Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises (Black Cat Cruises)

Cruise around an extinct volcanic crater, see the world's smallest dolphins, penguins and seals all in stunning scenery. Cruises are narrated by your skipper. Operated by award winning Black Cat.


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Depart the charming historic French township of Akaroa, just 90 minutes from Christchurch, aboard the large modern catamaran, Black Cat, into the sweeping scenic splendour of Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy your skipper’s fascinating commentary as you discover playful, rare New Zealand Hector's dolphins, fur seals, penguins and many other kinds of sea birds.

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Visit the startling volcanic formation of Cathedral Cave, and see everything from relics of the area’s Maori and colonial past to a modern working salmon farm of today. Two hour cruises depart daily from the Main Wharf.


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Physical address

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises (Black Cat Cruises), Main Wharf, Beach Road, Akaroa, Christchurch - Canterbury, 7520, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8.30am-5pm, 7 days.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
90 minutes from Christchurch Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
Proximity to town:
5 minutes walk from central Akaroa

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $75.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Under 5's are free
Further pricing information:
subject to weather conditions

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Traditional) YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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