Black Cat Cruises is proud to be a global leader in responsible marine mammal viewing, providing award-winning eco-tourism adventures that have received both national and international acclaim. Recognised as New Zealand's pioneering eco-tourism operator, Black Cat Cruises was founded in1985 by Ron and Durelle Bingham, who were motivated by their deep appreciation for the harbour and its marine life. Black Cat Cruises takes pride in its highly skilled team, ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all passengers and delivering an exceptional visitor experience. AKAROA HARBOUR NATURE CRUISE Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, this award winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin; the Hector’s Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you’ll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past. SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS Voted the number 1 bucket list experience in New Zealand, it’s the ultimate dolphin experience as you will be swimming in the wild with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. We don’t track, touch, or feed the dolphins. This is an interaction on their terms, completely wild and free.