For over a decade Black Cat has been recognised nationally and internationally with numerous tourism awards and are recognised as New Zealand's first true eco-tourism operator  


The New Zealand Tourism Awards

We are the current champions of The New Zealand Tourism Awards for the Business Excellence category (Under 6 million)

TIA Awards Digital Badge Winner


Qualmark endorsed and the only cruise operator in Akaroa to hold an Enviro-Gold award

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Awarded by the Department of Conservation for our safe and sustainable practises not just with the environment but the willdlife we work around

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DOC Approved


Green Globe benchmarked

Black Cat Cruises were the first cruise operator in the world to be awarded the coveted international Green Globe 21 award

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#1 Experience OZ + NZ Bucketlist

Black Cat Cruises made it onto the Top 100 Bucket List for Experience OZ + NZ and took the number 1 spot for Swimming With Dolphins in Akaroa

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Number 1 Wildlife Activity in New Zealand

We currently hold this title as voted for by thousands of Kiwi's in the AA's  national survey

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Lonely Planet

Black Cat Cruises are listed in the 2014 guide as one of the Top 10 Marine Mammal Experiences in the world for our akaroa dolphin swim experience!

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Trip Advisor

We have received Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence for the last 5 years running and so have made it into their 'Hall of Fame'

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Supreme Tourism Award Winners

In 2003 Black Cat Cruises received this prestigious award from the NZ Tourism awards

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SKAL Eco-tourism award

Recognised by our industry peers for our conservation efforts we proudly received this award in 2004


The Black Cat Group has also reached the finals of the host section of the Champion Canterbury Awards three years running.