Did you know that New Zealand is the exclusive home to the Hector’s Dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest marine mammals?

That’s right. These unique creatures in Akaroa are endemic, meaning they’re found only in the waters surrounding our beautiful islands.

And it doesn’t stop there. New Zealand boasts the most diverse coastal birdlife of any nation globally. From an intimate swim alongside Hector’s dolphins to spotting native penguins, fur seals, occasional whales, and an array of striking seabirds, our marine wildlife offers unparalleled wonder.

Explore our pages for insights into this captivating marine kingdom. Dive deep into the world of the Hector’s dolphin, and soar with the seabirds frequently gracing the skies of Banks Peninsula harbours.

Our Commitment to Conservation: We staunchly uphold the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 and the Marine Mammal Protection Regulations 1992. These laws ensure our marine treasures are safeguarded and conserved for future generations. Rest assured, our encounters with marine life strictly adhere to these regulations. Our tours, grounded in conservation, aim to educate and raise awareness about these incredible beings.

About us

The award-winning Black Cat Cruises is not only an acclaimed success in New Zealand’s tourism industry but also internationally recognized as an eco-tourism pioneer. We hold the honour of being the first to introduce cruises in Akaroa, and we're proud to be acknowledged as New Zealand’s very first eco-tourism operator.

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Our Nature Cruises and Dolphin Swimming experience depart from Akaroa which is only a 90 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. The Diamond Harbour, Quail Island and Ripapa ferry depart from Lyttelton in Christchurch.

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