this tour was wonderful. the antarcic center is not to be missed.
Was everything promised, and really enjoyed the history given by our bus driver as well, book the tour you won't be disappointed.
Murray T New Zealand
Such a pretty scenic drive into Christchurch from Akaroa and Hank our driver returned another way and it to had views to die for .Excellent trip and felt very sad for christchurch when we saw what 22seconds of quake could do. Great day
There is a 1 1/2 hr. drive from the Akaroa dock into Christchurch, but you get to see alot of the beautiful country side. When you are in Christchurch you truly do see what the people are doing to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
Very enjoyable, good local knowledge from coach driver. Tour of Christchurch "red zone" was thought provoking. Antarctic visit interesting and fun.
Unfortunately we got a late 1/2 hr start due to some folks being tardy for the tender. The tour operator opted to wait for 4 people and hold up 16 others. This put the driver in a squeeze to get everything on the itinerary completed and get back to the ship before the last tender. Antarctic Center was well worth the ride and to see the remnants of the damage to Christchurch was interesting.
The driver made an extra effort to listen to our desires. The city tour was interesting with all the earthquake damage still visible, and the guide had the information and statistics about it for us. The Antarctic Center was great fun! I'd do it again!
John-Edward A United States of ...
We are glad we were able to make this excurion but it is too bad that it takes so long to get to and from Christchurch. We were glad tho that we did get to see the City and the International Antarctic visit was interesting and enjoyable as well.
We would have liked more time at the Antarctic Center and the museum. We understand the ships schedule precluded longer stays at these places.
A good tour in a very comfortable little coach and bigger coach. It would have been nice to have been taken to a picturesque part of the river and seen a punt in action instead of being told where to go but only having enough time to find the toilet. Good commentary on drive from Akaroa but continuous. Passengers need a break from listening all of the time.
Our guide spent too much time showing us damaged buildings from the earthquake and vacant blocks of land where buildings used to be. We also stopped for 30minutes to view the Botanical gardens and Museum in Christchurch, that time would be better spent at the Antarctic Centre where time was limited and we did not get to see everything and only had 5 minutes to get something to eat. Tour guides need to concentrate more on the Antarctic Centre.
Tour didn't start till 10.30am. There were too many things packed into this tour and not enough time. Also didn't help the fact that some people were late in arriving at the start and the bus waited for them. Not enough time to do anything - too much time spent driving through the ruins of Christchurch and not enough time at the Antarctic Centre only 1.5 hrs. Advice would be to start the tour earlier say 9.30am, skip the stop at the museum 20 mins wasn't enough time and have more time at the Antartic Centre.
First, International Antarctic was wonderful. I've been there and it was most realistic. Enjoyed the simulated storm. Ride in land transportation fun. Well planned, well executed, accurate, realistic. Drive to Christchurch long, but necessary since ship harbored in Akaroa. Bus tour of Christchurch much too long. Once you've seen structurally failed buildings, either obvious or not, it's not necessary to see it for 1 1/2 hours. Would have preferred more of the Antarctic exhibit and more narrative on way to Christchurch. Ask driver not to tell the tour how pressed for time we are and how much we'll miss. Just adds to anxiety, not to tour enjoyment.
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.
The bus ride from Akaroa was beautiful and the earthquake destruction was interesting but the tour was too short. Maybe 3 hours travel. It did not leave the dock until 10:30 and returned about 4:30. A visit to the botanical garden was about 15 minute to use the facilities and look at the garden. Nice museum there that was completely missed. Impossible. The Antarctic center was very good and fun. Guide was good but the tour needs to lengthen about an hour. Why the 10:30 departure when our ship was in at 8? Find another tour operator with a little longer schedule.
There was someone right outside the port with a Canterbury Leisure Tours sign, so was easy to know what to do, But we could not understand the tour driver from Akaroa to Christchurch and returning to Akaroa. Don't know if it was the bus sound system or how he used it. We could hear the driver from CC to the Antarctic center fine. The tour was fine, but would have been nice to hear the naration with the scenery going and coming.
A little disappointing. Christchurch 2011 earthquake devastation was incredible but spent too much time driving around looking at it. The International Antarctic Center was a little too commercial. Penguins were cute.