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New boats launch well received


New boats launch well received

The warmth of the spring sun reflected the feelings of close to 100 people as they witnessed new boats being launched in Akaroa for the first time in over 10 years on Friday 17 October.   

Black Cat Cruises commissioned the two purpose built boats worth $365,000 that were officially launched by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker in front of an enthusiastic crowd of tourism industry, council representatives and Banks Peninsula locals.

“Dolphin swimming and wildlife cruises bring thousands of visitors into our region every year,”

Black Cat Cruises Managing Director Paul Bingham said.

“It is vital we can provide a world class experience that matches, and hopefully exceeds expectations. The new boats will mean we are even better placed to do that.”

The two boats – named Black Pearl and Black Knight - are purpose built; include several features that are a first for Osprey, the manufacturer of the dolphin swimming boats.

“Black Cat Cruises has a fantastic record of success,” Mayor Parker said. “From humble beginnings with canoes they are now a tourism leader that contributes so much to Akaroa and the Peninsulas’ economy.”

Bingham said guests at the launch were impressed by how quiet the new boats were.”

Black Cat Cruises has been operating for 22 years and is a former winner of the Supreme tourism award and is the largest tourism operator on Banks Peninsula.

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