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When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a shore excursion to Christchurch for a sightseeing tour, followed by an adrenaline-charged jet-boat ride on the Waimak River. Escorted by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll combine a drive through the Banks Peninsula with the city landmarks of Christchurch and an exhilarating jet-boat ride. Round-trip port transport is included.
  • Banks Peninsula, Christchurch tour and jet-boating on the Waimak River from Akaroa port
  • Travel from Akaroa through picturesque countryside to Christchurch
  • Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See the city sights of Christchurch with it's grand architecture
  • Enjoy the thrill of jet-boating on Waimak River
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Your shore excursion begins with port pickup in Akaroa, where you’ll meet your informative guide. After making the journey past the eastern coastline and scenic bays of the South Island’s Banks Peninsula, arrive in Christchurch for your city sightseeing tour of ‘The Garden City.’ 
See the central city highlights including the Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance, and stroll around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with your guide.
Then take a scenic drive to the foothills of the Southern Alps for an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Waimak River — one of New Zealand's largest braided rivers. Slip on your provided life jacket and splash-proof gear, then blast through river streams at high speed and hold tight during thrilling 360-degree spins. 
The return to Christchurch takes you through the pastoral landscapes of the Canterbury Plains before you’re transferred back to the Akoroa cruise port.
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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, Dec 2018

We were picked up in Akaroa for our trip to Christchurch. Our guide was very informative and we had a great time on the river. We can highly recommend this trip

, Apr 2018

Very beautiful country side. The bus ride is a bit long but it was worth it with stops in Christchurch and then the river for our jet boat ride. The jet boat ride was very fun even with a light rain falling.

, Mar 2018

Beautiful scenery!! The city tour was great. The jet boat ride amazing a professional jet boat race driver!!

, Mar 2018

We took a large bus to get from Akaroa to Christchurch and after switching drivers in Christchurch, it just wasn't fun anymore. The woman wasn't chatty and was more into taking us back to the ship on time. The jet boat experience was fun tho, as we sped through the river, experiencing several donuts along the way.

, Mar 2018

we had a very informative guide and the boat ride was great

, Feb 2018

Jet boat was great. Quick stop for lunch was not good. Long trip to Christchurch.

, Feb 2018

This tour was great. Picked up on time from Akaroa wharf. Small group from cruise ship. Comfortable coach. Commentary all the way. Toured around Christchurch and the rebuilding. Sad to see that so many of the buildings had been damaged. Lovely parks and gardens. Afterwards we went on a Jet Boat on the Waimak River. Fantastic fun. Highly recommended. We were back in Akaroa in plenty of time to rejoin our ship after a very enjoyable day. Great excursion and well organized.

, Jan 2018

Enjoyed this thoroughly. The jet boat experience was very enjoyable and we were the only boat on the river. The Banks Peninsula and Christchurch city tour were very informative and interesting. Woudl recommend this tour.

, Jan 2018

The driver that picked us up and took us to the first museum was excellent and very good about talking on the history of the area. Could have used a bit longer at the first stop, by the time you found the restroom and worked your way in and out of the museum you didn't get to see a lot. The next driver who took over from the museum through Christchurch was not over enthusiastic about the job - here is an empty lot, this is a piece of art that was a waste of money - that sort of thing - although we laughed and still talk about it - not sure it was the most educational. Unfortunately the JetBoat was cut short, due to blowing an engine just a few 360 in - the drive was very professional and managed to get it back to shore safely and as dry as can be expected. Be prepared there is no water proof clothing provided for this ride - so depending on the weather you may get cold and wet.

, Dec 2017

The drive to Christchurch was very scenic and beautiful. The highlight was really the jet boating. Luv this tour!

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