We are so pleased to say that we are currently operating safely in Akaroa at Alert level 2.

AKAROA NATURE CRUISES

Experience cruising through an extinct volcanic crater and encounter the worlds rarest and smallest dolphin

Journey through our culture and heritage to the historic French village of Akaroa, the gateway to our daily expeditions. Encounter Hector’s dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, coastal birds and more.

Dolphin Guarantee; if you don’t see any Hector’s dolphins you can cruise again for free.

Bring your camera and sense of adventure as you cruise aboard Akaroa’s largest, most spacious and stable catamaran and enjoy free tea and coffee.

Allow 2 hours for your Akaroa Nature Cruise.

SCHEDULE & PRICE

$95

Adult 16 years and over

$40

Child 5-15 years
(Under 5’s cruise for free)

10.45am and 1.30pm daily

ENQUIRIES

For all enquiries please call us on 0800 937 946 or email us on akaroa@blackcat.co.nz

ADDITIONAL INFO

PROTECT HECTOR’S TEAM

When booking your cruise you can add a membership to join our Protect Hector’s team for just $29 

COVID SAFETY

covid clean activityCovid ready 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award winning Akaroa cruise is packed with highlights

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin – the Hector’s Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you’ll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past. Cruises depart every day, weather permitting..

WILDLIFE

Also on the trip you will catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. There are many different bird species in the harbour, including five different cormorant (shag) species and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. You’ll also see New Zealand Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near Seal Bay.

TRAVEL IN STYLE

Your modern catamaran, the 60 foot /20 metre Black Cat
(previously the Canterbury Cat), is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. Our vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. There’s lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating, for shade and shelter. Inside there’s a bar and toilets. And the Black Cat is both stable and safe. Relax, stretch out and discover the harbour with our award winning Black Cat Cruise team. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour.

VOLCANIC ORIGINS

On each two-hour cruise we will endeavour to show you wildlife plus the many sea caves and volcanic cliffs. As Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano millions of years ago, there are many spectacular ancient lava flows to be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and a fascinating history, while Nikau Palm Gully is the southernmost limit for these tropical palm trees. There is also the incredible Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheatre that will take your breath away.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

YOUR QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE ITINERARY?

We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera – there are incredible views.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera – there are incredible views.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera – there are incredible views.

INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS WITH A DISABILITY (AKAROA)

We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera – there are incredible views.

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE?

CRUISE & RELAX

Great! You’re in the right place!

SWIM WITH DOLPHINS

We have a great package for that.

HIKE & STROLL

How about cruising to Diamond Harbour?

ESCAPE TO AN ISLAND

Pick from Quail or Ripapa Islands

HOW TO FIND US

We operate from the main wharf in Akaroa, only 80 minutes (82 km) drive from Christchurch on State Highway 75. Once in Akaroa
follow the main road until you see a wharf on the waterfront with a large blue building half way down. This is where you check in.

HOW TO GET TO AKAROA

Akaroa is located around 80 to 90 minutes drive from Christchurch city and Christchurch International airport.

It is an easy drive in a car through New Zealand farmland and then over the stunning Banks Peninsula hills to Akaroa. See http://maps.google.com/ for detailed directions of how to get from Christchurch to Akaroa.

Once in Akaroa continue along Rue Lavaud, which turns into Beach Rd. look for the long wharf in the centre of the town. You’ll see our large blue building on the wharf with a dolphin mural painted on the roof. Print this map out to help you navigate. You can also find us at 61 Beach Road.

CRUISE SHIPS

Cruise ship passengers will disembark directly onto the main wharf in Akaroa. This is where our main booking office and gift shop is located. Please allow enough time for you tender boat to reach the wharf in time for your activity check in.

NEED HELP GETTING TO AKAROA?

Click here for transport options.

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ABOUT US

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

OUR LOCATIONS

Our Nature Cruises and Dolphin Swimming experience depart from the stunning Akaroa harbour which is only a 90 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. The Diamond Harbour and Quail Island ferry depart from Lyttelton in Christchurch.