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Black Cat Cruises

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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About Black Cat Cruises
We started our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises back in 1985 and are the original cruise operators so we know the harbour pretty well. Along the way we've been named as the supreme tourism award winner and also hold the Enviro gold award from Qualmark to recognise our dedication to the environment. Your nature cruise will be on the 'Black Cat', a large modern and stable vessel allowing great views of all the scenery and wildlife including dolphins, seals and penguins. If by some chance you do not see dolphins then we will provide a ticket to come again another day. This happens on average 2% of the time across the whole year. We look forward to meeting you and giving you the best stories from the Akaroa Harbour.
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dramaqueen42 wrote a review May 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand20 contributions3 helpful votes
Two hours on a comfortable boat with excellent commentary and friendly helpful staff. We saw Hector dolphins, little blue penguins, fur seals and albatross and many other sea birds. Well worth the price. Very informative and interesting
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Date of experience: May 2021
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chocaholic5 wrote a review May 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand11 contributions6 helpful votes
Great excursion! Just 2 hour drive each way from Christchurch so can be a great day trip if not staying in Akaroa. Highlight seeing the Hector Dolphins and bonus seeing seals too! Great company who also provides intetesting information along the way! Fresh wind so take warm layers if you want to be outside on the boat
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Janelle Fletcher wrote a review Apr 2021
Wanaka, New Zealand46 contributions2 helpful votes
Currently living on a gorgeous lake, I was also looking forward to getting out on the sea in Akaroa. From Sonja's welcome at the check-in desk - with Easter egg surprises, rabbit ears that made me laugh and a genuine smile and lust for life and customer service, she helped this trip start off so well. Hamish on commentary was also excellent - dry-humoured, knowledgeable and able to keep up our interest as we searched for different animals/birds/dolphins and he had the skill of keeping things lively. We are happy you had a boat full of people (busy Easter weekend) and that we felt welcome.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Hi janellefletcher, Thanks for the lovely review of our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and for your kind words about our team! Sonya and Hamish will absolutely love hearing that they made you feel so welcome on the day! Thanks again for choosing to cruise with us and we do hope that you will be able visit us again soon!
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Stirg wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, NZ42 contributions14 helpful votes
This 2 hour cruise is informative about the wildlife, birdlife and geological features of the Akaroa Harbour. For your comfort there in inside and outside seating, blankets for the chilly wind and outside seating. It was fascinating and we did see the rare Hectors dolphins and harbour seals. Well worth the time and cost.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Hi Stirg, Thank you for your review of our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the trip and all the lovely elements of nature that come with it. We hope you will be able to visit us again sometime!
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nzski2014 wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand24 contributions2 helpful votes
Did the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise this morning with Black Cat Cruises. Saw two Hectors Dolphins at the front of the boat
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises
Responded 11 Apr 2021
Hi nzski2014, Cheers for the review! We hope you will visit us again soon!
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