Akaroa harbour was formed in the belly of an extinct volcanic crater and is home to the endangered hector's dolphin. Only found in New Zealand they are the world's rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. It is also home to multi-award winning kiwi tourism operator Black Cat Cruises who were the pioneers of eco-tourism in New Zealand. Founded by a local family in the picturesque french village of Akaroa. They offer Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises and Swimming with Dolphins, both tours come with a dolphin guarantee. Black Cat’s home territory on Bank’s Peninsula is just a short drive from the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch. It is known to be one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of the South Island, and home to an inspiring collection of marine wildlife and birdlife, including several endangered species.