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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Departing from Akaroa's main wharf, board a modern 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran to explore the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour during your 2-hour cruise. The luxurious vessel provides plentiful inside seating on its two decks for uninterrupted viewing of landmarks such as Akaroa Lighthouse.

    Sip complimentary coffee and tea as you listen to live narration by the skipper, who has extensive knowledge of Akaroa Harbour. Pass sheer volcanic cliffs and sea caves such as Cathedral Cave, and see the breathtaking volcanic amphitheater of Scenery Nook.

    Encounter wildlife such as white-flippered penguins, the smallest penguin in the world, and spot New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks at Seal Bay. Sight inquisitive Hector’s dolphins, also known as New Zealand dolphins, whose calves can be seen between October and March.

    Make a stop at at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay, pass a colony of spotted shags, and glimpse other seabirds including cormorants, white-fronted terns and occasionally gannets, petrels and albatross, before your cruise returns to the wharf.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 2-hour nature cruise
    • Full on-board commentary
    • Tea and coffee
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The cruise was the highlight of our holiday in Akaroa. Kate's knowledge and witty commentary added to the experience. We saw penguins, seals and dolphins in their own habitat. We came away with a new appreciation for the natural beauty in our own back yard and the need to be
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    Good value for money, great staff - knowledgeable and super friendly. Clean, tidy modern boat, well presented and slick outfit.
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    Black Cat was a great way to experience the marine life and coastal beauty around Akaroa. We had two kids with us (ages 3 and 7) and it was a great way to see endangered Hector’s Dolphins, Fur Seals, and we even saw a blue penguin. We were able to get very close to the land
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    We had a fantastic cruise. Julian was knowledgeable, funny and warm. His commentary was spot on. The animals we saw were incredible, the boat comfortable and the whole Black Cat operation was professional and efficient. Thanks so much for a memorable experience. Seeing the
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    Beautiful to see Dolphins, Seals and all the bird life in the wild; it does something good to the soul. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and the Pilot, Julian's running commentary was informative and entertaining. A must for anyone visiting this delightful town.
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    By: Black Cat Cruises
    1,345 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    thomaswZ6674NP
    100
    Good experience ind the Akaroa bay
    We saw dolphins, seals, penguin and other birds. The captain explained very nicely during the whole cruise.
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    528ThomasW
    Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
    20
    AWESOME TRIP
    This is a must do adventure when visiting Akaroa. Emmy & Chris took us out and were both fabulous. We quickly
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    Calum M
    104
    Amazing experience swimming with wild Hector's Dolphins with great guides!
    From the outset it is made clear that the staff at Black Cat really care for the dolphins and their future. No
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    MarcinEgiert
    Newport, United Kingdom
    70
    Wish we had more time to do it again.
    It was our first day in NZ and we already managed to see few pods of Hector dolphins and NZ fur seals. Swim itself
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    selwyn187
    10
    Excellent way to experience the harbor with a knowledgeable guide
    The cruise was the highlight of our holiday in Akaroa. Kate's knowledge and witty commentary added to the
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    TNtoNZ
    40
    Not what is advertised
    We unfortunately did not get to swim with any dolphins, which is not the fault of the company, as the dolphins are
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    deptford00
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    103
    Well worth it!
    Good value for money, great staff - knowledgeable and super friendly. Clean, tidy modern boat, well presented and
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    infamoustrill
    Wanaka, New Zealand
    77
    Good but didn’t swim with dolphins
    Good experience, staff were lovely & very accommodating... unfortunately didn’t really go swimming with the
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    Sarah W
    Los Alamos, New Mexico
    106
    Easy Way to See Akaroa’s Marine Treasures
    Black Cat was a great way to experience the marine life and coastal beauty around Akaroa. We had two kids with us
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    342annchristinel
    10
    Fantastic experience
    It was a quite outstanding experience to be in the water with the wild dolphines playing around us. Supporting and
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    Grumpy G
    5110
    Great trip
    We booked this independently as it was something we really wanted to do and we had a great time. There is no
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    Imogen W
    Wellington, New Zealand
    711
    Amazing views and wonderful guide
    We had a fantastic cruise. Julian was knowledgeable, funny and warm. His commentary was spot on. The animals we
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    cheris849
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    113
    Awesome afternoon
    Didn’t expect much ! But it was awesome we saw lots and lots of dolphins, penguins and seals ! We could not have
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    linas979
    Adelaide, Australia
    426
    Relaxing cruise
    They said we would see dolphins and that we did, hundreds of them, they were so beautiful and a privilege to see
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    jo_williams88
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
    90
    Fantastic experience
    We booked the swim with dolphins tour and from the moment we arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome from the
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