Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises

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Stefano Clerici

Italy

Ranking: 10/10

Very well organized, we sow dolphins and seals. Very cold day but we'll remember it. I'd recommend it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Fran and Ben

England

Ranking: 10/10

Enthusiastic guides, very informative and made our experience lots of fun.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Sue Milne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Comfortable, exhilarating ride. Complimentary drinks. Friendly, helpful staff. Interesting, reflective and informative commentary. The weather was against us for seeing penguins and dolphins but we loved the seals.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Patricia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphins, penguins, seals were seen on the boat tour, great waves. Guide made lots of jokes and was cool.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ceri Eaton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic boat trip in the harbour. Lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Thomas Zilio

France

Ranking: 4/10

Cruise with boat to explore animals (dolphins, seals, penguins etc....) Few animals seen during the cruise, few explanations and already $80 per person, quite a lot!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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JoMary Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Black Cat is very professional and well run. We had an excellent wildlife experience. The boat did not have many passengers so it was very personal. We saw lots of dolphins and the boat was stopped and engines off so that they would come really close. We also saw fur seals and lots of birds. The skipper gave us an excellent and informative commentary on everything we saw, and answered questions we had. It was one of the top experiences of our NZ stay.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Christian Schumacher

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Had a lot of fun seeing many dolphins with very nice company and staff.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Marco Schmidt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Well organised and environmentally aware.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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N Zitscher

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

OK but too expensive.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Karin Genyn

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Nicest wildlife, penguins, seals, dolphins (hectors) on one trip for a good price.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Peter Harden

England

Ranking: 9/10

Ticket purchase and booking easy - trip to view dolphins and other wildlife in Akaroa Harbour was excellent with good first class commentary.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Mike & Jennie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well looked after in the sea, lots of information.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Stefes Wencke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Mostly impressed by the friendly hector dolphins! Very friendly crew and lots to learn.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Jenny McTigue

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Really good cruise of Akaroa Harbour. Informative and got to see a dolphin, so they delivered.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Johan Kroese

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice, kind guide.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Herbert

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent animal viewing and friendly staff.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Louise van der Hyden

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Nice boat trip with a free drink and cookie. We saw penguins, seals and dolphins and the crew was very friendly, (and a little Dutch!)

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Michael

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Commercial trip with the Black Cat to see Dolphins, we were lucky and saw lots of them.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Richard Dudfield

England

Ranking: 10/10

Great boat, interesting and entertaining commentary. We saw all the wildlife advertised. Bonus Top10 card discount, complimentary hot drink and free fish and chips.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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elmoandjoey

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a great cruise we had.We were thrilled to see such a large number of Hectors dolphins swimming around the boat and the trip outside the heads was the icing on the cake.The skipper's commentary was very informative,the young crew very friendly and this is a fantastic trip for both kiwis and tourists.

Wayne & Lyn Bellaney

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Tim

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The kids loved it and were lucky enough to see several pods of Hectors Dolphins, one pod of 13 so we were very lucky.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the vessel was immaculate. The weather was perfect as well.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Risch & Seybold

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great cruise. We saw a lot of Hector Dolphins. Friendly staff, lots of information given druing the cruise.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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Conny

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice tour, wonderful view, seals. Very kind, drinks and cookie for free.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Victoria Slater

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Brilliant, very commercial.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kathrin Thomas

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent unobtrusive commentary, pleasant and unrushed.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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csziegler

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Good service and nice tour.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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james masura

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Our family was fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. The boat was immaculate, the view breathtaking and the Hector dolphins unbelievable. The crew was knowledgable and made sure to point out all the spectacular points of interest. The wildlife was amazing. Hector dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals, Little Blue Penquins and Sea Birds greeted us, which made the excursion a definate memorable experience. The Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise is a must for your holiday travels. Thank you for a wonderful cruise.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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JohannaB

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice cruise, nice crew but expensive, just go there when you have to much time.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Steve Drake

United States

Ranking: 1/10

We missed the fully prepaid dolphin tour by a few minutes. We asked to go on the harbor cruise instead and they insisted we pay for that too though at a discounted rate even though there was plenty of room on the boat. Typical tourist scam operation. They are the big operator in the area and act like it. Look for small operators instead if you don't want to feel like a cog in a machine.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises - Black Cat Cruises responds:

This is tad disappointing for all of us at Black Cat as we were trying to do the right thing. It was a pity the customer arrived 40 minutes late but the boat has to depart on time in fairness to others. Our policy for latecomers is to give a free ticket on a stand by basis. If we can get them on somewhere we will. The harbour cruise was in fact full that day too (not plenty of room) a wait list was operating; there were no other cruises scheduled that day. Next day was not suitable. Sorry!

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eatc

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Impressed by their approach - if they felt you hadn't had enough time with the dolphins they refund you - we had ten mins in the water before the dolphs got bored, then tried again another couple of times with no luck, and go about a third of the cost refunded.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Peter Bowen-Simpkins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Comfortable boat, knowledgeable commentary, good value for money.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JimmyK

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Safety first priority and they respect the wildlife.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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NatasjaV

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice people, explain a lot about the Hector dolphin. Safety is good also.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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stephen

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very professional. Boat was very stable and it was enjoyable even for a land-lover. Captain was funny and informative.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Andrea

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Dolphin and nature cruise. Was fine and interesting. I have nothing to say against it but it was quite expensive and they gave no student discount.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Daniel

Switzerland

Ranking: 3/10

Too expensive for what you get to see & hear.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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schenk

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

A lot of dolphins (hector).

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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groenewold

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good skipper, nice comments.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Karen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The staff really tried hard to find dolphins. We had a few chances but the dolphins stay short with us. Finally we received a refund.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ducolq

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Well organised but poor information and maybe not eager to show us dolphins.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Rebekka

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

You can't really enjoy swimming with dolphins - too fast, cold water, only a few dolphins. Better to only watch them.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Mary Hamilton

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

After being told the next sailing was full, we managed to get on the cruise at the last minute after some intensive praying by the 7 year old member of family. Her prayers were sure answered. The boat was well set up for viewing, comfortable, and felt safe. The skipper was superb - gave an amazing commentary for a recently immigrated Scotsman and did a wonderful job of finding the wildlife and getting up close. We saw lots of dolphins and got a great appreciation of the beautiful Akaroa Harbour. A highlight of our holiday.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Esther

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

They were really nice staff who are prepared to do a little extra for their customers.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jim Summers

United States

Ranking: 8/10

They took their time, explained lots of interesting things and made a really big effort to find the dolphins.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Knol

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised with informative guides.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Dorris Schwarz

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great day.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Eleanor Adams

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Seen dolphins, seals,sea birds. Good info, great boat. Friendly staff

Reviewed about 12 years ago