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Benjamin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Unforgettable tour! We saw lots of dolphins, penguins and seals. Cruise ships offer exactly the same tour for roughly double the price.

Bring extra clothing it's super-cold on the boat and sunscreen. Stand on the bow for the best view.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

A very interesting and informative cruise. The dolphins were tricky to find, but we eventually saw them close up. Highly recomended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This was such a fun cruise. We saw so many beautiful sights and the Hector Dolphin sightings were so much fun to watch these little guys Wonderful crew and alot of information about the harbor.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This was an amazing trip. We saw heaps of sea life and the tour guide was full of local knowledge. I would highly recommend this trip for anyone visiting Akaroa


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

What a magic cruise. We arrived on our cruise ship and boarded our nature cruise - conveniently located on the same wharf as the tender boats. The harbour is a magic place and seeing it from the water was breathtaking. The fact that the weather was perfect - with little wind - sunny skies and aqua water helped. Our skipper - Julian - was exceptional!! Providing informative and interesting commentary and making sure people on both sides of the boat were able to see the little dolphins. This is another tour that I'd highly recommend - two hours just flew.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Loved this trip and we saw everything we wanted.

Diane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Definitely worth the price and offered a beautiful view of the Harbor. Captain was knowledgable and we were able to see dolphins as depicted in the photo. Suggest private walking tour of Akaroa using tourist info headphones and map as we'll. inexpensive

Joseph W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The wind was blowing a gale and the seas very rough but it was a good little cruise. Not many dolphins but we saw seals on the rocks and a pair of penguins

Jesse United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Unfortunately, our cruise was cancelled when we arrived on the dock on our day as the waters were considered too rough and high winds. I rate the cruise a 5 star anyway as I know it would have been great.

dennis b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2012

Black cat were brilliant due to traffic problems we arrived late and they put us on the swim with dolphin cruise instead. we had wonderful views of hectors dolphins and penguins swimming alongside boat for almost the entire trip.would recommend this company for both harbour cruise and swim with dolphins.

Chris Hord Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

Akaroa Harbour is a very nice place to visit if you are in Christchurch. We rented a car and drove 1 and 1/2 hours from Christchurch to Akaroa. The view along the journal was spectacular. The cruise was great and we did manage to see penguine and dolphins on that day. We were given a nice post card to remember after the cruise. We had a great trip.

Neville C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Akaroa is a very beautiful place. o go there and not do a cruise and see the hector dolphins would be a big miss.

Florence S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The most amazing trip. Saw LOTS of Hector dolphins, seals and one penguin. Would recommend highly.

Claude I

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016

It would have been better to have a pretty day for this cruise, but the clouds did not stop us. The Akaroa harbor is full of wildlife -- Hector's dolphins zooming by so fast you can't catch them in a photo tiny penguins floating by fur seals lazing on the rocks. Enjoyed them all.

Peter O

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

Very enjoyable harbour cruise seeing dolphins and seasls


4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

We really enjoyed this trip. Boat was comfy even in the rough conditions. The commentary was information and didn't waffle on like so many do. The only negative for us was that a number of other passengers were sick and the behaviour of those passenger, leaving their used sick bags lying on the seats and coffee tables. Those passengers then decided to lay down across 4 seats leaving no room for those returning from the upper decks to sit. The cabin crew could have handled this better.

jacqueline e

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

It was a bit of a dull day weatherise, but the trip itself was well worth the effort. We saw, Hector's dolphins, blue penguins and New Zealand fur seals. the boat was comfortable and there was plenty of seating and vantage points to observe and photograph the wild life.

Matthew S

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

No Dolphins, but still a great experience, I gained an amazing photo of an Albatros

Michael H

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2012

A thoroughly enjoyable harbour cruise on a modern vessel with excellent commentary from the captain. We saw numerous Hector Dolphins, who delighted in swimming all around the boat, a penguin and some seals, as well as lots of birdlife. On a cautionary note, the sea can become very rough near the harbour entrance into the Pacific Ocean.

Karen Y Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2012

Weather a cold and windy. Boat's generator not working so no tea and coffee. Only say one of lot of dolphins

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