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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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Ollie C wrote a review Jan. 2018
London, United Kingdom316 contributions224 helpful votes
A great two-hour cruise, fulled with seeing all different kinds of Animals to a very informative, and funny, tour guide. A great experience - I would highly reccomend it.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Feb. 7, 2018
Thanks for your review!
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LV_Lee wrote a review Dec. 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada1,132 contribution295 helpful votes
We booked this tour as an alternative to taking an overpriced cruise ship shore excursion. Booking on our own was the best idea. This tour was terrific, even though the weather was cold and windy. TIP: Be sure to snag your complimentary cup of coffee or, better yet, hot
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Jan. 7, 2018
Thank you for your review! We do love to offer unlimited complimentary free tea, coffee and hot chocolate on our nature cruise all year round so glad to hear you made the most of it :) Best wishes and safe travels.. From all of us at Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa
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Sophia Y wrote a review Dec. 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada157 contributions41 helpful votes
I booked this through my cruise line and took the early morning tour. It was a beautiful morning but do bring a jacket as it's cooler as one is speeding over the water. My hat would not stay on so don't bother with one unless you plan to stay in the cabin. I sat out front as
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Jan. 7, 2018
Thanks for your great review. It's a very special thing to see an endangered Hector's dolphin swim alongside their baby newborn calf. We wait every year to spot the first calf of the season as it's such a celebration to see the survival of this endangered species. So wonderful to hear you got to see this too! WE donate a portion of every single ticket sold towards the education and research of Hector's dolphins. Best wishes and safe travels... From all of us at Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa x
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xrobc wrote a review Dec. 2017
Trowbridge, United Kingdom30 contributions8 helpful votes
A very informative tour out around the harbour and back, taking a good couple of hours. A deal with the bus tours would not go a miss.
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Jan. 7, 2018
Thanks so much for your feedback! Best wishes and safe travels... From all of us at Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa x
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Sandy B wrote a review Oct. 2017
41 contributions1 helpful vote
what a day out we had, dolphins, fur seals, albatross and even spotted a yellow-eyed penguin. It was fantastic but the unexpected part was how incredible the scenery was - just spectacular
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Response from pajoChristchurch, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Dec. 18, 2017
Thank you so much for your great review Sandy. We do feel very lucky to operate in such a stunning part of New Zealand filled with wonderful wildlife! Thank you for choosing to cruise with us in Akaroa :)
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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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