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We loved Akaroa and the surrounding countryside - so peaceful. Despite a fairly lengthy journey to Christchurch we enjoyed our visit there but it was very sobering to see just how much damage had been caused by the earthquake. So many buildings with scaffolding but it was also interesting to visit the shipping containers which have been converted into shops and eateries
trvlmore United States of ...
Our driver and guide was pleasant, thorough and very informative. It was sad to see Christchurch after the earthquake and how much is still to be done to recover.
A long ride but well worth it.
Excellent tour..a wonderful drive into Christchurch from the port. Well worth the drive as you see such lovely scenery. The Antarctic Centre was great especially the blizzard storm at -18 degrees. Recommend this tour.
The trip to the International Antarctic Centre was fantastic and we wished we could have stayed there much longer. We were pleased to go to Christchurch but we felt so much for the people who suffered the earthquake 5 years ago. The damage was extensive.
An excellent tour although Christchurch is still suffering from the earthquake of 2011 and many of the buildings have not yet been re-built.
We had a great day on this tour and would highly recommend it to others. We were with a larger group for the drive of the Banks Peninsula and the Christchurch City Tour. However, we were the only ones to book the Jet Boat on Waimak River, so we were picked up from the bus and transported by car to the jet boat and back to the bus for that portion where we had a private ride. Banks Peninsula is very beautiful and Christchurch had just suffered another earthquake days before our tour so we saw a lot of devastation and rebuilding going on. The Jet Boat ride was the highlight of our day thanks to Greg, who was very knowledgeable and made it a lot of fun. We will always remember the Jet Boat ride as one of the highlights of our days in New Zealand.
Very good guide.
Enjoyed this tour very much. The sheep farm was interesting and like the three legged border collie that could still run and herd the sheep extremely well. It was sad to see the parts of Christchurch that are still in bad shape 5 years after the earthquake.
Long day of touring. Beautiful drive to Christchurch but too much time viewing earthquake damage. Would have loved more time in Botanical Gardens and Museum both of which were wonderful. Antarctic center interesting adventure. Wish we had more time there too.
This trip was fantastic! Even with rough seas, our pilot was able to navigate to the Hole in the Rock and gave us a fantastic view and trip.
Late leaving the port on our tour due to inefficient tender system from cruise ship. No fault of the tour company. We left minus 2 passengers but the tour operator transported them to Christchurch and met us at the Antarctice Centre! Picturesque drive both ways to and from Christchurch. Arctic Centre visit was cut short due to loss of time waiting at port - definitely worth 2-3 hr visit. Drive through Christchurch again was hurried but we were time pressured. Our driver was full of information. Great day out.
Pleasant surprise, very interesting learning about the different kinds of sheep and all the
work that goes into processing wool.
An exceptionally good tour. Our driver/guide, Rodney, was brilliant. He had lots of local knowledge, and experience.
Got to see a lot and Christchurch was amazing
It was great. Driver very informative.
An interesting tour covering firstly Akaroa, and then a quite long drive around the Banks Peninsula to Christchurch. A pleasing walk through the picturesque Botanic Gardens then back on the coach for a drive highlighting much of the earthquake destruction, and subsequent rebuilding of Christchurch. After a lunch stop at the remarkable reStart complex food and retail outlets all constructed from shipping containers we returned to Akaroa via a different route . A great tour for those with limited time as demanded by the cruise ship schedule to spend in the various areas covered. Good value and very informative.
Pete United States of ...
This two hour harbor cruise far exceeded our expectations. Words can not describe the beauty of the volcanic activity that created this harbor and the opportunity to view birds, Hector dolphins, and fur seals up close, even catching a glimpse of a whale and a blue penguin. Julian was GREAT!
Great tour beautiful town wish the ship could have gotten a lot closer to the wharf
Tour was great, driver very informative and pleasant
Great tour! The Antarctic center was amazing!
Gerard C Australia
Great day even though the dolphins weren't in the mood to swim with us. The staff were excellent. We had great views of the dolphins from the boat but once we got in the water they took off. We received a partial refund which was unexpected. Will do this again if we are ever in Akaroa again.
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