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Nature Cruise at Akaroa Harbour

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Black Cat Cruises

Nature Cruise at Akaroa Harbour


  • Nature cruise on the majestic Akaroa Harbour
  • See local wildlife such as penguins, dolphins and sea birds
  • Learn about the harbour's fascinating past

Cruise Akaroa Harbour and see New Zealand's most spectacular wildlife from the comfort of a catamaran! You'll depart the french village of Akaroa for a wonderful two-hour cruise. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife - dolphins, penguins and marine birdlife, all in one lovely experience!

What's Included?

  • Two hour nature cruise
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Historical and social commentary from an experience guide about the significance of the area
  • Tea and coffee
  • Full bar facilities on board

The quaint, historic French village of Akaroa is a mere 90 minute drive from Christchurch. Here you can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and 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, 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.

This experience is part of the Responsible range as it holds a Qualmark Enviro-Gold endorsement.

Session Length

  • Please allow two hours for this experience
  • Departs at 1.30pm daily


All departures are subject to weather conditions. Whilst it is rare to cancel due to weather it can happen. Please call ahead to check the weather if you are unsure.



      • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
      • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
      • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience


      All cruises are weather dependent; however they will not be cancelled in the event of rain.

      Dress Code

      Wear warm clothes and layers, its always a little cooler on the water.

      This experience takes place in Akaroa, a 90 minute drive from Christchurch.

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