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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
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 jet-boating ride on the Waimak River. Combining the grand urban architecture of Christchurch and the exhilarating experience of jet-boating, you’ll see both sides of New Zealand on this city and river shore excursion.


  • Banks Peninsula, Christchurch tour and jet-boating on the Waimak River from Akaroa port
  • Travel from Akaroa through picturesque countryside to Christchurch
  • Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See the city sights of Christchurch with it's grand architecture
  • Enjoy the thrill of jet-boating on Waimak River
  • 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, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

Jet-boating Waimak River

When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a shore excursion to discover the nearby city of Christchurch. After traveling past the scenic bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula, your guided Christchurch tour takes in all the central city highlights including the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance.

Then enjoy one of New Zealand’s most exhilarating and scenically spectacular jet-boat rides! Your jet-boat adventure takes you through the Waimak River one of New Zealand's largest braided rivers. You will blast through shallow shingle bottom river streams and experience the thrills of high speed turns and 360 degree spins. Life jackets and splash proof gear will be provided.

Your scenic journey back to Christchurch takes you from the foothills of the Southern Alps through the rural pastoral scenery of the Canterbury Plains.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Boat driver excellent. We went about 60-65 miles an hr in about 2 inches of water. Great thrill.
Would do it again!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

By far one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was perfect. Christchurch was a highlight but the jet boat ride was awesome and a must do. A very very special mention to Kevin our guide. He definitely made,our day extra special. Thanks.

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