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

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

Travel from Akaroa Harbour on a 6.5-hour shore excursion through the Banks Peninsula to Christchurch, whose city center was devastated by the 2011 earthquake. Drive past city landmarks in the old CBD and stroll the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with a knowledgeable guide. En route, you’ll take in the scenic splendor of the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Region, including Little River, Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere. 


  • Banks Peninsula and Christchurch shore excursion from Akaroa Harbour
  • Admire the breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Lake Ellesmere and the Southern Alps
  • Take a walk through Christchurch Botanical Gardens
  • See the devastating effects of Christchurch's 2011 earthquake and the old CBD
  • Visit the coastal towns of Sumner and Lyttleton
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Botanical Gardens

When your ship pulls into Akaroa Harbour, you’re picked up at the port for your shore excursion. Get settled comfortably aboard the coach for the approx. 1.5-hour drive to Christchurch, traveling a scenic route along the Akaroa Highway through the Banks Peninsula. On the journey through the Canterbury Plains — a farmland region east of the Southern Alps — hear narration about the highlights you pass, including Little River, Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere.

On arrival at your destination, hop off the coach at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for a stroll with your guide, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most impressive collections of native and exotic plants. 

Your city tour continues with a drive around the old CBD to observe recovery efforts since the damaging 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Your guide provides information on each landmark before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the beach suburb of Sumner. You’ll see the coastal town of Lyttleton and view Christchurch from the hills above during the leisurely return to the  Akaroa cruise port in the afternoon.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Max B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A really interesting tour of Christchurch and scenic drive back to Akaroa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Wow! What can i say loved Akaroa.And then to take a trip to Christchurch was Great.
The tour was also worth doing.I will be back!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I throughly enjoyed our trip. Our driver was amazing, giving us personal experiences along with lots of information. He stopped numerous times so we could take pictures, which I really appreciated. The trip through the mountains was great and I would do it again in a minute.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Well organized, completed all events as advertized. Good value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent way to see all of the sights, the drivers were very knowledgable and gave excellent commentary all the way through. Fow someone who has never visited before, it is the best way to get around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

absolutly stunning excursion. withthe best personal tuch in a small group.
highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really enjoyed this full day tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Very good tour. We wanted to know how the earthquake had affected the city and its people and we felt we came away with a very good knowledge of both the tragic and positives of this horrific time. Highly Recommended... take your camera!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

A great day out. It was sobering to see the extent of the devastation of Christchurch but heartening to see the efforts at rebuilding. The tour was well organized with plenty of great photo opportunities both to and from from Christchurch.

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