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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.
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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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Dizzyonholiday wrote a review Jan. 2020
Brisbane, Australia32 contributions8 helpful votes
Very good excursion. The skipper and crew were all very helpful and informative. It was fantastic to see the Dolphins and seals. Highly recommended 2 hour cruise.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 8, 2020
Hi Dizzyonholiday, thanks for taking the time to write us a review on TripAdvisor. It sounds like you had a fantastic day out and saw lots of wildlife on your cruise. We hope you can join us again soon!
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TekPa wrote a review Jan. 2020
PA83 contributions55 helpful votes
We were looking forward to our nature cruise. Unfortunately, the company crammed over 90 people on the Black Cat boat. Due to people pushing in front of us, we got to see little except the backs of others. Due to their loud music, singing, and screaming, we could hear little of
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Mar. 7, 2020
Hi Tekpa, thanks for your review on TripAdvisor. We are really sorry our tour didn't met your expectations. When the boat is a little busier, we recommend moving around the boat depending on what is happening at the time, and the sea conditions. The boat has viewing areas in the bow, top deck, walk around decks and there is a large area at the stern and also a big main cabin. The bow is normally the best place to see dolphins but they can be viewed from everywhere on board as they tend to swim all around the boat. We hope you can join us on another tour one day soon.
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Lina S wrote a review Jan. 2020
Adelaide, Australia48 contributions6 helpful votes
They said we would see dolphins and that we did, hundreds of them, they were so beautiful and a privilege to see them in the wild. The scenery was beautiful too and our captain was very informative, he didn’t go on he talked just the right amount allowing us to enjoy the
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Feb. 3, 2020
Hi linas979, Wow thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! We are thrilled you saw so many dolphins and thank you for kind comments about the captain. We hope to see you out on the water with us again soon. Kind regards, the team at Black Cat Cruises.
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Simon G wrote a review Dec. 2019
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia2 contributions
The whole family really enjoyed the cruise, the crew were excellent, and got to see plenty of dolphins and seals and Albatros
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded Apr. 8, 2020
Hi SimonG797, Thank you for your review on our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. It's always lovely to hear when our guests take away great memories from our trips. 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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