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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 May 13 to May 19

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 13 May
Fri 14 May
Sat 15 May
Sun 16 May
Mon 17 May
Tue 18 May
Wed 19 May

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant$0.00

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

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$49.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$30.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$59.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$25.00
  • 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

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Elaine from New Zealand wrote on 13 April 2021

Awesome trip

Comfortable catamaran with room to move inside and out to view the sights. Very informative comentary on the history, geology and wildlife of the area. Good sightings of seals and various birds. Captain tried his best to get in as close as possible to view the wildlife. Glimpses of Hectors dolphins were exciting but best of all when we were returning to Akaroa the dolphins were playing in the bow wave of the catamaran and were easy to see from the front of the boat. A wonderful trip thankyou

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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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Peter from New Zealand wrote on 13 May 2021

So many dolphins 👌👌👌

Absolutely amazing!! Such a beautiful day an saw about 4 pods of dolphins which came right up to the side of the boat, would 100% recommend this to anyone

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claref from New Zealand wrote on 12 May 2021

Family trip

Great tour of the harbor & the wildlife. The crew had a good knowledge of the history of the area.

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