Black Cat Cruises

Black Cat Cruises are an award winning New Zealand eco-tourism operator who offer the top Akaroa sightseeing activities. Book onto an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise to see dolphins, penguins, fur seals and more, or swim with Hector’s dolphins in the wild for a once in a lifetime experience.

Enjoy stunning scenery and all the delights this wonderful French inspired sea-side village has to offer. Their Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise has been voted as the number one wildlife activity to do in New Zealand and operates all year round. 

They also offer dolphin swimming tours. Akaroa is the only places in the world where you can swim with Hector’s dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest! You can get up close and personal with these amazing creatures in the sheltered harbour of Akaroa.

A portion of every ticket sale goes back to helping with the education and research of Hector's dolphins.

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Opening hours

April – November
9am – 5pm

December – March
8am – 6pm

Please enquire for group bookings and private charters

Transport Options

Cruise with Black Cat to enjoy the best attractions and sightseeing activity Christchurch has to offer. Located just 90 minutes from Christchurch, this scenic drive through the Banks Peninsula to Akaroa is well worth it. Whether you are driving over yourself, would like to hire a car or visit  as part of an organised day trip there are plenty of options for transport to Akaroa. Please see our website for more details on shuttle options, tour guides and how to get there.