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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

  • Nature cruise in Akaroa Harbour shore excursion
  • 2-hour Akaroa Harbour cruise by luxury boat to see the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector's dolphin
  • See fur seals as you cruise past Seal Bay
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
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11am DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 11am from November to April. From 1 October 2017, this time will operate all year round.
1:30pm Departure
Departs at 1:30pm all year round
3:40pm Departure
Departs at 11am from December to March
Spend your shore excursion in Akaroa on a 2-hour nature cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Your professional skipper points out abundant wildlife that may include Hector’s dolphins — the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins — New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins and yellow-eyed penguins. You’ll motor past volcanic cliffs and remote sea caves by luxury catamaran en route to Seal Bay and a salmon farm in Lucas Bay.
What to Expect
After your cruise ship docks the Akaroa terminal, catch the tender to the main wharf, making sure to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before your 2-hour nature cruise departs for Akaroa Harbour.

Find yourself a perfect spot on the 60-foot (18-meter) luxury catamaran, which offers a choice of two observation decks that provide plenty of unobstructed views of Akaroa’s wildlife. Sip complimentary coffee and tea while the skipper shares information about the harbor’s natural history and geographical features — such as Cathedral Cave and the volcanic amphitheater of Scenery Nook — and brings your attention to any marine life.

Motor past Akaroa Lighthouse and keep an eye out for petite Hector’s dolphins, whose calves often swim alongside the boat between October and March. You may also encounter white-flippered penguins — the world’s smallest penguin — or the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.

Snap photos of New Zealand fur seals basking on the rocks at Seal Bay, and make a stop at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay to learn how Akaroa salmon are raised, before your boat returns to the dock.

This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Akaroa. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Reviews (45)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an absolutely incredible experience. Akaroa is simply beautiful, and what an amazing thing to see some of the worlds rarest dolphins. When we went we saw around 12 of the beautiful creatures. We also saw penguins and fur seals. The tour guide was...More

Thank JodieSLindsay
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile
Awash with sealife

A super trip with dolphins, seals, birds - and even a penguin swimming stealthily through the sea, which was a first for me as I had only ever seen them waddling about on land. We had been in two minds about the Black Cat swimming...More

Thank Onlyplacesilike
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile
Awesome experience

Was definitely worth the drive from Christchurch. We got to see heaps of dolphins, a few penguins, seals and albatrosses!!! Such a cool trip

Thank Bec O
Reviewed 1 July 2018

WOW - what an experience - absolutely LOVED this 2 hour cruise. From the time I booked over the phone to rocking up to Akaroa the service was impeccable. The cruise was informative (thank you Katie) and Helen the boat driver was awesome. Katie had...More

Thank Airportguesthouse
Reviewed 20 April 2018

We did the 2hr Nature Cruise with Black Cat earlier today and from start to finish it couldn't be faulted. The crew (pilot Kate and her two helpers) were friendly and informative throughout. We saw many dolphins once we hit the open sea plus seals,...More

Thank Phil W
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30 April 2018|
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Response from travelnut | Reviewed this property |
We were on a late morning cruise and there was one before us, but that may depend on the time of year. Have you checked their web site?
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