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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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View Hector's dolphins

View Hector's dolphins

Cruise inside an extinct volcanic crater

Cruise inside an extinct volcanic crater

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


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

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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.

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Ceri Eaton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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

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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!

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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.

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Christian Schumacher


Ranking: 10/10

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

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Marco Schmidt


Ranking: 10/10

Well organised and environmentally aware.

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N Zitscher


Ranking: 5/10

OK but too expensive.

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Karin Genyn


Ranking: 10/10

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

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Peter Harden


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.

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Mike & Jennie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well looked after in the sea, lots of information.

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Stefes Wencke


Ranking: 10/10

Mostly impressed by the friendly hector dolphins! Very friendly crew and lots to learn.

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Jenny McTigue

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Really good cruise of Akaroa Harbour. Informative and got to see a dolphin, so they delivered.

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Johan Kroese


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice, kind guide.