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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise provided by Black Cat Cruises

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Overview
Don’t miss a chance to spot Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins. When your ship pulls into port, spend your valuable time on a nature cruise across Akaroa Harbour. The skipper provides on-board commentary while you search the waters for marine life and take in New Zealand’s South Island scenery.
Highlights
  • Akaroa shore excursion: narrated nature cruise
  • Likely to see Hector’s dolphins—bring your camera
  • Tea and coffee served on board to keep you warm
  • Pickup and drop-off available from designated meeting points
Important Information
Departure Point
83 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Full on-board commentary
  • Tea and coffee
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring light jacket, sun protection and camera
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
79Reviews
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Sammy&Stuey wrote a review Yesterday
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom13 contributions
A 2 hour cruise packed full of information by the skipper, who was very friendly and full of knowledge about the local area. You get free tea and coffee, map of the harbour in 6 languages. On our cruise we saw Hectors Dolphins and lots of Fur seals. Wrap up warm if its a windy
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 2 days ago
Hi Sammy And Stu, Thank you for your generous review and for your kind words about our skipper and the rest of our team. Our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise is a product that we are very proud of and we really appreciate you noticing what a wonderful place we have here. Sharing this beautiful scenery and wildlife as well as spreading the knowledge that comes with it is our pleasure. Thanks once again and we hope to see you again soon!
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watchitwatchout wrote a review Feb 2020
Woodend12 contributions8 helpful votes
Did the Akaroa Harbour Cruise with Black Cat as a shore excursion from Princess NZ Cruise, Feb 2020. Cannot recommend highly enough. A really friendly and efficient team run this business. The boat was comfortable with plenty of inside and outside viewing areas and seating. We
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi watchitwatchout, thanks so much for the great review on TripAdvisor. I'll make sure I pass your lovely feedback on to Kate, Alex and Helen :-) They will be thrilled. Sounds like you had a such a fun time out there, we hope you can join us again soon.
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Toni-Wayne wrote a review Feb 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand119 contributions47 helpful votes
Spectacular scenery and we saw lots of dolphins as well as penguins and fur seals. This was on our bucket list and we were extremely happy with the experience.
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Toni-Wayne, thanks so much for your review on TripAdvisor. So wonderful you got to tick of something on your bucket list - thank you for choosing us! We hope to see you again in the future.
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Greynomad_10 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia109 contributions28 helpful votes
We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and Antartica. We are well aware that wildlife spotting cannot be guaranteed but in most cases, guides know where wildlife and even sea life MIGHT be found. Consequently, when
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 4 weeks ago
HI Greynomad_10, thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback on TripAdvisor. We are very sorry that our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise did not meet your expectation. We sincerely apologise for the comments made by our crew, on this occasion they were trying to be humorous but it has caused a miscommunication and resulted in a negative experience for you. Our management team have spoken to the staff involved and again we apologise that you had a bad experience with us. We hope you are able to come back to Akaroa one day and experience the tour again so you can see it in a positive light as we hope all our wonderful passengers do. We hope you enjoyed the rest of our trip around New Zealand!
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Margaret B wrote a review Jan 2020
Daytona Beach, Florida6 contributions6 helpful votes
We cruised today with Captain Kate and Helen and Alex. We saw New Zealand fur seals and dozens of Hector's dolphins. The crew were very helpful and informative. The narration was funny and educational. We had a wonderful morning on the Black Cat!
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi H2831DEmargaretb, thanks very much for the review on TripAdvisor! Wow you saw heaps of wildlife out there - sounds like an amazing day out! Thank you for choosing us to take you out for the day. We hope to see you out on the water with us again soon.
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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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Chocolateer
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Special Experience
We had a lovely cruise of the Harbor. The captain was very experienced at spotting and attracting the wildlife. H
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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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Belsara19
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Amazing Harbour Cruise
Black Cat deliver a fantastic tour which I highly recommend. Over the course of two hours we saw multiple dolphins,
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TamKL
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Fantastic experience - saw lots of wildlife
Friendly and helpful crew led by the wonderful Kate. Saw dolphins, penguins (which apparently are rare but on that
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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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Wilpensmi
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Nice side trip from Christchurch
If you are going to visit Christchurch, you will find it is totally unlike Auckland as far as the number of attract
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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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johnandleew
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Great excursion!
We completely enjoyed our cruise in the harbor. There was plenty of room on the boat - we stayed up front with room
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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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Key Details
  • Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa Lighthouse
  • 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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