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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

  • 2-hour Akaroa Harbour cruise by luxury catamaran to see the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's dolphin
  • See fur seals as you cruise past Seal Bay
  • Stop at Lucas Bay to see a salmon farm
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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11am DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 11am all year round.
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Departs at 1:30pm all year round
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3:40pm Departure
Departs at 3pm from December to March
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Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife, including Hector’s dolphins, blue penguins and birdlife, on a narrated 2-hour Akaroa Harbour cruise. Ride a spacious luxury catamaran with prime views of the harbor’s sea caves and volcanic cliffs. Your skipper stops at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay and takes you past a New Zealand fur seal colony at Seal Bay.
What to Expect
Departing from Akaroa's main wharf, board a modern 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran to explore the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour during your 2-hour cruise. The luxurious vessel provides plentiful inside seating on its two decks for uninterrupted viewing of landmarks such as Akaroa Lighthouse.

Sip complimentary coffee and tea as you listen to live narration by the skipper, who has extensive knowledge of Akaroa Harbour. Pass sheer volcanic cliffs and sea caves such as Cathedral Cave, and see the breathtaking volcanic amphitheater of Scenery Nook.

Encounter wildlife such as white-flippered penguins, the smallest penguin in the world, and spot New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks at Seal Bay. Sight inquisitive Hector’s dolphins, also known as New Zealand dolphins, whose calves can be seen between October and March.

Make a stop at at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay, pass a colony of spotted shags, and glimpse other seabirds including cormorants, white-fronted terns and occasionally gannets, petrels and albatross, before your cruise returns to the wharf.
Reviews (91)
1 - 5 of 56 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This trip was just brilliant. We were blessed with calm seas and a good humoured captain who was knowledgable and respectful of the wildlife. We saw a variants of seabirds, Some of which were nesting, fur seals and a lot of dolphins. I just wish...More

Thank Yeowart383
Reviewed 1 week ago
Skipper Kate

What can I say except totally professional. From buying the tickets on the wharf to disembarking at the end of the trip was a remarkable experience. If you have the entertainment book you will get 25% discount which is appreciated.What made this a remarkable experience...More

3  Thank WarrenSh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pleasant boat cruise on Akaroa Harbour

We chose Black Cat Cruises among the options for harbour nature cruises in Akaroa for no particular reason. Our cruise was comfortable and enjoyable with complementary tea, coffee and hot chocolate available. The narrator for the trip was affable and informative. During the trip we...More

1  Thank Brendan72
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile
Lovely cruise but alas no dolphins

Beautiful sunny spring day on the Akaroa harbour. Skipper Kate did a great job explaining different things we were seeing and told a few ‘dad’jokes which we found pretty funny! Unfortunately we were one of the unlucky groups and didn’t see any dolphins which was...More

Thank laura_kiwi83
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile
Great dolphin experience

Saw countless hector dolphins and the birds feeding frenzy. We were lucky as there were really so many dolphins we lost count.

Thank Jonathan L
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19 September 2018|
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Response from TexasRaf | Reviewed this property |
Either email them or call them. They are super folk and I'm sure just bringing the little one aboard is NOT a reservation issue.
4 July 2018|
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Response from Tony_Enache | Reviewed this property |
Best give them a call. The cruise takes around 2 hours.
9 April 2018|
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Response from Tony_Enache | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late response. Tour was at 11am
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