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

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The guides were very friendly, pleasant, good-humoured and knowledgeable. We enjoyed all of the tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

This tour was amazing. The guide,Kevin Edlin, Leisure Tours did an excellent job. He was extremely informed, a great "people person" who was dedicated to making our day memorable. He had a great personality and made sure that everybody was accommodated in a very organized way. I would highly recommend him and if Iam ever in that area again would definitely choose him as a guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Small group was good. Interesting commentary. Brilliant boat ride, pro driver as well as very personable and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

This was sensational. Thoroughly enjoyed would go again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

We had a great time on this excursion, we were welcomed with such friendliness and everyone was so helpfull, we travelled on the coach to the Gardens and as we were the only 2 doing the Jet Boat, we was surprised that it was not cancelled, in fact when we got to Christchurch we were privately taken round the sights and taken to the Waimak River where we had a fantastic time, I would recommend this to anyone

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

I was part of a group of 6 who went on this tour and it was fantastic. The tour company were extremely efficient from the moment we stepped off the cruise, to making sure we were back on board in time. The drive from Akaroa to Christchurch was spectacular. One of the most picturesque drives I've seen. We arrived in Christchurch and had a little stop in town for refreshments. We continued with our guide who took us on a short tour around Christchurch. Our guides local knowledge was commendable, humorous and very interesting. We were then dropped off for our jet boating adventure on Waimak River. We jet boated over the crystal clear waters weaving in and out of some pretty hairy obstacles. I was amazed to see such control over such a speedy vessel. Our jet boating guide was very friendly and truly gave us a ride of our lives. After clutching the front of our seats for over 30 minutes we were then transported back to Akaroa, through the windy hills of Banks Peninsula with enough time to enjoy the local shops/market, test the pleasant sea water and enjoy a famous New Zealand ice cream. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Akaroa or anyone participating in a shore excursion. It was fantastic as we had time to take in the beauty of Akoroa village, experience the amazing Banks Peninsula, see the city of Christchurch and participate in high speed jetboating on the Waimak River all in one day. Definitely a memorable and worthwhile experience.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

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.

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