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Akaroa - Harbour Nature Cruise - Black Cat Cruises

Discover playful, rare New Zealand Hector's dolphins, fur seals, penguins and many other kinds of sea birds, on Akaroa Harbour.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery around Akaroa Harbour
  • Watch dolphins, penguins, fur seals and birds in their natural habitat
  • View the stunning volcanic formation of Cathedral Cove
  • Relaxing cruise aboard our comfortable catamaran

Discover the natural beauty and fascinating wildlife on Akaroa Harbour with an amazing 2-hour cruise aboard the Black Cat, a spacious, modern catamaran specifically built for sight-seeing.

Departing from Akaroa, you'll soak up sweeping scenic views over the Harbour from the purpose-built viewing decks while enjoying enthralling commentary from the skipper on-board.

While cruising, you'll discover and get up close to playful New Zealand Hector's dolphins, fur seals, penguins and a wide range of sea birds! Not only that, but we'll cruise past a host of local landmarks and points of interest including the stunning volcanic formation of Cathedral Cave, plus you'll see relics of Maori and colonial history, and see a modern working salmon farm.

Dolphins are sighted on 95% of our trips, if you do not see dolphins we will give you a voucher to go again another day.

Voted one of the top 101 things to do in New Zealand by local New Zealanders.

Product Extras: If you need to book additional spaces for adults or children, this can be done on your way to checkout.

Adult $90.00 (16+ years)
Child $35.00 (5-15 years)
Infant $0.00 (0 - 4 years)

Duration

  • Allow approximately 2 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Child Age is 5 - 15 years.
  • Complimentary tea/coffee is provided on board. Snacks and drinks are available to purchase on board including wine & beer. Optional photo packs available to purchase.

Available Bookings from February 25 to March 03

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  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$63.00
  • Child$35.00
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  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$63.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$63.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$63.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$63.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.8

788 reviews

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Nyaradzai Garakasha from Australia wrote on 23 January 2020

The best excursion money can buy!

It was fantastic cruise and a real treat for seing nature at its best. Seeing seals, dolphins and penguins in their natural habitat was amazing for adults and the kids.

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andrem1 from New Zealand wrote on 02 January 2020

Good trip

family enjoyed the trip, seeing the wildlife and visiting the bays around the inlet.

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I. B. from New Zealand wrote on 24 February 2021

Fun Experience

We like sailing through the big waves - it was like a roller coaster. The highlight was seeing those dolphins. Thank you for the fun experience!

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Kerri Vickery from New Zealand wrote on 24 February 2021

Amazing

The team were very welcoming and friendly. The whole experience was amazing. The kids are already asking to do it again.

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James West from New Zealand wrote on 22 February 2021

Our second visit - not soo good!

This was our second cruise with black cat. It was a great trip, we saw the dolphins and lots of seals. However our first trip with black cat in September was so much better. The guide was funny and a lot more informative, interesting stories on every stop. The first trip we also saw 20+ dolphins, obviously this was very lucky!

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