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

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

Experience the grand architecture and beautiful gardens of Christchurch when your ship is in port in Akaroa. Your shore excursion from Akaroa port also includes a scenic trip through the Banks Peninsula and entry to the most popular attraction in Christchurch, the International Antarctic Centre. Enjoy the center’s Snow and Ice Experience, Blue Penguin Encounter and take an exhilarating ride in an all-terrain Hagglund vehicle.


  • Banks Peninsula and Christchurch tour from Akaroa port
  • Travel from Akaroa through breathtaking scenery to Christchurch
  • Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See the city sights of Christchurch
  • Entry to Christchurch's leading attraction -- International Antarctic Centre
  • Take a ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle
  • 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 the International Antarctic Centre

Hagglund ATV ride

When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a guided shore excursion to discover the nearby city of Christchurch. You'll be picked up at the cruise port and take a scenic trip past the bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula. 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 be immersed in the sights of Antarctica at the renowned International Antarctic Centre. The center re-creates the atmosphere of Antarctica with the amazing Snow and Ice Experience, featuring the world’s first indoor storm complete with lightning, arctic winds and blizzard audio.

Meet the cute Antarctic wildlife at the Blue Penguin Encounter, then buckle up for an exhilarating Hagglund ride. Traveling over a crevasse and through water, the all-terrain amphibious adventure simulates the traveling conditions scientists experience riding across the Antarctic ice pack.

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

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Great tour guide -- loved the Antarctic experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Very enjoyable, good local knowledge from coach driver. Tour of Christchurch "red zone" was thought provoking. Antarctic visit interesting and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Great day

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Could have spent longer at the Antartic Center. Very good!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

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 America

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

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.

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