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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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  • Nature cruise in Akaroa Harbour shore excursion
  • 2-hour Akaroa Harbour cruise by luxury boat to see the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's dolphin
  • See fur seals as you cruise past Seal Bay
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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Departs at 11am from November to April. From 1 October 2017, this time will operate all year round.
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3:40pm Departure
Departs at 11am from December to March
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Overview
Spend your shore excursion in Akaroa on a 2-hour nature cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Your professional skipper points out abundant wildlife that may include Hector’s dolphins — the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins — New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins and yellow-eyed penguins. You’ll motor past volcanic cliffs and remote sea caves by luxury catamaran en route to Seal Bay and a salmon farm in Lucas Bay.
What to Expect
After your cruise ship docks the Akaroa terminal, catch the tender to the main wharf, making sure to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before your 2-hour nature cruise departs for Akaroa Harbour.

Find yourself a perfect spot on the 60-foot (18-meter) luxury catamaran, which offers a choice of two observation decks that provide plenty of unobstructed views of Akaroa’s wildlife. Sip complimentary coffee and tea while the skipper shares information about the harbor’s natural history and geographical features — such as Cathedral Cave and the volcanic amphitheater of Scenery Nook — and brings your attention to any marine life.

Motor past Akaroa Lighthouse and keep an eye out for petite Hector’s dolphins, whose calves often swim alongside the boat between October and March. You may also encounter white-flippered penguins — the world’s smallest penguin — or the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.

Snap photos of New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks at Seal Bay, and make a stop at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay to learn how Akaroa salmon are raised, before your boat returns to the dock.

This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Akaroa. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Reviews (51)
1 - 5 of 24 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
wildlife was amazing

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...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank resistance
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Wow and must do

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...More

Thank War143
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome two hour nature cruise with Black Cat - highly recommended

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,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 724jared
Reviewed 12 December 2018
Best excursion near Christchurch. Excellent scenery and great commentary from the skipper.

Best excursion near Christchurch. Excellent scenery and great commentary from the skipper. Up close to dolphins and large range of birds and seals

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank johncD4803TK
Reviewed 22 October 2018
Fabulous Two Hour Cruise

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...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank freddiemgreen
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sheba24
30 April 2018|
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We were on a late morning cruise and there was one before us, but that may depend on the time of year. Have you checked their web site?
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