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This Akaroa shore excursion takes you sightseeing in Christchurch via a scenic drive through the Banks Peninsula. See the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and other city highlights before a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch's top attraction. Feel arctic winds at the Snow and Ice Experience and observe New Zealand wildlife at the Penguin Encounter. Finish with an all-terrain adventure on a thrilling ride by amphibious 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
Your shore excursion begins with pickup at the Akaroa cruise port. Enjoy a scenic drive along the coastal bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula to the nearby city of Christchurch, where your sightseeing takes place.
Get an overview of central Christchurch and its significant landmarks during a tour that includes the Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance, and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Next, indulge the senses with the sounds, sights — and temperatures — of Antarctica at the notable International Antarctic Centre. Your admission ticket includes entry into the Snow and Ice Experience, which re-creates real-life conditions with an indoor storm complete with blizzard audio, lightning and arctic winds. At the Penguin Encounter, you’ll meet a couple dozen blue penguins — the smallest penguins in the world.
Then, strap yourself in for an extreme all-terrain adventure with an amphibious Hagglund ride through water, across an ice pack and over a crevasse. The experience emulates the conditions that scientists face while riding across Antarctica.
Afterward, relax during the return journey to Akaroa with drop-off at your cruise terminal.
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.

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, Jan 2019

The Arctic Centre was Great! Loved it! The city tour was also good. The Tour would have been 5 stars if the 1st stop at the botanic gardens was longer. 20min was only enough time to go to the toilet. and Not enough time to look around the great museum that was there. The 2nd stop was lunch in the city, but because it was only 45min, you only had time eat. Otherwise it was a great tour.

, Jan 2019

Unfortunately our ship only run 4 tenders the day we arrived, the tour operator waited for us and was fairly well organised Driver was excellent and very well informed and got us back to the ship on timeAntartica centre was great except for the combination with another tour group which made hearing the guide difficult and photo opportunities limited

, Jan 2019

Very pleasant trip to Christchurch. Very good to see the great restoration after the destruction of the earthquake. The visit to the Antarctica Center was fantastic!!! Great tour!

, Oct 2018

The guide was knowledgeable on the sites in Christ Church. He provided us with a lot of local info. The highlight was the International Antarctic Centre. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The only difficulty was there was no time to have lunch. We were given 15minutes to eat. It took us 13 minutes to get our food. Other than that we enjoyed this tour.

, May 2018

Overall, I enjoyed this shore excursion but I felt it could have been better. I saw great scenery, learned a lot about Christchurch and the tragic earthquake and enjoyed the International Antarctic Centre's activities. But I also felt that time was wasted perhaps due to some misinformation and timing issues. We had a stop over at the Museum/Botanic Gardens and our driver said that we should consider getting lunch which we did. At our next stop at the International Antarctic Centre, we ended up sitting in the cafeteria for about a half hour. Finally, we arrived back at Akaroa just in time to catch the very last tender back to our ship.

In retrospect, I would have skipped lunch and used that time to explore the Museum/Botanic Gardens. I also wished there was more time allotted at the IAC to see the displays.

, Mar 2018

Good but a little rushed.

, Mar 2018

The tour was nice, but too much about the city and not enough time at the Antarctic experience, or the park. Comfortable bus.

, Mar 2018

Scotty was a fantastic tour guide, full of knowledge and insights into his local town and a fantastic sense of humour to boot. Totally loved Akaroa, just a shame we didnt have the time to enjoy the spot a bit longer.

, Mar 2018

Our tour guide was great supplying information and keeping everyone on our time limits. We encountered a very busy time at the International Antarctic Centre which did spoil the visit somewhat but was still great to see

, Feb 2018

Long day of touring but worth seeing the area. A small problem with the tour guide. He had a very heavy accent so was a little hard to understand and there was a problem with his microphone. The best part of the tour was the visit to the International Antarctic exhibit. No lunch was included with the tour, but had time to have lunch and/or snack at the cafe at the International Antarctic exhibit. All-in-all a good tour. Bus was new and very comfortable.

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