Water activity

Akaroa Harbour 2-Hour Nature Cruise

4.7 / 5

97 reviews

Activity provider: Black Cat Cruises
Water activity

Akaroa Harbour 2-Hour Nature Cruise

Activity provider: Black Cat Cruises
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From US$ 58.93 per person

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Embark on a 2-hour award-winning nature cruise packed with spectacular highlights! Marvel at the rare Hector's Dolphin, native to New Zealand, as well as penguins, seals and birds as you cruise around an extinct volcanic crater.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Take in the majestic scenery of Akaroa Harbour on a 2-hour nature cruise
  • Discover an array of fascinating local wildlife including penguins and seals
  • Admire Hector's dolphins in the wild - one of the world's rarest and smallest dolphins found only in New Zealand
  • Learn about Akaroa's fascinating historic past via engaging commentary from your experienced and local skipper
Full description
Experience an award-winning nature cruise of Akaroa Habor. Discover wildlife like dolphins, seals, penguins, and other seabirds. Gaze upon giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past.  Travel on a modern catamaran, which is perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. There's lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating for shade and shelter. Inside, for your convenience you'll find a bar and washrooms. Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and the history of the harbour. As Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano millions of years ago, there are many spectacular ancient lava flows to be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and a fascinating history, while Nikau Palm Gully is the southernmost limit for these tropical palm trees. There is also the incredible Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheater that will take your breath away.
  • 2-hour nature cruise
  • Engaging commentary in English
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Main Wharf, Akaroa, New Zealand. Akaroa is located around 80 to 90-minutes drive from Christchurch city and Christchurch International airport. It is an easy drive in a car through New Zealand farmland and then over the stunning Banks Peninsula hills to Akaroa. Cruise ship passengers will disembark directly onto the main wharf in Akaroa.

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    Know before you go

    • The vessels are suitable for families and for young children as they are equipped with high rails. Children are to be supervised at all times both for their own safety and for the enjoyment of the other people on board
    • Passengers in wheelchairs are welcome aboard with able body companions. Proper ramps enable you to get on and off the catamaran with ease. Note that the toilets on board are not wheelchair friendly
    • Wear warm clothing as even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing
    • Bring your camera plus sunscreen and a hat, even if it’s cloudy
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 97 reviews

    Review summary

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    This was one of our favourite activities in New Zealand! Lovely cruise and we saw so much wildlife - little penguins, loads of seals and dolphins who swam right up to the boat! Our guide was fantastic and we got loads of great info, and the landscape is just beautiful - they take you to lots of great spots, including amazing sea caves.

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    March 25, 2023

    Everything was good, but as a disabled person, it was difficult to get on/off the boat. When I did get on, the only real option for me to sit was at the stern (outside) and I didn't see as much of the sea life as others. It was a bit chilly at times and it would've been very difficult to get inside. However, the other people in my group (7 of them) really enjoyed the trip and probably would've given you 5 stars.

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    March 25, 2023

    Super boat took us out around the harbour introducing us to a few of the Hector dolphins and many of the seabirds. Then we went out further to sea the caves and geological formations in the cliffs and see the fur seals with their young. Loads of good photo opportunities and a very friendly crew.

    March 25, 2023

    Product ID: 180029