Welcome to Banks Peninsula, home of The Hector’s dolphins and eco-tourism pioneers Black Cat Cruises


Despite Akaroa’s close proximity to Christchurch, and our location on the other side of Banks Peninsula from Lyttelton, the resort township is unaffected by the Christchurch earthquake. All the cafes, restaurants, shops and accommodation businesses are operating as usual, with all the charm and atmosphere visitors have come to expect.

At Black Cat we are keen to see visitors who may have originally planned to spend time in the Garden City come directly to Akaroa to relax and enjoy what our beautiful location has to offer. Browse some reviews and comments about our lovely town.

Anyone arriving into Christchurch International Airport can find their way directly to Akaroa without going via the damaged central city – the routes for a one and a half hour drive can be found here:

Christchurch to Akaroa

Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa Harbour

We have put together an awesome deal for visitors or Christchurch locals who want to make the most of Akaroa. Our Snooze and Cruise deal is just $109 per person, providing accommodation at Tresori Motor Lodge or the Akaroa Criterion Motel and the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Black Cat.

Simply book directly at either of these accommodation venues, and you will be issued with a voucher for your cruise.

As we head into Autumn, Akaroa is looking its most beautiful, so don’t hesitate to join us!