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

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Sheep Farm Tour

Take a guided Christchurch city tour when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, and visit a traditional sheep farm to experience life in rural New Zealand. After seeing the Christchurch city sights, your Akaroa shore excursion takes you into the countryside to feed the animals, watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and see sheep dogs at work.


  • Banks Peninsula, Christchurch tour and sheep farm visit from Akaroa port
  • Walk through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See central Christchurch and the rebuilding process after the earthquake
  • Visit a sheep farm to see sheep dogs at work and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Sheep Farm Tour

Sheep dogs at work

While you’re in port in Akaroa, take a guided shore excursion to discover the nearby city of Christchurch and meet the animals at a local sheep farm. You'll be picked up from the cruise port and travel past the scenic bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula. Next, your 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 travel just 30 minutes from Christchurch into the heart of Canterbury's sheep farming country to visit a working sheep farm, set in a tranquil and picturesque rural location.

Enjoy the experience of watching sheep dogs work, cleverly rounding up the flock and penning them for you to pet and photograph. Watch a sheep-shearing demonstration -- if you wish, you can have a go too! Enjoy afternoon tea before returning to the cruise port.

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 April 2015

This tour was amazing! We enjoyed the tour very much, however, it would be even more perfect if there were more sheep in the demonstration!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Christchurch was a bit boring, lots of 'there use to be ........' about what had been in a spot befor the earthquakes. Terrible devistation. The sheep farm was fun, we got to try our hand at shearing a sheep!!!!

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

We loved the sheep farm tour. The owner was very informative and interesting to watch the dog work the sheep heard. Lunch was provided at the farm and great conversation with the owner. Not enough time at Christchurch since we had to leave the group to go to the farm. Would have liked more time there.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

We stopped in Akaroa for one day while cruising New Zealand. The tour took us from Akaroa to Christchurch. The guide wasn't too knowledgable and seemed a bit disorganized. We stopped at the Botanical Gardens, but we were only given about 15 minutes to see it. A second tour guide met a small group of us in Christchurch. She was much better than the first guide. She drove us through Christchurch and showed us the destruction associated with the earthquake a few years ago. It was very interesting. The highlight of the tour was the farm tour. It was a very small operation, but the farmer couldn

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

We had a bit of a 'glitch' with overbooking at the beginning of the tour in Akaroa but Brian straightened it out and all was great. We particularly liked meeting Ivor at the sheep farm. He was great and the simple lunch was an unexpected 'treat'.


Frank Foster

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