Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights. 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.
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip Very sad re Christchurch Couldn't believe the amount of damage done Can't imagine that you would have a home one minute and then nothing The driver did a great job with his comments during the trip Enjoyed the church - wonderful and the scenery was outstanding
Thanks Roy and Fay Bowman
Tour and guide were great, but Christchurch was depressing with all of the damage from the earthquake. If we went again we would take a different tour with a more upbeat location!
The drive from Akaroa to Christchurch takes about and hour and a half and the scenery is breathtaking. Upon arrivig in Christchurch we were taken to the Botanical Gardens and the Museum next to the Gardens. Each venue needed at least an hour to walk through. We had 45 minutes total and for most on the bus it was a bathroom stop with no way to see or appreciate either. The drive through central Chrischurch which took the brunt of the earthquake, was like tourinng the aftermath of a war zone. Huge parking lots exist where buildings one stood. And many other streets are still barrackaded with massive amounts of debris or buildings are shored up with stacks of shipping containers. The sad part is that it will take another 10 years to rebuild the city and those that could afford it have moved to other areas. There is no time allocated for any sightseeing of Akaroa, a very small, cute village.
Tour guide informative and interesting. Great value for money.
Great value and great tour Really liked being picked up and dropped off at the pier, also the guarantee return in time for ship departure. Good tour driver.
Friends were able to book the same tour with us at the pier.
Long bus trip to Christchurch. Old bus that had a hard time in the mts.
The ride along the Banks Peninsula was okay but the Christchurch City sight/drive was not something I expected at all. Nothing special. The city is waiting for a reconstruction. It would be better if the tour companly had pictures of the city before the quake to share so people can have a better appreciation of the city.
The tour could have left thirty minutes before it actually did. As a result, everything felt rushed during the day. The bus itself was not the newest and almost broke down on the way home several miles from port.,the air conditioning was dripping water on some of the passengers who had to move. Thisnismnot a personalized tour but a pretty full coachp of about 35 - 40 people.