Travel to the enchanting French village of Akaroa, the gateway to our multi-award-winning daily excursions. Encounter the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, Hector’s dolphins, along with New Zealand fur seals, coastal birds, and more as you cruise through the majestic landscape of an extinct volcanic crater.
Dolphin Guarantee: if you don’t see any Hector’s dolphins you can cruise again for free.
Capture memories, and ignite your adventurous spirit aboard Akaroa’s largest, most spacious, and stable catamaran. Sip complimentary tea and coffee as you take in the breathtaking views.
Allow 2 hours for your Akaroa Nature Cruise.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
$109 – Adult 16 years & over
$49 – Child 5-15 years(Under 5’s cruise for free)
10.45am and 1.30pm daily
We also offer Gold Card and family passes. You can click Book and choose a day to see the full list of prices.
Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award winning Akaroa cruise is packed with highlights
Ranked as New Zealand’s #1 wildlife activity, embark on our award-winning cruise brimming with highlights. Witness the rare, NZ native dolphin exhibiting their playful demeanour, often swimming alongside our vessel and delighting with acrobatic jumps. Be awed by the majestic volcanic sea cliffs and immerse yourself in Akaroa’s captivating history. Cruises set sail daily, depending on weather conditions.
Also on the trip you will catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. There are many different bird species in the harbour, including five different cormorant (shag) species and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. You’ll also see New Zealand Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near Seal Bay. If you’re fortunate, you might even spot Orcas or Humpback whales that visit the Harbour on their migration paths.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
Board the Black Cat, a 60-foot/20-metre modern catamaran. As the largest and most luxurious vessel in Akaroa Harbour, it offers unobstructed views from its two spacious decks, along with ample shaded seating. Inside, you’ll find a bar and restroom facilities. Celebrated for its stability and safety, the Black Cat ensures a comfortable voyage. Delve into Akaroa’s wonders with our award-winning team, as each cruise comes complete with engaging narration from a knowledgeable skipper well-versed in the harbour’s wildlife, nature, and history.
On each two-hour journey, we’ll introduce you to the rich tapestry of Akaroa’s wildlife, sea caves, and majestic volcanic cliffs. This harbour, once a roaring volcano millions of years ago, boasts breathtaking remnants of ancient lava flows. Witness the awe-inspiring 500-foot cliff with a captivating history, and marvel at the Nikau Palm Gully, which sports one of the few remaining remnants of the original Banks Peninsula forest. Not to be missed is the Scenery Nook, a vibrant amphitheatre of pink, purple, and red volcanic formations that promises to be a feast for your eyes.
HOW TO FIND US
We operate from the main wharf in Akaroa, only 80 minutes (82 km) drive from Christchurch on State Highway 75. Once in Akaroa
follow the main road until you see a wharf on the waterfront with a large blue building half way down. This is where you check in.
HOW TO GET TO AKAROA
Akaroa is located around an 80 to 90-minute 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. Use Google Maps for detailed directions on how to get from Christchurch to Akaroa.
Once in Akaroa continue along Rue Lavaud, which turns into Beach Rd. Look for the long wharf in the centre of the town. You’ll see our large blue building on the wharf with a dolphin mural painted on the roof. Print this map out to help you navigate. You can also find us at 61 Beach Road.
Cruise ship passengers will disembark directly onto the main wharf in Akaroa. This is where our main booking office and gift shop are located. Please allow enough time for your tender boat to reach the wharf in time for your activity check-in.