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

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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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.
82Reviews
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Katy wrote a review Jan. 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
We sailed with Julian, and he was a fantastic captain! We saw so many hector dolphins, fur seals, and even a few blue-finned penguins. Julian narrated the whole cruise with a voice that belongs on National Geographic specials! Whenever he spotted an animal worth viewing he would
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Apr. 26, 2020
Hi kdbless, We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip with us! Julian will be delighted that he provided you with an experience you won't forget. We thank you for your great review and for your kind words. Hopefully you will be able to join us again soon!
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Elissa C wrote a review Jan. 2019
Roseville, Australia5 contributions2 helpful votes
Really enjoyed the cruise. We saw a lot of baby seals which were fun to watch on the rocks, a couple of little penguins in the water, some soaring birds and minimal dolphins.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 12, 2019
Hi Elissa C, thanks very much for your review on TripAdvisor. We are so much you enjoyed the cruise and got to see the gorgeous baby seals!!! We hope you can travel with us again soon.
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resistance wrote a review Jan. 2019
texas40 contributions10 helpful votes
if you like history, seeing rare dolphins and other animals then this is the tour to take. water was rough, so we returned early but well worth it. in fact, on the way back our larger boat provided wave break for a smaller one also returning to the dock. that impressed me a
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 12, 2019
Hi resistance, thanks so much for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled you had such a great time us out on the water . We hope to see you back in Akaroa soon!
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War143 wrote a review Jan. 2019
Auckland, New Zealand163 contributions62 helpful votes
Our Captain Miss K was amazing she was fun and entertaining and knew all the good facts. We definitely hit it on the right day and must of seen more than 50 dolphins, some fur seals and lots of little penguins. Brilliant boat and neat and tidy.
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 10, 2019
Hi War143, thanks so much for taking the time to review Black Cat Cruises on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled you enjoyed your tour with Captain Kate and saw so much wildlife!!! We hope you see you again soon.
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Jared wrote a review Dec. 2018
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We had a great outing with Black Cat Cruises on Christmas eve. The staff and crew were great - we saw tons of wildlife including multiple mother & baby dolphin pairs, fur seals, penguins, sea birds of all kinds. Boat was great - very stable, zero sea sickness, extremely fast
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Apr. 19, 2020
Great review 724jared! We are so pleased that you had such an amazing time with us out on the water! Your feedback about our team and operation are highly valued and will be passed on. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon!
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Terry L
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Spiffing
A great couple of hours of entertainment and relaxation with a bit of education thrown in as well. Dolphins, seals
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caughleyp
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Exceeded our expectations
A great day out - with a friendly and welcoming crew. The guide kept us entertained the whole trip with historical
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TheBismarck
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Excellent experience
Outstanding tour which was both comfortable and enjoyable. There was excellent commentary and knowledgeable staff.
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wellingt0nkirby
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Exactly what was promised
Last did this trip more than a decade ago. Booked for Fathers Day gift and redeemed today. Yesterday we were rung
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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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  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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