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

2019 Quail Island Easter Egg Hunt

Quail Island Easter Egg Hunt

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted on beautiful Quail Island is back once again! Take the family or gather up some friends this Easter for a fun-filled day on Quail Island. Search the island for coloured tokens and exchange for scrumptious Easter eggs*.  On your journey discover along the way old shipwrecks, cheeky native birds, […]

Akaroa Valentine – The perfect Valentines Day date….

akaroa vineyard

Wondering what to do for Valentines day? With Valentines Day being this Thursday we got to thinking what could be a truly romantic date in Akaroa that was sure to impress…. Read on below and check out all of the links to some of Akaroa’s best spots! PRESENTS Firstly let’s talk presents! 🙂 Why not […]

Banks Peninsula Beaches – Our pick of beautiful beaches in and around the Peninsula

With the weather hotting up for the next week ahead we thought we’d share with you our pick of beautiful Banks Peninsula beaches. We think of Banks Peninsula as one of New Zealand’s natural treasures. With it’s abundance of bays and beaches we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to […]

Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Quail Island

plunket picnic quail island

Quail Island Fun Bring your very best teds and join us at the inaugural Plunket Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Quail Island! We are proud to support Plunket and the amazing work and services they provide for mum’s, babies and families in New Zealand. When? Black Cat Cruises have donated a special charter departing from Lyttelton […]

Akaroa – 10 Free Things To Do!

akaroa beach

That’s right, a whole list of free awesome things to do in Akaroa! This summer there’s a whole heap of fun to be had on the peninsula. From family fun, scenic escapes or a road trip with your mates, Akaroa can cater to you all. Of course when you visit we recommend an Akaroa Harbour […]

Mena The Penguin Dog

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Penguins in Christchurch? Yep, we have penguins in Christchurch peeps. Whilst you are probably aware that we have an abundance of wildlife around Banks Peninsula…did you know White-Flippered Little Blue penguins inhabit Otamahua / Quail Island…. A sub-species of the Little Blue penguin, the White-Flippered Little Blues are only found around Canterbury. How special is that! […]

TIAKI PROMISE

TIAKI PROMISE

 Have you heard of the Tiaki promise? Well the Tiaki promise is a shared kaupapa (set of values, principles and plans which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions) founded by New Zealand’s leading Tourism bodies and experts. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment that both New Zealanders and visitors alike should follow. Most […]

THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DOLPHIN

New Zealand’s own dolphin By any measure Hector’s dolphins are a very special animal. Not only are they the smallest dolphin in the world, they are also the only one native to New Zealand. They’re as kiwi as the kiwi. If that is not enough, just like New Zealanders, they are very friendly, often investigating […]

AKAROA SEAFARI RAISES $1,000 FOR THE NEW ZEALAND WHALE & DOLPHIN TRUST

akaroa seafari

What’s An Akaroa Seafari? Black Cat Cruises challenged awesome New Zealand based photographers to come out with us mid-winter to get the most epic Winter Seafari shot from both our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Swimming With Dolphins experience. Both tours operate all year round and whilst the weather gets colder in the winter the […]

NOT ONE BUT THREE – ENDANGERED HECTOR’S DOLPHIN CALVES SPOTTED IN AKAROA HARBOUR, BANKS PENINSULA

Passengers aboard two of our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises yesterday (Thursday November 30th) were delighted to spot three Hector’s Dolphin calves. Black Cat Cruises crew and guests spotted two mothers with their baby calves just past Onuku Bay in Banks Peninsula’s Akaroa Harbour during the afternoon, after seeing a solo Hector’s Dolphin with its calf […]