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Feb152013

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

Christchurch, New Zealand

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1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

We took the tour while on a cruise in February. Due to the earthquake distruction of the Port facilities in Christchurch, we landed in Akaroa and it is 1:45 hour bus ride to Christchruch. Pretty at first but very long! We met the bus at the beautiful natural history museum in town and had not 1 minute to tour that great facility. Instead we were rushed t o the bus and spent more than an hour driving around the city center looking a vacant lots where buildings were before the quake, buildings still standing buat awaiting demolition, street repairs and buildings that we aabout to fall down. There wan not one stop to exit the bus and take pictures. We would rather have watched a movie! Then to the International Antarctic Museum. For everything there is to see and learn about the Antarctic, this museum misses a wonderful oppurtunity. The circulation patern is in one way and then turn around and backtrack your way out the same way. There is a cold room where you suit up and they lower the temp and turn on the fans for you to experience windchill. I grew up in Idaho where we had real windchill so it wasn't a thrilling experience for me. The movie that is probably pretty good did not run at a time that coincided with our presence there. In the gift shop I looked for the classic Antarctic book, "Endurance" by Livingston and they didn't have it. We did get a ride in one of the snowcats and that was an experience. However, as a whole, we thought the tour was an overpriced waste of time. BTW, this is the first review I have ever made. I don't like to be negative, but in this case I could not resist.

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