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Akaroa like you have never seen it before

Thank you for creating such an incredibly perfect video to showcase Akaroa!  I was captivated by the video and will be sharing it with everyone, especially my overseas friends and family. Wow! 

Here are just a few lovely comments we received when we launched our brand new Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise video. Shot this summer it showcases our little slice of paradise from both land and air…..and of course we’ve uploaded the video below…black cat cruises akaroa

It looks beautiful – we’ve lived in chch most of our lives and ive blogged about a lot of stuff but not that part of banks peninsula – love the video! was that done using a quadcopter – great camera work and yes it has been an awesome summer!!

akaroa cathedral cave cruiseGreat video, I didnt even realise we had places like that so close by!

What a beautiful, tranquil video!

Great photography and a very special part of the world.

I was fascinated as I spent so much of my life at Le Bons bay and yet have never seen this footage of the Akaroa Harbour like this before.scenery nook akaroa

I was very impressed at the quality of the video, and loved the shots taken from the flying drone. It also did a great job of showing the characteristically stunning Geology we have here in NZ. I am actually studying Geology and would love to check it out on one of your cruises!

Great video – we are so lucky to have this in our own “backyard”

New Zealand fur seal nature cruiseWhat a beautiful video.  We have been to akaroa and the surrounding area but never on one of your black cat cruises

Cool video! Looks like an amazing experience.

 

 

 

 

Watch the 2 minute video here….

 

Akaroa makes it on TV with two rare wildlife sightings during Seaweek

Bottlenose dolphins and a ginger seal make rare ‘once in a lifetime’ Akaroa visit

Akaroa was treated to a rare ‘once in a lifetime’ sight of a pod of Bottlenose dolphins close to the town’s main wharf yesterday, well within sight of the town’s locals and visitors sitting in cafes on the waterfront.bottlenose dolphin in Akaroa

“It’s a fantastic sighting,” Black Cat Cruises Sales & Marketing Manager Natasha Lombart said. “We’ve never had them (Bottlenose dolphins) visit the main wharf before, or seen so many around the harbour; it just doesn’t happen”  The rarity of the sightings made it onto TV One Breakfast news. Local Christchurch reporter Holly Carran helped to share the story with thousands of viewers…..Tv one Breakfast news features Akaroa

The area is well known for the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin the Hector’s dolphin, but sighting of large numbers of Bottlenose dolphins is rare for the area.

“Our job is to show people the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin every day, something uniquely special in itself, however this season we have had such a treat with rare wildlife as well as Orca, Hector calves and even a ginger seal pup that was seen happily playing with its sleek fur seal playmates last week.”BCAK BCAK 2015 03 03 C1640 1945

Lombart said it had really been a ‘special summer’ with so many rare and unique sightings. “In a very rare sight, a female Orca and her two calves were seen playing with a pod of Hector’s dolphins late last year, last week was the first time anyone has ever seen a ginger seal and there’s been a few dolphin calves in the harbour which always great news for the endangered species.”

The pod of between 20 and 30 Bottlenose dolphins included several calves and have been sighted at various spots in the harbour this week.DSC 0008

“Customers and staff on our Akaroa Harbour Cruise were very excited,” Lombart said. “They said you could even hear their sounds. It really is a very rare opportunity as we never get Bottlenose dolphins inside the harbour and they’ve certainly never been right up against the wharf in town.”DSC 0067

She said it literally was ‘a once in a life time opportunity’ as Black Cat staff thought it had never happened before.

Lombart said the sightings were timely as New Zealand is celebrating Seaweek, New Zealand’s national celebration of our marine environment.

“The timing couldn’t be better,” she said. “It’s almost as if they (The Bottlenose dolphins) know its Seaweek.”

To watch the brekfast news report click here and scroll to 1hr17mins

THERE ARE ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT FOR YOU TO WATCH THE EPISODE

 

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