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What do black cats and Hector’s Dolphin have in common?
Book with Black Cat Cruises to add a unique Hector’s Dolphin experience to your nature tour that you can’t get anywhere else in the world.
Nestled towards the end of Banks Peninsula is the small settlement of Akaroa, a charming little village with a French flare. Just an hour and a half from Christchurch, Akaroa offers enthusiastic adventurers the chance to explore some of New Zealand's rarest and most adorable aquatic denizens, Hector's Dolphin, surrounded completely by a volcanic mountain backdrop. When you take your nature holiday towards this wonderful place, book a Black Cat Cruise.
Akaroa Harbour cruising
Black Cat Cruises were the first tourism provider to operate out of Akaroa, which is the only place in the world where you can swim with New Zealand's rarest dolphin.
By taking a cruise around the harbour on the Black Cat, a catamaran around 20 metres in length, you will get to witness the spectacular cliff faces for yourself – one of which being over 100 metres tall, as well as get the opportunity to spot white-flippered blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, plenty of bird life and, of course, the Hector's Dolphin. Led by a friendly skipper, the cruise weaves itself through sparkling harbour waters teaching you about the history of Banks Peninsula, as well as highlighting some of its key natural wonders.
Swimming with dolphins
To get a dolphin experience you can't find anywhere else in the world, however, book a Black Cat Cruises dolphin encounter. Considered one of the top 10 best marine mammal experiences in the world by Lonely Planet, this experience lets you dive into the water with the world's smallest dolphin to come face to face with them. Though there can't be an absolute guarantee that dolphins will be around, Black Cat Cruises say they have spotted them on 98 per cent of their trips, with 81 per cent offering successful swims – so you the odds are well in your favour!