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Run by Black Cat Cruises, 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. The venue says: "We’ve invested in proper ramps to enable customers to get on and off the Black Cat with ease. Once on the Black Cat you will have access to a wide area of the bottom deck at the stern (rear) of the boat. The top deck is only accessible via a relatively steep set of steps. The bow area is not accessible because its quite a narrow walk up each side (too narrow for a wheelchair). You also have access to the main cabin of the vessel though this means you have to get over a 30cm lip from the back deck. In the back of the boat you will be able to see the harbour and the dolphins provided they circle the boat, which they normally do. It is however not the quietest part of the boat when she is travelling at speed because the engines are in the back. Unfortunately the toilets on board Black Cat are not wheelchair friendly."


  • Paid attraction
  • Nature
  • Recreation and leisure

Accessible features

  • Ramps
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non slip flooring
  • Spacious areas
  • Staff and volunteer support
  • Guided tours

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