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Christmas Cruising 2010 Schedule & Prices

Our Christmas day schedule is as follows:

Akaroa Harbour Cruises
11.00am
$85/$35

Dolphin swimming
9am, 12noon
$174/$144 (watching $144/$44).

Christchurch Wildlife Cruise (Lyttelton)
1:30pm
$85/$35 (includes free shuttle)

Diamond Harbour Ferry is a normal Saturday timetable with nothing after 6pm.

 

Great Feedback on Lyttelton Wildlife Cruise

This is just a little note to thank Black Cat Cruises for a wonderful trip. We took our two little people out on your Lyttelton Wildlife Cruise on Monday (Labour Day).

The weather was perfect and we saw lots of dolphins, one busy young fur seal, some nesting shags and other sea birds. The skipper was precise in his piloting of the boat and the commentary was informative and interesting.

All in all, a most pleasurable outing.

Our kids haven’t stopped talking about their day out. The postcards are shown to everyone who’s interested, with full details of the ‘mouse ear’ shaped dorsal fins on Hector’s dolphins, stories of the way the seal played with the dolphins and the long white ‘poos’ on the rocks under the Shags’ nests. Not bad detail from a 2 1/2 and 4 year old.

Thanks for your efforts to protect these beautiful creatures and to educate people about them in such a positive way.

We highly recommend your company to anyone who’s interested in harbour / wildlife cruises..

Phill and Jacq Long, Christchurch

I just wanted to say thank you and give you some feedback on the cruise.

The group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we saw lots of wildlife. The commentary was interesting and there was a perfect amount of it – you don’t want someone talk for 2h non stop 🙂 And I think it probably was the first cruise I have been on where you actually could understand what was said – absolutely full points for that. The staff was super nice and the vessels spacious and tidy. No wonder you win awards. What a beautiful part of the world you have down there.

Christchurch Earthquake Update

Our new location in Lyttelton is two doors down and we are now located at 5 Norwich Quay.

We will have a big sign on the old building so any customers reporting to the old address will easily be redirected to the new one.

Meantime work is completed on the repairs to the Akaroa wharf thanks to the great work from Christchurch City Council.

Southern Right Whale Spotting in Lyttelton

Recently we were lucky enough to see a southern right whale in Lyttelton which appeared very relaxed and was even seen to rubbing itself up against the rocks near a beach.

It seems it is not the first time this whale has done this because the attached video shows the same whale two years ago doing something very similar to what we witnessed. Clearly it’s on the way to the Antarctic and sees Lyttelton as a great place to take five.

Red Bus Buys Akaroa Shuttle

Akaroa Shuttle is under new management! From 29th November the iconic daily shuttle service is now operated by Red Bus who are the major public transport operator in Christchurch. Marketing material will be refreshed.

At this stage the timetable and prices remains the same.

www.akaroashuttle.co.nz
Tel 0800 500 929

One in a Million Experience Swimming with Dolphins

Black Cat Cruises guide Laura Hansen captured this amazing photo of a dolphin ‘spy-hopping’ in Akaroa Harbour.

Jason Hagedorn, from Chicago, was swimming with dolphins when the dolphin raised vertically out of the water for an eye to eye encounter.

Spy-hopping is the term given to a dolphin or whale raising its head vertically out of the water. The animal rotates slowly to view the surrounding area, before sinking quietly back below the surface.

“The dolphin did a couple of spy-hops and was really into this swimmer. The dolphin also did some ‘logging’ which is coming to a complete halt in the water and eyeballing the swimmer which is quite unusual behaviour.”

Christmas Cruising Schedule

Our Xmas day schedule is as follows:

Akaroa Harbour Cruises, 11.00am $85/$35 Dolphin swimming 0900, 1200 $174/$144 (watching $144/$44).

Christchurch Wildlife Cruise (Lyttelton) 130pm $85/$35 (includes free shuttle) and the Diamond Harbour Ferry is a normal Saturday timetable with nothing after 6pm.

Wonderful Trip Swimming with Dolphins

I just wanted to pass on a big thank you to Hamish and Julian for a wonderful trip swimming with the amazing Hector’s dolphins on Sunday. It was a truly incredible experience made even better by their shared knowledge and enthusiasm which was inspiring. I ended up with some pretty good pics so thought I would send them along just in case they can be put to any use which may benefit the dolphin conservation effort. Many thanks again, Al Sears PS. I will be back with the parents!

We wish to thank you for allowing us the opportunity to experience the Black Cat Lyttelton Harbour Cruise. We were well looked after by Fergus and Tash, and are happy to announce that a pod of Hector’s Dolphins was located which was wonderful. We certainly had a beautiful day for it. The level of area knowledge and commentary was impressive, delivered from both the cruise staff and coach driver. It was not only informative, but entertaining also. We appreciate that we are able to experience your product in order to better promote and sell to our clients and, in addition, look forward to introducing family and friends to a cruise in the future. Thank you again, Mel and Antin

First Black Cat Cruise Customer comes Forward

After an exhaustive search we have found one of the very first passengers from the first cruise in 1985. Brian Woods took part in the inaugural service and we have presented Brian with free cruises for the rest of his life. Brian joined former and current Black Cat staff members, customers and the original skipper on a harbour cruise of Akaroa exactly 25 years to the day later. It was a celebration of the journey and included reliving some of the most memorable moments on the harbour since 1985.