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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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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.
  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Full on-board commentary
  • Tea and coffee
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • 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.
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johncD4803TK wrote a review Dec. 2018
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions3 helpful votes
Best excursion near Christchurch. Excellent scenery and great commentary from the skipper. Up close to dolphins and large range of birds and seals
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Date of experience: November 2018
Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Apr. 26, 2020
Hi johncD4803TK, Thank you for your great review! We are so happy that you had such a great experience with us out on the water. We hope you will be able to join us again soon!
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freddiemgreen wrote a review Oct. 2018
London, United Kingdom295 contributions129 helpful votes
This nature cruise was purely outstanding. We really delved into the sea life as we saw penguins, dolphins and seals. We had two tour guides, who didn’t really get along, yet they really informed us with information. An amazing experience for animal lovers - I highly reccomend
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Date of experience: December 2017
Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded May 11, 2020
Hi freddiemgreen, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us out on the water. So lovely to hear that you got to see some of the beautiful wildlife that Akaroa Harbour has! Please come back and see us again soon!
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JodieSLindsay wrote a review Oct. 2018
New Zealand16 contributions4 helpful votes
This was an absolutely incredible experience. Akaroa is simply beautiful, and what an amazing thing to see some of the worlds rarest dolphins. When we went we saw around 12 of the beautiful creatures. We also saw penguins and fur seals. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: August 2018
Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded May 14, 2020
Hi JodieSLindsay, You wrote such lovely words about our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and we thank you! We are so proud to have such an amazing product to offer our guests. Thanks again for choosing to cruise with us and we hope to see you again soon!
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Onlyplacesilike wrote a review Aug. 2018
London, United Kingdom550 contributions71 helpful votes
A super trip with dolphins, seals, birds - and even a penguin swimming stealthily through the sea, which was a first for me as I had only ever seen them waddling about on land. We had been in two minds about the Black Cat swimming with dolphins trip, but elected to go with the
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Bec O wrote a review Aug. 2018
29 contributions4 helpful votes
Was definitely worth the drive from Christchurch. We got to see heaps of dolphins, a few penguins, seals and albatrosses!!! Such a cool trip
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About the operator

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Terry L
A great couple of hours of entertainment and relaxation with a bit of education thrown in as well. Dolphins, seals
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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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Excellent experience
Outstanding tour which was both comfortable and enjoyable. There was excellent commentary and knowledgeable staff.
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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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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
only way to see the dolphins
We booked through and got a slighter cheaper deal but we noticed they did have specials at the desk!! C
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Christine L
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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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Key Details
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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