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Experience swimming with the world's rarest dolphin on wildlife experiences in Akaroa, courtesy of Black Cat Cruises.

Founded in 1999, Black Cat Cruises is an award-winning, internationally recognised tour operator in Akaroa, New Zealand. Recognised as New Zealand’s first Eco-tourism operator, their team represent the highest standards in sustainable tourism - organising wildlife experiences near Christchurch and offering guests a chance to swim with the Hector's Dolphin.

Their nature cruises depart from Akaroa - which is only a 90-minute scenic drive from Christchurch. The Diamond Harbour and Quail Island ferry depart from Lyttelton in Christchurch.

From humble beginnings, Black Cat has grown into one of the largest eco-friendly tour operators on New Zealand's South Island. Black Cat is based on Bank’s Peninsula, one of the most spectacularly beautiful shorelines, and home to an inspiring collection of marine wildlife and birdlife, including several endangered species.

Exploring the peninsula from Akaroa Harbour to Quail Island and beyond, their team of marine ecologists, nature guides and skippers offer guests a chance to experience wildlife in a natural setting, ensuring each tour operates to the very highest ethical and moral standards.

Qualmark endorsed and Tripadvisor rated, Black Cat Cruises is also awarded by the Department of Conservation for its safe and sustainable practices not just with the environment but with the wildlife they work around - ensuring species like the Hector's Dolphin thrive along the shoreline.

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Average rating on Black Cat Cruises

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