Our covid-19 status

Akaroa Harbour Cruises – Operating daily at 1.30pm. 25% discount offered when you use code ‘supportlocal’ 
Swimming with Dolphins – Currently not Operating

Diamond Harbour Ferry – Operating Full Schedule with Reduced Capacity
Quail Island – We will be operating daily over July School Holidays July 4 -19th. Kids cruise free with code Kidsfest

Ripapa Island – We will be operating on the weekends of the school holidays. July 4,5, 11,12, 18,19. Kids cruise free with code kidsfest

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 1 it is our intention to operate our Akaroa Harbour Cruise daily. 
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.