Kicking the evening offOne amazing Harpist, Helen WebbyFirst gatherings and drinksStartings of the eveningSunshine and Champagne, cant complainAkaroa Skipper Julian and Black Cat Cruises Chairman Paul Bingham soaking up the sunPerfect weatherBlackcat member Libby socialising with othersThe boat was amazingly decorated for the eveningBlack Cat Cruises General Manager Pip with the Durelle and Vanetia Bingham the founding family of Black Cat Cruises

Lyttelton Summer Kick Starter - Christchurch Tourism Charter

Black Cat Cruises hosted a boat full of wonderful tourism industry insiders ahead of the busy summer season. We headed out on the evening of Tuesday November 21st for two hours aboard the Canterbury Cat on Lyttelton harbour. Guests were serenaded by the sounds of a harpist, sipped on bubbles and kiwi beer, feasted on local cuisine and relaxed at times with an on board masseuse...all while taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful peninsula as we cruised across the harbour. The Canterbury Cat is available for private hire all year round. Just contact our Lyttelton team for more information...

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Akaroa Mega Famil 2017

2 days, 20 local agents, 8 Akaroa Must Do's..... a big thank you to Akaroa French Connection Shuttle, Akaroa Village Inn, Pohatu Penguins, Akaroa Cooking School, Akaroa Jet...and of course the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise & Swimming WIth Dolphins crew at Black Cat Cruises!

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Quail Island Hero Meet-Up

New Zealand based Hero Workshops hosted a Hero Meet-Up on Quail Island in association with Fujifilm, The photo Warehouse and of course our team at Black Cat Cruises. 70+ photographers ventured over to Quail Island prior to it being open to the public in October to photograph from day to dusk! Vote for you favourite image to win! Black Cat Cruises will donate $1 for every vote (up to $500) to the Quail Island Conservation Trust. The winning photographer and a lucky voter will both receive two ferry tickets to Quail Island for this summer! * Competition cover image by Rob Dickinson from Hero Workshops

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BreathSo I Was ThinkingAkaroa sunsetSwimming Suited Up With Black Cat CruisesPod of Hector Dolphins

Seafari Akaroa

Akaroa harbour is a stunning destination full of wildlife all year round! 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 our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Swimming With Dolphins experience. Vote for your favourite image and for every vote we will donate $1 to the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust!* You will also go in the draw to win either an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise of Swimming With Dolphins experience!

*up to $1,000

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Facebook Official Content

Blackcat on Facebook Auto-moderation

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Thane leading the guests to his 'Push The Boat Out' partySam Hill John Toogood Simon TesterStacy Flahive getting a team anchor tattoo by Eliad Tyro from Expression Tattoo studioLuke and Jake Waghorn from Waghorn buildersJacqueline Williams, Matt Colombus, Sam Hill, Simon Tester, Stefanie Eder

The Rock FM's Push The Boat Out Party with Thane & Dunc

To celebrate Thane passing his 3 month probation with The Rock they decided to fly the team and their listeners down to Christchurch and join us on board the Canterbury Cat for an afternoon of fun and celebrations including food, drinks, a live band and even a tattoo artist!

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* Akaroa. After my first night in Christchurch i ventured out to Akaroa, a peninsula just south of Christchurch, nice a quaint and home to the hector...The best day swimming with Hector's dolphins. #blackcatcruises#akaroaニュージーランドにきて、いろんなところ旅行したよー! レンタカーで運転もした! #akaroaMore views from the Rhino Walk/Children's Way Track in Akaroa #akaroa #newzealandlife #rhinowalk

Latest from Akaroa

See the best content from around the web hand picked for you.

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PodWatchNanna Ngaere's SquadDolphin squadWhanau ArohaThree princesses


Win a private Swimming With Dolphins experience for you and your squad (up to 10 in total) with us in Akaroa! Simply snap a pic of you and your squad and upload it here. Entries close March 31st, 2017.

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The Bachelorthe startAkaroa main wharfSmiles all round for FleurOur harbour at sunrise

The Bachelor NZ swimming with dolphins

As The Bachelor NZ season almost comes to an end Jordan and Fleur fulfill a lifelong dream to swim with the hector's dolphins with us in Akaroa as they go on their fantasy date. Here are some snaps from the TV3 footage we thought we'd share!

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Latest from Diamond Harbour

We've searched the web for the best images and hand picked them to showcase beautiful Diamond Harbour.

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Latest from Lyttelton Harbour

Check out what's happening around the Lyttelton harbour basin in this great little gallery.

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Oh My Goodness!!!Went out on a sailboat today and spotted loads of hector dolphins! So nice. Also strolled around Akaroa and had a nice dinner! #bankspeninsula #akaroa...29.NOV.2019 I remember that this morning was such an amazing time for dolphin watching from the boat. They were just hovering right there - not even swimming...Day four in Christchurch, we explored Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. We saw Hector’s dolphins, fur seals, cormorants, and beautiful scenery. Great tour...Had an absolutely fin-tastic afternoon with akaroadolphins - amazing way to end the trip of a lifetime with vjwalshaw 🐬🇳🇿🏕 #newzealand #akaroa...

Latest Dolphin Swimming

Check out the best of Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa

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Blackcat.Well Yello ThereGreat scenery.Hello!Happy!!

Latest Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises

Wow, great photos from Akaroa

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30 Years of Black Cat Cruises

On October 26th 1985 Ron Bingham and his wife Durelle officially started Black Cat Cruises, Akaroa's first daily nature harbour cruise operator. 30 years later and Black Cat Cruises offer both the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise, Swimming With Dolphins and operates the Quail Island and Diamond Harbour ferry. Over this time the company has become the leading tourism provider on Banks Peninsula. Over it's 30 years it became re-cognised as New Zealand's first ever eco-tourism operator, has won numerous awards including the New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award, is the only Akaroa operator to have the Qualmark Enviro-Gold award and is now the first in Akaroa to be recognised by the Department of Conservation as a 'SMART' operator. The founders of our company had a passion for our peninsula and it's marine inhabitants. To this day a portion of all of our ticket sales goes towards the education and conservation of Hector's dolphins, the worlds rarest and smallest. We decided to throw a wonderful party with Black Cat's friends and family to celebrate success and look forward to a prosperous and sustainable future.

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Quail Island and The Breeze Summer BBQQuail Island and The Breeze Summer BBQQuail Island and The Breeze Summer BBQQuail Island and The Breeze Summer BBQQuail Island and The Breeze Summer BBQ

Quail Island and The Breeze Summer BBQ

We're celebrating 30 years of Black Cat with The Breeze and a summer BBQ on Quail Island. We've taken 80 guests over today for a summer starter that we hope they won't forget!

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Behind The Scenes

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the funny and serious part of running our business.

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A shot of the beautiful Akaroa!The light at the end of the tunnelsitting on the dock of the bay..Be Still and PeacefulHigh Five !

Win a Go Pro - Akaroa Summer photo comp 2016

WIN A GoPro: 1. Enter your photo to go into the draw 2. Share the photo with your friends to get more votes 3. Each vote counts as an entry so the more votes you have the better chance you have of winning! WIN $100 CASH: simply vote for your favourite photo

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SummersaultFamily fun exploring the ship wrecksFamily love at Quail IslandGetting to know the local wildlife!Summer awesome trip :)

Quail Island Summer 2016

Win a weekend in Akaroa for you and your family this summer. Simply upload your Quail Island photo to enter!

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The Drive To Work.View from the coastal walkway at Diamond Harbour... #Christchurch #diamondharbour #Canterbury #nz #meanwhileinnz #nzmustsee #adventureisoutthere...Stunning sunset cruiseDiamond Harbour LightsOn the ferry in the morning

Diamond Harbour 2015

Take a photo of your Diamond Harbour experience and win a $300 Macpac voucher. There's also a 2nd prize of a $100 Freemans Dining Room Voucher and 3 $50 spot prizes of $50 Metro, Macpac and Freemans vouchers up for grabs!

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MIla's first boat ride!Summer in Akaroa'Hello Hector'NZ Fur SealHectors Mother and Calf

Summer 2016 Win An iPad or iPad Mini

Simply upload a photo from your time in Akaroa this summer and you will be entered into the draw to win an iPad. Each vote counts as an entry so the more votes you get the more chance you have of winning! We are also offering the chance to win an iPad mini simply just for voting on your favorite picture.....

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French Fest 2015

Celebrating French Fest 2015

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ChrisJulian YatesSonyaSaeemalPip. General Manager Akaroa

Meet the Team

Come and meet the dedicated group of people who turn a boat ride into a world class experience.

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Ship cemetary #quailisland #explore #locally #island #timeisnow_travel #shipSunday antics #summer #newzealand #explore #locally #timeisnow_travel #quailisland #lytteltonharboutChilled Sunday afternoon on Quail Island ☀️ #quailisland #sunday #nzlife #summerPetite balade sur l'ile de quail island, le bleu de l'océan est vraiment magnifique. #newzealand #nouvellezelande #newzealandtrip #beautiful #nature #hiking...Evening sunshine across Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour, with Quail Island in the middle. . . #lyttelton #bankspeninsula #sunsetlight #quailisland...

Latest from Quail Island

Todays photos of beautiful Quail Island

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Residents muck in to save jetties'Ornament' of Akaroa reopensAir NZ's biofuel ambitions1st ever Akaroa Ocean InstaMeet 2016 #AkaroaNZ #instameet #christchurchnz #pocketsofawesome #blackcatcruises #barekiwi'The Black Cat in all its glory' thanks kell_acker for your 📷 ✨ We can't wait to host the #AkaroaNZ InstaMeet with christchurchnz tomorrow evening....lots of...

News From The Region

Here is some of our handpicked new items appearing in local media.

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One of the Orca's has a very distinctive dorsal fin.It will make him very easy to spot. It is always a thrill to see these guys....Akaroa is covered in fog this morning, stunning view from the hill top!UntitledGreat excitement on our harbour nature cruise today when we sighted the first Humpback for the season! 😄Enter our Akaroa photo contest to win an iPad....or simply vote for your favourite photo and you could win an iPad mini!...

News and Views from our Facebook pages

Here is the latest from the Black Cat Cruises social channels

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Community and the Environment

Here's a few of our latest projects and initiatives aimed at giving back to our community and conservation.

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Sand waves at okainsbay bankspeninsulaChilly Start.Beautiful sun set.Stunning day.Little & Large

2014 Akaroa Photo Album

Have a look at the best photos from todays cruises

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the other boatAkaroa Fur Seal taking a nap.Beautiful Diamond Princess in Akaroa HarborHector's DolphinsNew Zealand Fur Seal

Akaroa - The Summer Of Fun.

Have a look at some fun customer shots from Akaroa. Congratulations to Sharne on winning the Dolphin Swim and to all of our $50 voucher winners; Matt, Diane, Andy, James, Amanda, Janine, Lorenzo, Genevieve, Craig and Susan!

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"who's idea was this?? "Mummy I hope thats not the boat we go back on?Enjoying the sun and view.RibraftExploring the Wrecks

Quail Island Summer 2014 photo competition

Check out this summers best photos from visitors to quail island. Congratulations Trisha on winning this competition. Have a fantastic time in Akaroa!

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bankspeninsula coast canterbury christchurch...pacificocean dolphins akaroaharbordinner at akaroa fish chips cider beachreason why I love newzealand akaroa canterbury

Inside Akaroa Photo Competition 2013

Congratulations to our winners of the Inside Akaroa photo competition...have a look at these great photos from Instagram

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Best of the Best - Photo competitions

We've picked the best 40 entries from our last 4 photo contests. See if you agree with the winners as picked by our website visitors.

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Check out our past Photo Contests

Here is a collection of our recent photo contests and winners.

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Time to go homeWhere else to spend Christmas Eve but Quail Island JUMP!Quail Island WharfQuail Island Jetty

Quail Island photo competition

Have a look at these photos from our summer 2013 Quail Island competition.

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Dolphin Touched by SunlightSwarming SeagullsPlayful dolphinsThe Hector Dolphin Loving LifeHector Dolphins playing beside the boat

Cruising Akaroa Spring 2013

Take a look at these great photos of Akaroa cruise experiences uploaded by customers during Spring 2013!

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Post delivery Easter weekend lovenz lyttelton flatties...Winter WonderlandGovernors bay hotel with @samatinstagram...Perfect Harbour Morning

Diamond Harbour Photo Competition

Have a look at these great photos showing customers' experience of beautiful Diamond Harbour. For more information

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Hector's Dolphins AkaroaOrcas in AkaroaDaly's WharfDolphin DreamsFur Seal watching the fun

Akaroa Photo Competition - Summer 2013

Check out all the great entries from our Akaroa Summer 2013 photo competition.

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Park With a ViewLonely sail boat. Diamond Harbour NZEvening rowSunrise over Lyttelton PortBirds from Underneath

Diamond Harbour Photo Competition 2014

Take a photo of your Diamond Harbour experience and win a $300 Macpac voucher. There's also a 2nd prize of a $100 Freemans Dining Room Voucher and 3 $50 spot prizes of $50 Metro, Macpac and Freemans vouchers up for grabs! See conditions at

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Day three at AkaroaHarry 8 years old captured this beauty on quail IslandSpot the finSpot the finQuail Island ShipReck

Akaroa Customer Photos Autumn 2014

Check out some of the great photos from our customers.

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Easter School Holiday Offer In AkaroaNew Zealand Bucket ListWhat is Biomimicry? Human Nature & Mother Nature. Part 1 Of 4$50 Seaweek Special Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise This Weekend....60 sec with Capitano Juliano

Black Cat Blogs

We reveal top tips, news and views from around the Peninsula.

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Hector's DolphinFoggy Morning, Akaroa Harbour.Akaroa Sunset - Dalys wharfWindy day in Akaroa.Hector's dolphin mother and baby.

Akaroa Photo Competition 2012

Check out these great images from our 2012 photo competition.

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