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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise provided by Black Cat Cruises

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Overview
Don’t miss a chance to spot Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins. When your ship pulls into port, spend your valuable time on a nature cruise across Akaroa Harbour. The skipper provides on-board commentary while you search the waters for marine life and take in New Zealand’s South Island scenery.
Highlights
  • Akaroa shore excursion: narrated nature cruise
  • Likely to see Hector’s dolphins—bring your camera
  • Tea and coffee served on board to keep you warm
  • Pickup and drop-off available from designated meeting points
Important Information
Departure Point
83 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Full on-board commentary
  • Tea and coffee
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring light jacket, sun protection and camera
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
81Reviews
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Sammy&Stuey wrote a review Apr. 2020
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom34 contributions2 helpful votes
A 2 hour cruise packed full of information by the skipper, who was very friendly and full of knowledge about the local area. You get free tea and coffee, map of the harbour in 6 languages. On our cruise we saw Hectors Dolphins and lots of Fur seals. Wrap up warm if its a windy
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Apr. 8, 2020
Hi Sammy And Stu, Thank you for your generous review and for your kind words about our skipper and the rest of our team. Our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise is a product that we are very proud of and we really appreciate you noticing what a wonderful place we have here. Sharing this beautiful scenery and wildlife as well as spreading the knowledge that comes with it is our pleasure. Thanks once again and we hope to see you again soon!
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watchitwatchout wrote a review Feb. 2020
Woodend12 contributions8 helpful votes
Did the Akaroa Harbour Cruise with Black Cat as a shore excursion from Princess NZ Cruise, Feb 2020. Cannot recommend highly enough. A really friendly and efficient team run this business. The boat was comfortable with plenty of inside and outside viewing areas and seating. We
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 20, 2020
Hi watchitwatchout, thanks so much for the great review on TripAdvisor. I'll make sure I pass your lovely feedback on to Kate, Alex and Helen :-) They will be thrilled. Sounds like you had a such a fun time out there, we hope you can join us again soon.
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Toni-Wayne wrote a review Feb. 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand179 contributions66 helpful votes
Spectacular scenery and we saw lots of dolphins as well as penguins and fur seals. This was on our bucket list and we were extremely happy with the experience.
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 20, 2020
Hi Toni-Wayne, thanks so much for your review on TripAdvisor. So wonderful you got to tick of something on your bucket list - thank you for choosing us! We hope to see you again in the future.
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Greynomad_10 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Sydney, Australia108 contributions29 helpful votes
We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and Antartica. We are well aware that wildlife spotting cannot be guaranteed but in most cases, guides know where wildlife and even sea life MIGHT be found. Consequently, when
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 8, 2020
HI Greynomad_10, thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback on TripAdvisor. We are very sorry that our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise did not meet your expectation. We sincerely apologise for the comments made by our crew, on this occasion they were trying to be humorous but it has caused a miscommunication and resulted in a negative experience for you. Our management team have spoken to the staff involved and again we apologise that you had a bad experience with us. We hope you are able to come back to Akaroa one day and experience the tour again so you can see it in a positive light as we hope all our wonderful passengers do. We hope you enjoyed the rest of our trip around New Zealand!
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Margaret B wrote a review Jan. 2020
Daytona Beach, Florida6 contributions6 helpful votes
We cruised today with Captain Kate and Helen and Alex. We saw New Zealand fur seals and dozens of Hector's dolphins. The crew were very helpful and informative. The narration was funny and educational. We had a wonderful morning on the Black Cat!
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 8, 2020
Hi H2831DEmargaretb, thanks very much for the review on TripAdvisor! Wow you saw heaps of wildlife out there - sounds like an amazing day out! Thank you for choosing us to take you out for the day. We hope to see you out on the water with us again soon.
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alexiat198
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Loved it!
Awesome trip, knowledgeable and cheeky driver. Beautiful nature and animals. Would do it again if I lived a tad clo
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Pauline Y
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only way to see the dolphins
We booked through bookme.com and got a slighter cheaper deal but we noticed they did have specials at the desk!! C
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Christine L
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A great experience
The 12.45pm cruise was great. Very professional yet friendly. Found.lots of dolphins and seals. Even one penguin.
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MeredithC388
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Nz Nature tour
What a joy it was to see a slice of pure NZ stretching out to the Pacific Ocean. The boat was well appointed and co
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lenaawitt
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One of the best things I've ever done
This has definitely been one of my favorite things I've ever done. We saw a few Dolphins, unfortunately they didn't
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LynleyAS
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Great way to explore Akaroa harbour.
Great trip out on the harbour. Captain (Julian) very knowledgeable and passionate about the environment, it's wild
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Rantinrover
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Plenty of scenery and wildlife
We were able to book on the same day for our cruise around the huge natural harbour at Akaroa. Adult tickets were
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MargreetS80
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A must do experience
We had a perfect afternoon cruise. Friendly staff and appreciated the discounted cost for travellers during this pe
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Reece D
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Black Cat B+
Got canceled due to the weather twice but got out on the water today. Ol mate the skipper had more Dad jokes than
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janey-28MH
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Brilliant experience
Wow!! So delighted. The nature cruise was a fabulous experience. The crew so witty and so knowledgeable. Highly re
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Andrewcharley
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Stunning akaroa
My first visit to akaroa, stunning, the black cat cruise the highlight of my one week trip to Christchurch so far
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saltyskins
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Loved it!
We did the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise today! We loved, both of us are 30 and enjoyed it all. Good sized vessel, p
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justinwL3694KP
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Incredible experience
This was truly incredible, even with missing the dolphins the trip was truly incredible with some amazing views and
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Bauenmore
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Great example of Kiwi Tourism
Low key professionalism. Understated Kiwi way of doing things. Great tour through the harbour. Captain hit just the
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117brigidg
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A must do trip! Many dolphins came out to play around the boat.
We had a fantastic 2 hour trip out to the harbour mouth, hoping to see the worlds rarest and smallest dolphin speci
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Key Details
  • Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa Lighthouse
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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