Welcome to Banks Peninsula, home of The Hector’s dolphins and eco-tourism pioneers Black Cat Cruises

Black Cat Cruises are finalists in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2016

It is with immense pleasure that we are able to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2016.

TIA Awards Email Signature Finalist


As we come to the end of a record season for Black Cat, and one that happened to celebrate our 30 years in business we are all feeling so grateful for everything we have managed to achieve whilst delivering our world class Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise, Swimming With Dolphins experience and the Quail Island and Diamond Harbour Ferry.

From epic TVNZ wildlife coverage, Quail Island Tree Planting, Akaroa community littler pick ups to the first Akaroa Instameet, to French Can Can dancers on the wharf, to a Big Band birthday bash, to the finals of The Bachelor (uh-hum let’s breeze over what happened next), to Akaroa’s first Seaweek Blue Cruise, a $1million dollar investment in the renovation and expansion on the wharf and a secret little project we’ve been working on all this time that will soon be released, amongst many other things…..we’ve had a blooming fantastic time doing it all!!!!

We are one of just three finalists entered into one of the Business Excellence Award categories and as much as we’d love to pick up the award itself we’re already over the moon and feeling like winners! Thank you TIA for the recognition and selecting us as a finalist.

We’ve already thanked our wonderful team that have worked together to deliver our best year yet, and now we would like to say a big thank you to YOU!  By visiting us, following us, sharing our stories and generally just being awesome you are the ones that let us do what we love doing.

We wish all the best to all entrants and we look forward to celebrating with our team and industry peers at the awards ceremony at The Langham in Auckland on September 29th!

To see who else is in our category and to find out more click here