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Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
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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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Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an amazing trip, the team are really well organised and the small groups makes it even more special when you are out on the water. Safety is key and the team do a great job with the briefing. The equipment and facilities are...More

Thank Ellie2103
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Black Cat cruise is an unmissable experience. Courteous and helpful staff, with good local knowledge. Fantastic wildlife. Safe and enjoyable.

Thank Gavin6114
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate on our tour to experience great weather, calm crystal clear waters and saw the penguins, dolphins and the seals. The crew were fantastic, informative and helpful. This was a worthwhile experience and I am so glad we decided to book this trip.

Thank Tracey E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked the Swimming with the Dolphins in Akaroa as a last-minute excursion before I flew back home to States...and I couldn't be happier that I did! Being able to swim with the Hector's dolphins in their natural habitat is truly the experience of a...More

Thank Kendal L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cruise the the dolphin swim are both fantastic! We saw dolphins on both occasions and the guides were great and really friendly and helpful with great local knowledge.

Thank EllaDod
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yesterday on a rather murky day with a cool southerly wind a client and i took the cruise out onto the Akaroa Harbour. Even though conditions weren't ideal the cruise was fantastic. Julian was funny, informative and easy going. Lots of interesting facts on history,...More

Thank gaike
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for highlighting our 'green values'. As the only cruise operator on Banks Peninsula to have the enviro-gold certification we work hard to continue our position as one of New Zealands pioneers of eco-tourism. It sounds like you had a great time...More

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We almost didn't do the cruise. I'm so glad we did. The tour guide (Julian) was so great. He let us into the cabin on the way back. We saw dolphins, seals and even a couple of penguins. What a fantastic experience!

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pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good to hear you made the right decision! Thank you for coming out with us in Akaroa!!

Reviewed 4 September 2017

Taking the Black Cat Cruise was highlight of our few days in Akaroa. Friendly and Informative commentary and on board care by Jono and Julian - thanks guys :-) Was great seeing dolphins at play, felt for the stranded sheep on ridge. Will take friends...More

Thank JLKsquirrel
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and for choosing to come out with us on Akaroa Harbour. It sounds like you had a great trip, and yes it's always good advice to be careful on the stairs from the lower deck to the top deck especially...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Was awesome experience to swim with the dolphins, didn't take very long to find a pod and we were in the water with them for 30mins which is the maximum time they allow you to be in the water due to the temperature. 🖒More

Thank shannonreiken
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, the maximum time in the water is up to 40 minutes which is what is permitted by the Department of Conservation in New Zealand who issue and govern the permits. As you swam during winter the crew would most likely have asked you...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to take our young children on this cruise last weekend. It is still cold winter weather but it didn't matter! We struck a cloudy day but apparently it's better for the dolphins. The boat cruise offered free coffee and tea with a cash...More

Thank Pandafitravels
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing your family out for a wonderful trip. It really is a great experience any time of year. We offer a kids cruise free promotion through a number of school holidays (bar summer) and under 5's travel for free all year round...More

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