Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.
Very enjoyable, good local knowledge from coach driver. Tour of Christchurch "red zone" was thought provoking. Antarctic visit interesting and fun.
We would have liked more time at the Antarctic Center and the museum. We understand the ships schedule precluded longer stays at these places.
A good tour in a very comfortable little coach and bigger coach. It would have been nice to have been taken to a picturesque part of the river and seen a punt in action instead of being told where to go but only having enough time to find the toilet. Good commentary on drive from Akaroa but continuous. Passengers need a break from listening all of the time.
Antartic trip was great, but we only had 1 hour at the center. We were driven around Christchurch to see some sights but most of this was the devistation from the earthquake,
We had 2 children with our party of 8 and they were really looking forward to see the Antartic centre, but with on 1 hour they were really disappointed that we had such a short time there. i must say though that the drivers were very informative, I think it would be much better if we were taken to the Antartic centre first
and given 2 hours there, then the drivers could show us the wreckage of Christchurch on the way back to the ship, We changed buses during the trip and they both showed us the earthquake damage, 1 would have been plenty.
The bus ride from Akaroa was beautiful and the earthquake destruction was interesting but the tour was too short. Maybe 3 hours travel. It did not leave the dock until 10:30 and returned about 4:30. A visit to the botanical garden was about 15 minute to use the facilities and look at the garden. Nice museum there that was completely missed. Impossible. The Antarctic center was very good and fun. Guide was good but the tour needs to lengthen about an hour. Why the 10:30 departure when our ship was in at 8? Find another tour operator with a little longer schedule.
There was someone right outside the port with a Canterbury Leisure Tours sign, so was easy to know what to do, But we could not understand the tour driver from Akaroa to Christchurch and returning to Akaroa. Don't know if it was the bus sound system or how he used it. We could hear the driver from CC to the Antarctic center fine. The tour was fine, but would have been nice to hear the naration with the scenery going and coming.
A little disappointing. Christchurch 2011 earthquake devastation was incredible but spent too much time driving around looking at it. The International Antarctic Center was a little too commercial. Penguins were cute.
The bus ride from Akaroa was beautiful, but 1.5 hours to get to Christchurch was not worth it. Christchurch is still recovering from the earthquakes and there wasn't much left to see. There wasn't enough time to enjoy the Antarctic exhibits which were mediocre at best. No time set aside on the excursion for eating so the whole group had to eat at the small cafe at the Antarctic experience which ate up a lot of the time there. Looking back, we would have just stayed in Akaroa and enjoyed the town.
We (the group of 6) were very unhappy with our tour guide. First of all, he bought us the wrong tickets to International Antarctic Centre and left. Then we found out that we couldn't ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle because we were given the cheapest entrance bracelets. We had to waste 40 minutes resolving this issue with the Antarctic Centre's personnel. The guide didn't even apologize for his mistake. Secondly, he didn't take us to visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens because "he didn't have time". We told him numerous times that it was supposed to be included in the tour, and we were waiting for this but he refused to take us there. Instead he took us to the downtown of Christchurch and wasn't SHOWING us the sights of the town, he was just telling us "it was lovely before the earthquake". We didn't gain anything from him as a tour guide; it was the worst tour we had in our trips!