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Overview
Search for Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, on a narrated catamaran cruise of Akaroa Harbour. Make stops at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay and a New Zealand fur seal colony at Seal Bay. The skipper provides on-board commentary on New Zealand’s South Island scenery.
Highlights
  • Akaroa Harbour nature cruise by luxury catamaran
  • Likely to see Hector’s dolphins—bring your camera
  • Skipper explains sea caves and volcanic cliffs
  • Tea and coffee served on board to keep you warm
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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Craigie wrote a review Yesterday
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
Amazing Experience! Set off from Akaroa and within minutes we had spotted an hector dolphin, Everyone was in high alert to spot more. The crew did a great job to ensure social distancing and the commentary was excellent by the skipper. We managed to spot some Penguins, NZ fur
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded yesterday
Wow craigieb16! Such an amazing experience you have had on our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise! Dolphins, Seals, Penguins and a Humpback Whale! We are thrilled that you got to join us out on the water and even more thrilled that you got to see so much of the wildlife. Thank you for choosing to cruise with us and we hope you will be able to visit again soon!
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MaryKate K wrote a review Yesterday
New York City, New York2 contributions2 helpful votes
We went on the 2 hour nature cruise yesterday and it was amazing. We saw many Hector’s Dolphins, blue penguins, baby seals, and albatross. It’s tough for the crew to enforce the new social distancing guidelines with everyone getting excited and wanting to run around the the boat
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded yesterday
Hi M2344, Thank you for your lovely review and for your kind words about our team. We are all so happy to hear that you had an amazing time with us out on the water and that you got to see so much of the wonderful wildlife that Akaroa Harbour has! Thanks again for choosing to cruise with us and we hope to see you again soon!
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Brian & Anne wrote a review 19 May
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The sun came out just as we cast off on our cruise in Akaroa harbour. The boat was comfortable with not too many on board meaning that we could move about and get the best views as the cruise progressed. The captain’s commentary was at all times informative, especially as he
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 6 days ago
Hi Leisurelytravellers, We are so happy to hear about your enjoyable experience out on the water with us! The beauty of the nature that surrounds us here in Akaroa is what drives us to do what we do. Thanks for choosing to cruise with us and we hope to see you again soon!
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Stacie wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a lovely cruise of the Harbor. The captain was very experienced at spotting and attracting the wildlife. He'd play with the engines to churn the water to encourage the dolphins to play nearby. At one point we had 13 dolphins swimming around the boat. We saw penguins,
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 5 Apr 2020
Hi Chocolateer, Thank you for your great review and for your kind words about our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. We are proud to say that our skippers are professional and dedicated to providing an entertaining, informative and safe trip for our guests all the while manoeuvring the boat to maximize viewing potential (hence the churn of the engines). Thanks again for sharing your experience and we hope to see you again soon!
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Belsara wrote a review Mar 2020
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Black Cat deliver a fantastic tour which I highly recommend. Over the course of two hours we saw multiple dolphins, fur seals and one penguin and we received fantastic commentary on the area and the formation of the caves and inlets. Our family of five loved the experience.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 19 Mar 2020
HI Belsara19, thanks very much for your review on TripAdvisor! So glad you had such a great time with our team on the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise - sounds like you saw so much of our fantastic Akaroa wildlife! We hope you can all join us again one day soon.
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dlynne7
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More fun for us than for the dolphins!
Friendly from the start, helping us to find the correct wet suits and storing our possessions. We were briefed abou
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Sammy And Stue'... H
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world class experience
A 2 hour cruise packed full of information by the skipper, who was very friendly and full of knowledge about the lo
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Voyager560420
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Swimming with Dolphins
We drove here to Akaroa from Christchurch, which in itself was a really nice trip with stunning views. On arrival w
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bev185
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Fun with the dolphins
We had a great time with Black Cat. We weren’t able to swim with the dolphins but saw them close up and had fun try
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GKimb
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Great experience!
We had a great time on our trip to swim with the dolphins even though we didn’t get the full experience and had som
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B5724TIcindym
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Great 2 hr cruise
Take anti emetics prior if cruising on a choppy day. Very pleasant cruise. Seen dolphins and seals and a great comm
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Andrew B
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Dolphin Experience
Travelled from Christchurch to see this and it was well worth it.Family run business and they look after you better
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967dilipd
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Swimming with Dolphins
Excellent!!! Black cat cruise Swimming with Dolphins is an vary enjoyable experience worth the effort to get here.
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watchitwatchout
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Don't miss this!
Did the Akaroa Harbour Cruise with Black Cat as a shore excursion from Princess NZ Cruise, Feb 2020. Cannot recomme
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Jltboy11
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Unforgettable experience!
Swimming with Dolphins is something wanted to do for years and Black Cat cruises did not disappoint! We had three o
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Tonyp4357
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Fantastic & professional
We had a very informed and professional setting up and ride to the dolphins along with sightings and a few dolphins
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Fredthefiddle
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Real value for money.
It seemed like quite a lot of money to pay for a trip out of Akaroa for a 2 hour nature cruise, but boy, did this t
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Toni-Wayne
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Awesome experience
Spectacular scenery and we saw lots of dolphins as well as penguins and fur seals. This was on our bucket list and
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Greynomad_10
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Poor crew attitude
We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and Antartic
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Greynomad_10
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Poor crew attitude
We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and Antartic
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  • Duration: 2h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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