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Akaroa Cruise Port

Akaroa Cruise Port

Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement not far from Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. Set on a long harbor and surrounded by volcanic hills, Akaroa’s French influence is still evident today. With a permanent population of just a few hundred, this popular resort village can swell to over 15,000 residents in the summer months.

How to Get to Akaroa

Your ship will dock in the harbor and you will be shuttled to the Main Wharf by tender boats.  From the Main Wharf, it is a short walk into town. A limited number of taxis may also be available if you prefer not to walk.

One Day in Akaroa

Start your morning with a walk around Akaroa, soaking in the ambience of this small village, perusing its arts and crafts boutiques and appreciating the colonial architecture. To learn a little more about the town’s past, stop at the Akaroa Museum and then check out the fine collection of Maori artifacts at the Okains Bay Museum.

If you’re like many visitors, you will likely spend the rest of your day on or near the water.  You can visit Flea Bay to see the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand or join a harbor cruise to catch a glimpse of the rare Hector’s dolphins and other wildlife. Sea kayaking, sailing, fishing and bicycling around the harbor are all great ways to spend your afternoon. To see more of the area on foot, follow one of the many walking tracks around Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula.

Alternatively, if your cruise doesn’t include a stop at Christchurch, you might consider booking a tour or renting a car for a day trip to that city just 85 kilometers away.

Save time for a little shopping before heading back to your ship. Akaroa is a great place to buy paua pearls, handcrafted jewelry and other crafts.

Port Information

The official language is English, although you may also hear Maori spoken. The local currency is the New Zealand dollar. While some tourist shops may accept US dollars or Euros, taxi drivers likely will only accept local currency. ATMs are readily available in town.

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

While your ship is in port in Akaroa Harbour, take a shore excursion to tour the scenic Banks Peninsula and visit the city of Christchurch. You’ll see how ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.66

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 17 Reviews

Experience the grand architecture and beautiful gardens of Christchurch when your ship is in port in Akaroa. Your shore excursion from Akaroa port also ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.57

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, then enjoy one of the adrenaline-charged adventures New Zealand is famous for on a wild ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.97

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

After your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a nature cruise across the harbor to spot dolphins and admire New Zealand’s stunning scenery. Look out for New ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.24

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Sheep Farm Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Take a guided Christchurch city tour when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, and visit a traditional sheep farm to experience life in rural New Zealand. After ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.97

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a shore excursion to swim with the world’s smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins -- Hector’s dolphins. Akaroa’s ...  Read more

Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.87

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is in Akaroa port, and explore the city on a comprehensive tour. Your Akaroa shore excursion also includes a trip ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.18

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