Did you know that the Hector’s Dolphins (the world’s smallest and rarest) are an endemic species?
Meaning they can only be found in and around the waters of New Zealand.

Did you also know that New Zealand has the most diverse range of coastal birdlife than any other country on this planet?

From the up-close and personal experience of swimming with Hector’s dolphins, to the native penguins, fur seals, occasional whales and a wide range of impressive sea birds, experiencing the natural beauty of New Zealand’s marine wildlife is always impressive.

On these pages we have shared some facts about this fascinating collection wildlife – from an in depth look at the rare, NZ native Hector’s dolphin, through to an overview of the sea birds most commonly seen around the Banks Peninsula harbours

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.

About us

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.

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

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