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Black Cat Cruises: 2hr Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Depart historic French Akaroa,90 minutes from Christchurch, aboard the Black Cat into scenic Akaroa Harbour.Discover and learn about rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. See volcanic Cathedral Cave, relics of the area’s past, and a salmon farm.Winner Supreme NZ Tourism ...

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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. 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. Operated by Black Cat Cruises – Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award.

 Vessel:   Black Cat – minimum 1, maximum 99.

 Whats included:

  • Full commentary from the skipper.
  • Full bar facilities on board.
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Free kids activity book
  • Optional photo pack 


  • Great English speaking skippers,
  • Information sheets available in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French and Korean 

What to Bring:

  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket,
  • waterproof jacket,
  • sunscreen,
  • sunglasses,
  • sun hat and
  • camera.


The historic French village of Akaroa is 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on daily Black Cat harbour cruises.

You'll see the rare, native dolphin - the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. There's also the chance to spot the world's smallest penguin, the White Flippered Little Blue Penguin, Fur Seals and other sea birds.

Other cruise highlights are a working salmon farm, Cathedral Cave and signs of Akaroa's fascinating past including early Maori, French and British settlements.

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
11am - returns 1pm (Nov - Apr)
1.30pm - returns 3.30pm (All Year)
3.40pm - returns 5.40pm (Dec - Mar)

Departure Point: MainWharf, Akaroa (check in 30 minutes prior)

Tour Length: Two hour cruise depart daily from Akaroa’s MainWharf.