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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise provided by Black Cat Cruises

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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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Overview
Search for Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, on a narrated catamaran cruise of Akaroa Harbour. Make stops at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay and a New Zealand fur seal colony at Seal Bay. The skipper provides on-board commentary on New Zealand’s South Island scenery.
Highlights
  • Akaroa Harbour nature cruise by luxury catamaran
  • Likely to see Hector’s dolphins—bring your camera
  • Skipper explains sea caves and volcanic cliffs
  • Tea and coffee served on board to keep you warm
Important Information
Departure Point
Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 2-hour nature cruise
  • Full on-board commentary
  • Tea and coffee
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Stacie wrote a review Mar. 2020
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We had a lovely cruise of the Harbor. The captain was very experienced at spotting and attracting the wildlife. He'd play with the engines to churn the water to encourage the dolphins to play nearby. At one point we had 13 dolphins swimming around the boat. We saw penguins,
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Belsara wrote a review Mar. 2020
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Black Cat deliver a fantastic tour which I highly recommend. Over the course of two hours we saw multiple dolphins, fur seals and one penguin and we received fantastic commentary on the area and the formation of the caves and inlets. Our family of five loved the experience.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
HI Belsara19, thanks very much for your review on TripAdvisor! So glad you had such a great time with our team on the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise - sounds like you saw so much of our fantastic Akaroa wildlife! We hope you can all join us again one day soon.
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TamKL wrote a review Mar. 2020
Hertfordshire22 contributions
Friendly and helpful crew led by the wonderful Kate. Saw dolphins, penguins (which apparently are rare but on that day there were quite a few) and seals. The only thing I would recommend is taking binoculars for the seals (not that near) and the penguins (very small!).
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi TamKL, thanks so much for taking the time to write us review on your tour! I've certainly pass your lovely feedback on to Kate - she'll be thrilled! Great recommendation about bringing binoculars, awesome idea! We hope to see you out with us again soon.
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Wilpensmi wrote a review Feb. 2020
Mt Martha, Australia57 contributions28 helpful votes
If you are going to visit Christchurch, you will find it is totally unlike Auckland as far as the number of attractions to visit. You may want to consider the 1.5 hour trip to the little village of Akaroa. There you will find a large number of small shops and restaurants along
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Wilpensmi, thanks so much for your awesome review on TripAdvisor! Isn't Akaroa fantastic!? We are so lucky to be based here. Sounds like you had a wonderful day out on the water. We hope you can join us out on a tour again in the future.
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JohnANDLee W wrote a review Feb. 2020
Durham23 contributions9 helpful votes
We completely enjoyed our cruise in the harbor. There was plenty of room on the boat - we stayed up front with room to stand and sit. We saw blue penguins, a couple of seals, and lots of Hector's dolphins. The commentary was informative and ongoing throughout the cruise.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi johnandleew, thanks very much for reviewing us on TripAdvisor. Sounds like you had a wonderful day out on the water! We hope you can come and join us over in Akaroa one day in the future! Thanks for your lovely comments on our staff.
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Voyager560420
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Swimming with Dolphins
We drove here to Akaroa from Christchurch, which in itself was a really nice trip with stunning views. On arrival w
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bev185
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Fun with the dolphins
We had a great time with Black Cat. We weren’t able to swim with the dolphins but saw them close up and had fun try
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GKimb
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Great experience!
We had a great time on our trip to swim with the dolphins even though we didn’t get the full experience and had som
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B5724TIcindym
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Great 2 hr cruise
Take anti emetics prior if cruising on a choppy day. Very pleasant cruise. Seen dolphins and seals and a great comm
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Andrew B
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Dolphin Experience
Travelled from Christchurch to see this and it was well worth it.Family run business and they look after you better
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967dilipd
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Swimming with Dolphins
Excellent!!! Black cat cruise Swimming with Dolphins is an vary enjoyable experience worth the effort to get here.
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watchitwatchout
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Don't miss this!
Did the Akaroa Harbour Cruise with Black Cat as a shore excursion from Princess NZ Cruise, Feb 2020. Cannot recomme
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Jltboy11
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Unforgettable experience!
Swimming with Dolphins is something wanted to do for years and Black Cat cruises did not disappoint! We had three o
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Tonyp4357
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Fantastic & professional
We had a very informed and professional setting up and ride to the dolphins along with sightings and a few dolphins
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Fredthefiddle
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Real value for money.
It seemed like quite a lot of money to pay for a trip out of Akaroa for a 2 hour nature cruise, but boy, did this t
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Toni-Wayne
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Awesome experience
Spectacular scenery and we saw lots of dolphins as well as penguins and fur seals. This was on our bucket list and
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Greynomad_10
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Poor crew attitude
We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and Antartic
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Greynomad_10
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Poor crew attitude
We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and Antartic
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sofiel379
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Wow Great Experience and Service
I really loved this tour. The experience to get close to dolphins is so unique, especially Hector dolphins which yo
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AsSeenByJane
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I am an avid traveler and I mark this as one of my top 10 experiences in the world
I have been on wildlife cruises, I have been swimming in open water, I have done shark cage diving, and I have seen
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