Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises - Black Cat Cruises

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises

Black Cat Cruises


58 Rankers Reviews

48 Face-to-Face

2 Dolphin Watching

9 Boat Cruises

4 Akaroa

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Cruise inside an extinct volcanic crater
View Hector's dolphins


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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Black Cat Cruises

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South IslandCanterburyAkaroa


  • Dolphin Watching
  • Boat Cruises


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Sabrina Saunders

Ranking: 10/10

The team is so friendly and nice. Made sure to go above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Stefano Clerici


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Fran and Ben


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 5 years 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 almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 5 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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Thomas Zilio


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 almost 8 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 about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014