New Zealand

Black Cat Cruises

Location:Christchurch & Canterbury

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

The historic French village of Akaroa is 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on daily Black Cat harbour cruises. You'll see the rare, native dolphin - the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. There's also the chance to spot the world's smallest penguin, the White Flippered Little Blue Penguin, Fur Seals and other sea birds. Other cruise highlights are a working salmon farm, Cathedral Cave and signs of Akaroa's fascinating past including early Maori, French and British settlements.

Two hour cruise depart daily from Akaroa’s Main Wharf.


  • Full commentary from the skipper.
  • Full bar facilities on board.
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Optional photo pack


  • 1.30pm All year
  • 11.00am Oct - Apr
  • 3.40pm Dec - Mar

Swimming with Dolphins - Akaroa

Akaroa Township is a quaint, French inspired seaside village which is very romantic and unique in New Zealand.  It's the only place on the planet where you can swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand dolphin.

Black Cat Cruises operate a jet-powered catamaran for ultimate safety for you and the dolphins. Everything is provided including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate and we'll also take optional photos of you swimming with dolphins.

The three hours includes half an hour before for briefing and putting on the wet suits, two hours on the water and up to 45 minutes in the water with dolphins, and half an hour afterwards for debrief, hot drink, shower and photos (optional).


  • Wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolates.
  • Full briefing on dolphin's expected behaviour from dedicated dolphin guide.
  • Hot drink and shower.
  • Free dolphin information brochure, certificate and dolphin postcard.
  • Optional photo pack.
  • Free kids activity book.
  • Customers must be confident and capable in the sea.

Duration - 3 hours (minimum of 2 people to operate tour)

Report time:  Sept 1st - Apr 31st report time at 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm.
                      May 1st -31st report time at 11.30am only
                      Swimming is closed during Jun, Jul & Aug for the winter


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