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Akaroa Wharf & Black Cat Cruises

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Akaroa Wharf & Black Cat Cruises - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

A panorama taken from the quayside at Akaroa Wharf on the Banks Peninsula. The panorama shows a view over Akaroa Harbour and bay at low tide, as well as looking back towards the town and restaurants on the promenade. One of the pleasure cruises has just arrived back at the quay.

Akaroa Wharf & Black Cat Cruises - FURTHER INFORMATION

Akaroa Wharf & Black Cat Cruises - Banks Peninsula visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Akaroa Wharf & Black Cat Cruises' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Canterbury.

The quay in Akaroa is the departure point for many pleasure cruises trips ferries around Akaroa Harbour, providing passengers a unique insight into the marine life and ecology of the Banks Peninsula and stunning views of the surrounding coastline. Once back on shore, stroll along the promenade or relax in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants before retiring to your hotel or heading back to Christchurch.

Black Cat Ferries offer two spectacular cruise trips around Akaroa Harbour.

  • Black Cat Swimming with Dolphins Cruise:
    • 2 hour cruise with up to one hour swimming with the dolphins. Be one of only 10 passengers per trip. Trips book up rapidly in advance, especially in high season, and your contact with the dolphins is shared with just a few people.
    • Up to 8 trips a day with a highly trained and friendly crew helping you get the most out of your dolphin experience.
    • Wet suits, goggles and snorkels provided. Pre trip briefing and hot shower afterwards.
    • Changing facilities right by the boat on Akaroa main wharf. Step directly into modern, heated, jet powered catamaran for an unforgettable trip.
    • The Black Cats 'Swimming with Dolphins' experience has won numerous tourism awards and also contributes to conservation and research.

  • Black Cat Akaroa Harbour Cruise:
    • A 2 hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour in the modern, partially covered Black Cat catamaran with a bar and facilities. Trained skipper who will point out the sights on the way round.
    • Chances to see the smallest dolphin in the world, the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin, and possibly catch a glimpse of the White Flippered Blue Penguin as well as other types of wildlife and possible sightings of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin and fur seals.
    • See ancient lava flows from this extinct volcano, formed some 9 million years ago. The cruise visits Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheatre that will take your breath away, shear cliffs and the Nikau Palm Gully.


Akaroa is about 80km from Christchurch. The H75 runs from Christchurch along the Banks Peninsula to Akaroa. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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