An awesome day out swimming with the dolphins in Akaroa with Black Cat Cruises is captured.
During February in a joint venture with Steve, from Vangionis restaurant we ran our very first Gourmet Road Trip. It ran over four amazing days where we headed out and about the Banks Peninsula to meet our suppliers, harvested local seafood, had outdoor cooking demonstrations, long lunches and loads of great local wine. Enjoy days of foraging, harvesting, cooking, eating, drinking and sharing.
It really is true!. The Black Cat Dry suits really do keep you warm and dry. Hollie goes swimming with the dolphins in winter to try it out. The dry suits are used by Black Cat Cruises for the dolphin swimming in the winter months when the water is chilly and they are fantastic for keeping you warm and dry.
Highlights of Akaroa Guided Kayaking Adventure. Adventurers get set... it's time to reach for the stars, slap on your life jacket, throw on some sunscreen and rekindle that pioneering spirit. We have a wicked summer deal to get you out on the water and up close with Nature & Wildlife - it's time to go sea kayaking in Akaroa & get that adventure you have been waiting for!
Enjoy 13 km Downhill Adventure from the Volcano Summit to Akaroa with beautiful views of the Banks Peninsula. Bike on Volcano rim at your leisure, have a picnic at a scenic reserve and Downhill into Akaroa and tour around our historic village.
Spot Hector's Dolphins up close and personal, watch lots of birdlife, paddle through the latest Marine Reserve, explore sea caves, enjoy a picnic on a secluded beach. Range of kayaks beginner to advanced and family friendly options. Find out more: HERE.
Pohatu Marine Reserve scenic nature tours will enable you to experience a wide range of endemic wildlife amongst dreamlike landscapes. Penguin Tours, Sea Kayaking Safaris, Nature Safaris and Packages. The best penguin viewing months for the penguins are September, October, November and early December. The penguins are around till about mid Feb when after the moult they take off till April and from then on move into pre breeding visits till September.
Operating between September through to the end of May. Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels. All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your pleasure. A separate price is available for dolphin watching only. Year round, face-to-face encounters with Hector's dolphins - the world's rarest. Everything is provided: wetsuits, snorkels, hot showers, hot chocolate, free gift pack. Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award 2003/4.
Waitangi Day commemorations at Okains Bay, 20 minutes from Akaroa, helps build community spirit and endorse national unity.212
The Purple Peak Curry Reserve was officially opened in February 2016. The 190 hectare reserve high above Akaroa at the top of Grehan Valley includes part of the Akaroa water catchment and borders Hinewai Reserve managed by Hugh Wilson and staff. The track contains a wonderful mix of biodiversity including native bush, gorse and exotic grasses. Amoung the 133 native plant species are the four common podocarp trees – lowland tōtara, thin-bark tōtara, mataī and kahikatea – as well as the “chronically threatened” raukawa. There are also 18 native hardwood tree species as well as red beech, tree ferns and cabbage trees. Formore information on the walking track go to: http://www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz/akaroa-walks/ yellow number 4.