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.