Akaroa Harbour Cruises 
Operating daily at 10:45am and 1.30pm.
25% discount offered when you use the promo code ‘supportlocal’ 

Swimming with Dolphins
Operating daily departures.
2-4-1 special when you use the use the promo code ‘podsquad’ 

Diamond Harbour Ferry
Operating Full Schedule.

Quail Island
Operating at weekends only.
** daily Treasure Hunt during the School Holidays **

Ripapa Island – Not currently operating.


Read on for more detail….

Our COVID-19 Status

We are currently facing unprecedented times both for our business and the wider tourism industry. 
The situation and information available to us is changing on a daily basis.

Our priority at this time is the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff and their families.


At alert lever 2, we will operate our Akaroa Harbour Cruise daily with reduced capacity and appropriate cleaning programme. 
We do not plan on operating our Swimming with Dolphins experience until later this year.

To check on our current schedule and availability, please click here.


The Diamond Harbour Ferry has now returned to a normal schedule.

Please stay up to date with the Public Transport schedule by checking out the Metro website.

All other ferries and charters in Lyttelton have been suspended until further notice.
We are reviewing how we might be able to re-start the Quail Island Ferry over the winter.
We can confirm we will operate our daily schedule over the July school holidays and will update the Quail Island page and schedule as and when we can.
Ripapa Island will have a weekend service run over the three weekends of the July school holidays.
We are reviewing what kind of service we can offer on a regular basis going forward.


If you have any query regarding any existing booking or our current schedule –
please contact our reservations team on
0800 436 574 (or 64 3 304 7641) or email reservations@blackcat.co.nz.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these changes.