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Black Cat Cruises

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Main Wharf | Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 8841, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7641
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US$ 55.09*
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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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US$ 62.06*
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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
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US$ 55.09*
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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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 2 days ago via mobile

A must do while in Akaroa. Dolphins are amazing. So relaxing in the sun. Great staff. The boat is huge. Good facilities. Lots of great photos were taken by all.

Thank Vickychchbrett
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a great tour. Superb value for money that included information over the loud speakers throughout our journey. We were lucky enough to see some seals a couple of penguins and lots of dolphins. We also were treated to a trip outside of the harbour...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Experience of a lifetime. Staff are friendly and helpful and give you plenty of time to swim with the dolphins. We were amazed how close the dolphins came and how many we saw. Recommend this to any one visiting the area. It’s a definite must...More

Thank delbeano
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the swim with the dolphins trip today and it’s a must do if you are in akoroa or even if you are staying in Christchurch. It’s a beautiful 80 minute drive and well worth it. Not only are the staff friendly and helpful...More

Thank delbeano
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good mix of everything on this cruise, dolphins, seals, birds, friendly staff, educational, worth it.

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Thank cath5960
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice crew and a beautiful cruise in an amazing place... Absolutely worth it. Swimming with the dolphins is a great experience.

Thank benthetraveler2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had Andrew as our skipper and he was great. We had young kids with us and he was determined we would see dolphins! That we did as well as a seal having an octopus lunch. We had fabulous weather which helped but great and...More

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