Not much to see at Christchurch. At least, we got the good weather to enjoy the jet boat ride, it was fun.
We (the group of 6) were very unhappy with our tour guide. First of all, he bought us the wrong tickets to International Antarctic Centre and left. Then we found out that we couldn't ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle because we were given the cheapest entrance bracelets. We had to waste 40 minutes resolving this issue with the Antarctic Centre's personnel. The guide didn't even apologize for his mistake. Secondly, he didn't take us to visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens because "he didn't have time". We told him numerous times that it was supposed to be included in the tour, and we were waiting for this but he refused to take us there. Instead he took us to the downtown of Christchurch and wasn't SHOWING us the sights of the town, he was just telling us "it was lovely before the earthquake". We didn't gain anything from him as a tour guide; it was the worst tour we had in our trips!
We were picked up from our cruise ship on time. Tour of Christchurch was just a quick overview only had 40 min stop in gardens for a walk around. Jet boat ride was amazing we all but had the river to ourselves. I would recommend trip to anyone.
Beautiful scenery. and the Antarctic exhibit was very interesting.
an excellent tour. Our driver was very friendly and informative.
The boat trip was great and our driver was very experienced however I am not sure it was worth the 2 hour plus trip each way from Akoroa. Until Christchurch is rebuilt there is really no reason to go there all you see are damaged buildings that haven't even been torn down ever after three years.
Great tour guide -- loved the Antarctic experience.
The guides were very friendly, pleasant, good-humoured and knowledgeable. We enjoyed all of the tours.
We would have liked more time at the Antarctic Center and the museum. We understand the ships schedule precluded longer stays at these places.
The drive around the Banks Peninsula was beautiful. Would be nice to have more time at the gardens. Enjoyed the jet boat. Jet boat driver was great at maneuvers.
We loved the sheep farm tour. The owner was very informative and interesting to watch the dog work the sheep heard. Lunch was provided at the farm and great conversation with the owner. Not enough time at Christchurch since we had to leave the group to go to the farm. Would have liked more time there.
We saw from earlier reviews that there is little time in Christchurch for looking at the Museum or getting out and taking pictures which is the reason it did not get a better rating. We don't get picked up until two hour after our ship docks so they could start an hour earlier and provide more time at Christchurch but this tour chooses not to. The jet boat tour was a lot of fun and was memorable. The place we stopped to eat was adequate. This tour could be so much better with more time in Christchurch and at the Museum.
Antartic trip was great, but we only had 1 hour at the center. We were driven around Christchurch to see some sights but most of this was the devistation from the earthquake,
We had 2 children with our party of 8 and they were really looking forward to see the Antartic centre, but with on 1 hour they were really disappointed that we had such a short time there. i must say though that the drivers were very informative, I think it would be much better if we were taken to the Antartic centre first
and given 2 hours there, then the drivers could show us the wreckage of Christchurch on the way back to the ship, We changed buses during the trip and they both showed us the earthquake damage, 1 would have been plenty.
We weren't aware that there was a 3 hour drive to and from Akaroa Port. Our bus broke down and we didn't have time to experience the Antartic Experience. We feel too much was crammed into the Tour.
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