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Reviewed 26 November 2020 via mobile

We got a cheap deal on bookme, it was definitely worth it! The crew (Hamish & Helen) were great, friendly and full of knowledge. We saw heaps of dolphins, a few seals and lots of birds. Would highly recommend this team to anyone looking for a cruise around Akaroa.

Thank BonnieBorowczyk
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BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2021

Hi BonnieBorowczyk,

It's awesome to hear that you got such a great deal for our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and it's even more awesome that you got to see so much of the beautiful wildlife that lives here. Thanks for your recommendation and we hope you will be able to return again soon!

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Reviewed 22 October 2020 via mobile

A great couple of hours of entertainment and relaxation with a bit of education thrown in as well.

Dolphins, seals and even krill! Plus a range of bird life...even a Fletcher top dressing plane doing its thing. Informative commentary complete with a good range of tour guides dad jokes...some of them even made you crack a smile. The 2 hour trip was discounted to $67.00 when we visited and they even throw in a free hot drink and a postcard so in reality you're paying a little over $30/Hour per adult head for entertainment and fresh air. That has to be good value.

Thank Terry L
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BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2020

Hi Terry L,

Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased that you got to take advantage of our awesome deal on the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. Even more awesome is that you got to see the wonderful wildlife that we have here. Thanks again for choosing to cruise with us and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 11 October 2020

A great day out - with a friendly and welcoming crew.

The guide kept us entertained the whole trip with historical and ecological highlights as well as the odd Dad joke.

The skipper handled the vessel confidently and expertly and allowed people into the wheelhouse at one point.

We were really fortunate that the weather was good and there were dozens of Hector's dolphins about as well as fur seals and albatrosses, including the Southern royal albatross.

We highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank caughleyp
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BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2020

Hi caughleyp,

Thanks a lot for your review and for recommending us! We love hearing about our guests experiences out on the water with us and we are so pleased that yours was great! Lucky you, seeing a Southern Royal Albatross! We hope you will visit us again one day.

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Reviewed 1 October 2020 via mobile

Outstanding tour which was both comfortable and enjoyable. There was excellent commentary and knowledgeable staff. Just be warned though, even if it’s the middle of summer and it’s 30 degrees C in Akaroa, take a good jacket because it can still get very cold with the wind chill once you are in the open ocean.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank TheBismarck
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BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2020

Hi TheBismarck,

Great review and great advice! Thanks for taking the time to recommend us to others. We do hope you will be able to visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 1 October 2020 via mobile

Last did this trip more than a decade ago. Booked for Fathers Day gift and redeemed today. Yesterday we were rung to be offered a refund or later tour as swells were likely to be large for morning cruise. We chose afternoon cruise. Swells were still 3m out at sea but not unpleasant. Slow journey out through harbour with stops for sightseeing - fur seals, volcanic rock formations, salmon farming etc. Good commentary - yes with Dad jokes but added to the day. Once out of harbour went looking for Hector Dolphins. Eventually found several and stayed around the area to ensure all on boat had seen & photographed. Unfortunately my snaps did not capture the swift diving dolphins but they were there Swift trip back kept us within the 2 hours. Skilful operation. Worth it

Date of experience: October 2020
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BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2020

Hi wellingt0nkirby,

We are so delighted that we met your expectations and beyond! We appreciate you taking the time to review our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and we hope you will be able to visit us again soon!

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