would come really close. We also saw fur seals and lots of birds. The skipper gave us an excellent and informative commentary on everything we saw, and answered questions we had. It was one of the top experiences of our NZ stay.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Christian Schumacher's avatar

Christian Schumacher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Had a lot of fun seeing many dolphins with very nice company and staff.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Marco Schmidt's avatar

Marco Schmidt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Well organised and environmentally aware.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

N Zitscher's avatar

N Zitscher

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

OK but too expensive.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2012

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises - Black Cat Cruises is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Karin Genyn's avatar

Karin Genyn

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Nicest wildlife, penguins, seals, dolphins (hectors) on one trip for a good price.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Peter Harden's avatar

Peter Harden

England

Ranking: 9/10

Ticket purchase and booking easy - trip to view dolphins and other wildlife in Akaroa Harbour was excellent with good first class commentary.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Mike & Jennie's avatar

Mike & Jennie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well looked after in the sea, lots of information.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012