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Black Cat Cruises

Boat Cruises in Canterbury
Price range:
$75.00 - $160.00


Description

Been for a cruise lately? Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, in New Zealand’s South Island, the Black Cat Group cruises the scenic extinct volcanic harbour of Akaroa daily. We offer an unforgettable view of the wildlife including Hector’s dolphins as well as the many historical highlights in the area. You can also swim with Hector’s dolphins in Akaroa, the only place in the world that offers this unique experience.

The company has won many awards, including the Supreme Award, at the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2003/4, and the Business Excellence award in 2016/17 making it New Zealand’s top tourism operator. People the world over have told us what a special experience it is to see the dolphins; we guarantee that you’ll agree.

We are Qualmark Gold endorsed, Approved by the Department of Conservation and qualified as a SMART operator (Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism).


Options

#1 - Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise 11am Departure

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. Two hour cruise depart daily from Akaroa's Main Wharf.

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

Schedule:
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Departs 11.00am, Returns 1.00pm, Nov-Apr
Departs 1.30pm, Returns 3.30pm, All year
Departs 3.40pm, Returns 5.40pm, Dec - Mar

Departure Point:
Main Wharf, Akaroa

Commentaries/Interpretation:
Great English speaking skippers, Information sheets available in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean

What to Bring:
Warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Vessel
Black Cat – minimum 1, maximum 99.


#2 - Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise 1:30pm Departure

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. Two hour cruise depart daily from Akaroa's Main Wharf.

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

Schedule:
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Departs 11.00am, Returns 1.00pm, Nov-Apr
Departs 1.30pm, Returns 3.30pm, All year
Departs 3.40pm, Returns 5.40pm, Dec - Mar

Departure Point:
Main Wharf, Akaroa

Commentaries/Interpretation:
Great English speaking skippers, Information sheets available in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean

What to Bring:
Warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Vessel
Black Cat – minimum 1, maximum 99.


#3 - Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise 3.40pm Departure

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. Two hour cruise depart daily from Akaroa's Main Wharf.

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

Schedule:
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Departs 11.00am, Returns 1.00pm, Nov-Apr
Departs 1.30pm, Returns 3.30pm, All year
Departs 3.40pm, Returns 5.40pm, Dec - Mar

Departure Point:
Main Wharf, Akaroa

Commentaries/Interpretation:
Great English speaking skippers, Information sheets available in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean

What to Bring:
Warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Vessel
Black Cat – minimum 1, maximum 99.


#4 - Swimming with Dolphins 8:30am Departure

Akaroa Harbour is around 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Akaroa Township is a quaint, French inspired seaside village which is very romantic and unique in New Zealand. It's the only place on the planet where you can swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand dolphin. Black Cat Cruises operate a jet-powered catamaran for ultimate safety for you and the dolphins. Everything is provided including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate and a free gift pack. And we'll also take optional photos of you swimming with dolphins. The three hours includes half an hour before for briefing and putting on the wet suits and half an hour afterwards for debrief, hot drink and shower.

Inclusions:
Wetsuits, masks, snorkels. Full briefing on dolphin's expected behaviour from dedicated dolphin guide. Hot drink and shower. Free dolphin information brochure, certificate and dolphin postcard. Optional photo pack. Free kids activity book. Note dry suits are provided from May to September. Note: Children. Swimming is not available for under 8's. However with correct parental supervision and good sea conditions staff may reconsider this if space is available. A fit and confident child aged 8 and above is able to swim with dolphins.

Departs:
Report time at 6.00am 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm on demand (11.30am only from May to Sep)

Departure Point:
Main Wharf, Akaroa

Commentaries/Interpretation:
Great English speaking guides, Information sheets in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean

What to Bring:
Towel and swimming costume, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Vessel
Cat 2, Clipper, Black Knight, Black Pearl – minimum 2, maximum 20.


#5 - Swimming with Dolphins 11:30am Departure

Akaroa Harbour is around 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Akaroa Township is a quaint, French inspired seaside village which is very romantic and unique in New Zealand. It's the only place on the planet where you can swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand dolphin. Black Cat Cruises operate a jet-powered catamaran for ultimate safety for you and the dolphins. Everything is provided including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate and a free gift pack. And we'll also take optional photos of you swimming with dolphins. The three hours includes half an hour before for briefing and putting on the wet suits and half an hour afterwards for debrief, hot drink and shower.

Inclusions:
Wetsuits, masks, snorkels. Full briefing on dolphin's expected behaviour from dedicated dolphin guide. Hot drink and shower. Free dolphin information brochure, certificate and dolphin postcard. Optional photo pack. Free kids activity book. Note dry suits are provided from May to September. Note: Children. Swimming is not available for under 8's. However with correct parental supervision and good sea conditions staff may reconsider this if space is available. A fit and confident child aged 8 and above is able to swim with dolphins.

Departs:
Report time at 6.00am 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm on demand (11.30am only from May to Sep)

Departure Point:
Main Wharf, Akaroa

Commentaries/Interpretation:
Great English speaking guides, Information sheets in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean

What to Bring:
Towel and swimming costume, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Vessel
Cat 2, Clipper, Black Knight, Black Pearl – minimum 2, maximum 20.


#6 - Swimming with Dolphins 1:30pm Departure

Akaroa Harbour is around 90 minutes drive from Christchurch. Akaroa Township is a quaint, French inspired seaside village which is very romantic and unique in New Zealand. It's the only place on the planet where you can swim with the world's smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector's or New Zealand dolphin. Black Cat Cruises operate a jet-powered catamaran for ultimate safety for you and the dolphins. Everything is provided including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate and a free gift pack. And we'll also take optional photos of you swimming with dolphins. The three hours includes half an hour before for briefing and putting on the wet suits and half an hour afterwards for debrief, hot drink and shower.

Inclusions:
Wetsuits, masks, snorkels. Full briefing on dolphin's expected behaviour from dedicated dolphin guide. Hot drink and shower. Free dolphin information brochure, certificate and dolphin postcard. Optional photo pack. Free kids activity book. Note dry suits are provided from May to September. Note: Children. Swimming is not available for under 8's. However with correct parental supervision and good sea conditions staff may reconsider this if space is available. A fit and confident child aged 8 and above is able to swim with dolphins.

Departs:
Report time at 6.00am 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm on demand (11.30am only from May to Sep)

Departure Point:
Main Wharf, Akaroa

Commentaries/Interpretation:
Great English speaking guides, Information sheets in German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Korean

What to Bring:
Towel and swimming costume, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.

Vessel
Cat 2, Clipper, Black Knight, Black Pearl – minimum 2, maximum 20.


Reviews


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ALANA GALLAGHER

CANCELLATION POLICY

If a cancellation is made within 24 hours of arrival day, loss of 100% of the total booking price.