Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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About this activity
Cruise on a modern 60 feet catamaran, perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. The vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. There's lots of space on the 2 decks for unenterrupted viewing and inside seating.

The 2-hour cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of Akaria Harbour.

On the two-hour cruise you will encounter wildlife plus the many sea caves and volcanic cliffs. As Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano nine million years ago, there is many spectacular ancient lava flows to be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and has a fascinating history plus you will also see the incredible Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheater that will take your breath away.

Catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world you'll also see the New Zealand Fur Seal sunning themselves on the harbors rocks near the entrance at Seal Bay.

The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the sighting of one of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector Dolphin also known as the New Zealand Dolphin. These friendly and inquisitive mammals meet the boat most days throughout the year and their calves can be seen between October and March.
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  • 2-hour nature cruise
  • Full on-board commentary
  • Tea and coffee
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
Diane R
5 | 2019-04-12

Friendly staff and great commentary We saw so much wild life it was just so special. Good boat to go out on too!

5 | 2018-03-03

My wife and I went to Akoroa on a Norwegian cruise. We were tendered into Akoroa where the start of the Black Cat cruise started. We got to the pier early so had a very nice walk around Akoroa. lovely little seaside town with cafes restaurants and shops. We had a very good breakfast cannot remember the cafe's name but about 400 yards to the left of the pier. We went back to the pier to get on the cruise. The crew and staff were excellent on board the Black Cat. The skipper gave a full description of the surroundings plus ensured we saw the dolphins and seals. I can recommend this cruise - good fun

2 | 2018-02-23

The dolphins didnt show up. The price was excessive for the 2 hours cruise, on a boat full of people, difficult to take pictures when people claimed their real estate on the rail and didnt relinquish it for the whole trip.... A ripp-off.

5 | 2018-02-09

Amazing experience- boat crew made sure we saw the wild birds up close- an absolute Must Do excursion.

Elisa K
5 | 2017-12-04

We were lucky to see a seal having an octopus meal. Some spectacular scenery.


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