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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Top 10 Things to do in New Zealand

CD Traveller.com based in the UK has also named swimming with dolphins in Akaroa as one of their top 10 things to do in New Zealand.

 

    1. Swimming with dolphins in Akaroa

 

    1. Whale watch tours in Kaikoura

 

    1. Tucking into a Maori meal and cultural tour

 

    1. Partying up a storm in Wellington

 

    1. Heading to Hanmer Springs

 

    1. Taking a trip to Taupo

 

    1. Exploring Auckland – aka the ‘City of Sails’

 

    1. Thrills and spills in Queenstown

 

    1. Chilling out in Christchurch

 

  1. Catching the All Blacks in action

Christmas Cruising 2010 Schedule & Prices

Our Christmas day schedule is as follows:

Akaroa Harbour Cruises
11.00am
$85/$35

Dolphin swimming
9am, 12noon
$174/$144 (watching $144/$44).

Christchurch Wildlife Cruise (Lyttelton)
1:30pm
$85/$35 (includes free shuttle)

Diamond Harbour Ferry is a normal Saturday timetable with nothing after 6pm.

 

Great Feedback on Lyttelton Wildlife Cruise

This is just a little note to thank Black Cat Cruises for a wonderful trip. We took our two little people out on your Lyttelton Wildlife Cruise on Monday (Labour Day).

The weather was perfect and we saw lots of dolphins, one busy young fur seal, some nesting shags and other sea birds. The skipper was precise in his piloting of the boat and the commentary was informative and interesting.

All in all, a most pleasurable outing.

Our kids haven’t stopped talking about their day out. The postcards are shown to everyone who’s interested, with full details of the ‘mouse ear’ shaped dorsal fins on Hector’s dolphins, stories of the way the seal played with the dolphins and the long white ‘poos’ on the rocks under the Shags’ nests. Not bad detail from a 2 1/2 and 4 year old.

Thanks for your efforts to protect these beautiful creatures and to educate people about them in such a positive way.

We highly recommend your company to anyone who’s interested in harbour / wildlife cruises..

Phill and Jacq Long, Christchurch

I just wanted to say thank you and give you some feedback on the cruise.

The group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we saw lots of wildlife. The commentary was interesting and there was a perfect amount of it – you don’t want someone talk for 2h non stop 🙂 And I think it probably was the first cruise I have been on where you actually could understand what was said – absolutely full points for that. The staff was super nice and the vessels spacious and tidy. No wonder you win awards. What a beautiful part of the world you have down there.

Christchurch Earthquake Update

Our new location in Lyttelton is two doors down and we are now located at 5 Norwich Quay.

We will have a big sign on the old building so any customers reporting to the old address will easily be redirected to the new one.

Meantime work is completed on the repairs to the Akaroa wharf thanks to the great work from Christchurch City Council.

Southern Right Whale Spotting in Lyttelton

Recently we were lucky enough to see a southern right whale in Lyttelton which appeared very relaxed and was even seen to rubbing itself up against the rocks near a beach.

It seems it is not the first time this whale has done this because the attached video shows the same whale two years ago doing something very similar to what we witnessed. Clearly it’s on the way to the Antarctic and sees Lyttelton as a great place to take five.