Akaroa, New Zealand
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2 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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
  • Stunning scenery and plenty of photo opportunities
  • Fully narrated by knowledgeable skipper
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.

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M
, Jan 2019

We were a family of 5 - inlaws, husband and daughter. Theyre nearly 80 years of age and had the flu so didn't really get outside but my husband, daughter and I were delighted by the seals, penguins and dolpins and the chance to get up close with the cliffs of Akaroa. This was our third trip to Akaroa ad we'd promised ourselves we'd do the nature cruise and it didn't disappoint!

S
, Jan 2019

This harbour cruise was outstanding. Kate, our Captain, also provided commentary which was informative yet infused with humour. We got to see wild, endangered Hector's Dolphins who swam with us for part of the trip - a real treat. From the front deck of the catamaran, we also spied a penguin! Albatrosses flew about and fur seals lounged in the sun on the rocks by the harbour entrance. Magical stuff! Such a beautiful harbour - and how wonderful to see the dolphins and have them play with us! Thank you Black Cat for this awesome experience.

J
, Nov 2018

Akaroa Harbor nature cruise was great! A highlight of our whole trip. Boat captain very knowledgeable about many different types of wildlife as well as rock formations and the whole area. Black Cat Cruises staff were all great, very friendly and helpful. Weather was perfect too! Definitely recommend Black Cat and the Akaroa nature cruise!

M
, Mar 2018
g
, Mar 2018

My wife and I went to Akoroa on a Norwegian cruise. We were tendered into Akoroa where the start of the Black Cat cruise started.
We got to the pier early so had a very nice walk around Akoroa. lovely little seaside town with cafes restaurants and shops. We had a very good breakfast cannot remember the cafe's name but about 400 yards to the left of the pier. We went back to the pier to get on the cruise. The crew and staff were excellent on board the Black Cat. The skipper gave a full description of the surroundings plus ensured we saw the dolphins and seals. I can recommend this cruise - good fun

d
, Feb 2018

The dolphins didnt show up.
The price was excessive for the 2 hours cruise, on a boat full of people, difficult to take pictures when people claimed their real estate on the rail and didnt relinquish it for the whole trip....
A ripp-off.

m
, Feb 2018

Amazing experience- boat crew made sure we saw the wild birds up close- an absolute Must Do excursion.

J
, Feb 2018

We saw lots of amazing coastal scenery and a variety of wildlife including little penguins, dolphins, seals, shags and other birdlife.
Good commentary. Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate available but not strongly promoted.

R
, Jan 2018

Great trip - even with the poor weather conditions.

E
, Dec 2017

We were lucky to see a seal having an octopus meal. Some spectacular scenery.


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