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Dolphin & Nature Cruise in Akaroa

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Discover the world's smallest and rarest dolphins while cruising past the historic volcano crater at Akaroa Harbour.


  • If you enjoy spending time in the ocean and watching dolphins, then Akaroa's Nature Cruise is the perfect way to take care of your twin wishes.
  • As you explore the culture and heritage of New Zealand, the French settlement of Akaroa, get to meet Hector's dolphins, coastal birds, fur seals, and other sea creatures.
  • Dolphin Guarantee: You are entitled to a free second cruise if you don't spot any Hector's dolphins on your first tour.
  • Bring your cameras and spirit of adventure along while you cruise on Akaroa's biggest and most secure catamaran. There are several picture-worthy views that you can't miss out on.


  • Nature cruise
  • Hot beverages
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Wildlife Pass


  • Meal inclusions
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Ratings & Reviews

1 Rating
Dona Shiwanthi Erandika Karannagoda



Jan, 2023

A very happy day for me and my family. Especially my daughter. Very good services were provided by your company.

If you enjoy spending time by the sea and watching dolphins, then Akora's nature cruise is where you should spend your next holiday. Akaroa's cruise is packed with several exciting highlights, such as the rare Hector's Dolphin, penguins, and several sea creatures. In addition, you'll see enormous sea cliffs formed by volcanic eruptions. Our ship is the biggest and most luxurious in the harbor. There is a lot of space on the two decks and a tonne of covered seats to provide shelter and shade. So relax, enjoy and explore the harbor with our Black Cat Cruise staff. The skipper provides insights into the harbor's nature, fauna, and history.

On your tour, you will also come across the famous white-flippered blue penguin, the world's tiniest penguin. The harbor is home to various bird species, including five cormorant species and the yellow-eyed penguin. You can easily spot fur seals lazing on the rocks in Seal Bay. Our 2-hour tours aim to assist you in discovering the abundant marine life, sea caves, and volcanic rocks. Since Akaroa Harbour was an active volcano a thousand years ago, there are countless beautiful ancient lava flows to see. There's also the breathtaking Scenery Nook and a volcanic amphitheater to enhance your cruising experience.

Important Information

  • If you do not spot dolphins, you will be offered a voucher to cruise with us again for free. There are no monetary benefits.
  • The tour does not include any refreshments. However, hot beverages like tea and coffee are available at the site.
  • There are wheelchairs available. Please inquire upon arrival if assistance is needed.


  • Daily: 10:45am and 1:30pm
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the boarding point.
  • Please arrive at the boarding point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Boarding Point

  • Board your cruise at main wharf, Black Cat Cruises.
  • Address: Akaroa Main Wharf, Akaroa, Christchurch 7520, New Zealand.

Get Directions to the Boarding Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Akaroa bus stop. It is a quick 10-minute walk to the meeting point.
  • Board buses Christchurch - Akaroa to get you there.

By Car

  • If you're driving to the boarding point, take State Highway 75.
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