About Black Cat Cruises

The Award Winning Black Cat Group is internationally recognised as one of the success stories of the New Zealand tourism industry and an eco-tourism pioneer. We were the first to offer cruises in Akaroa and we are recognised as New Zealand's first Eco-tourism operator.

From humble beginnings carrying a few hundred people per year in small canoes and dinghies, Black Cat has grown to be one of the largest cruise companies in the South Island. More than 120,000 people will experience a Black Cat Group cruise or dolphin swimming adventure this year in a fleet of modern catamarans. Black Cat’s home territory on Bank’s Peninsula, just a short drive from the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, is one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of the Island, and home to an inspiring collection of marine wildlife and birdlife, including several endangered species.

Our Vision

We aim to provide world-class experiences to our customers.


At Black Cat Group we deliver world class customer experiences in high quality vessels. A respect for the environment and safety underpins everything we do.

Our Values

We seek to build and maintain a culture of delivering the highest quality experiences, a culture of excellence, education and fun and entertainment. We recognise that people are important to ensure that the highest quality is delivered on a systematic basis. A respect for the environment is essential to ensure our future.
We value:

Highly customer focused people.

Highest quality customer experiences.

High quality environment & industry leadership.

High quality safety standards.

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We are proud to follow the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 and the Marine Mammal Protection Regulations 1992.
These ensure the marine mammals of New Zealand are protected and that their conservation is a top priority.
Our interactions with marine mammals adhere to all regulations and our conservation focused tours, educate and raise awareness.

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