Christchurch, New Zealand
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Overview

Travel from Akaroa Harbour on a 6.5-hour shore excursion through the Banks Peninsula to Christchurch, whose city center was devastated by the 2011 earthquake. Drive past city landmarks in the old CBD and stroll the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with a knowledgeable guide. En route, you’ll take in the scenic splendor of the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Region, including Little River, Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere.
  • Banks Peninsula and Christchurch shore excursion from Akaroa Harbour
  • Admire the breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Lake Ellesmere and the Southern Alps
  • Take a walk through Christchurch Botanical Gardens
  • See the devastating effects of Christchurch's 2011 earthquake and the old CBD
  • Visit the coastal towns of Sumner and Lyttleton
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
When your ship pulls into Akaroa Harbour, you’re picked up at the port for your shore excursion. Get settled comfortably aboard the coach for the approx. 1.5-hour drive to Christchurch, traveling a scenic route along the Akaroa Highway through the Banks Peninsula. On the journey through the Canterbury Plains — a farmland region east of the Southern Alps — hear narration about the highlights you pass, including Little River, Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere.
On arrival at your destination, hop off the coach at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for a stroll with your guide, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most impressive collections of native and exotic plants. 
Your city tour continues with a drive around the old CBD to observe recovery efforts since the damaging 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Your guide provides information on each landmark before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the beach suburb of Sumner. You’ll see the coastal town of Lyttleton and view Christchurch from the hills above during the leisurely return to the  Akaroa cruise port in the afternoon.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa cruise 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

A wonderful experience with Scotty showing us around and giving a very thorough explanation of any query we might have. He was extremely helpful and went out of his way to make sure that we saw everything. His throat would have been sore by the time he finished. He loved the area and passed this love on to us. Great trip!

K
, Dec 2018

Excellent coordination between excursion supplier and cruise ship docking instructions to meet up with excursion driver and shuttle bus clear and easy to follow. Arriving early allowed us to easily do some shopping at conveniently located stores near the meeting point. Shopping area a joy to walk through and you could supplement breakfast off the ship with visits to the local bakery and gourmet coffee shops. Friendly locals, dogs, and shop keepers. Excursion was led by knowledgeable driver/guide, who was a long time resident and former local school teacher. Extensive knowledge of local geology, history, and customs. Christchurch suffered severe damage from most recent earthquake but seems to be on the mend. Local architecture being evaluated and many of the old Victorian buildings will be restored. However, city center is will be forever changed as some old building are too damaged to restore or rebuild: glass and steel to be the replacements. City Center will be zoned for mixed us: residential commercial parks and open space. Should be great in a couple of years. Countryside stops amazing: sheep green hills. Side Stop to the beach facing the Pacific offered ample opportunity to view bird life. Lunch spot was well advertised and coordinated best value was going to the local supermarket and buying lunch from their deli.

a
, Jul 2018

Through all these tours of the towns of New Zealand, we got soo much information via the expert guides, we felt empowered !! Enjoyed the countryside !!

H
, May 2018

Wow. The scenery from Akaroa to Christchurch was breathtaking and our bus driver/tour guide did a masterful job navigating the hairpin turns over the mountains to the city. Because of earthquake damage, the usual port closer to Christchurch is closed and so we docked in Akaroa, at least an hour away, but a lovely town with a surprising French influence. Christchurch is still recovering from the devastation caused by the earthquake, but the rebuilding is impressive and the city has a great history museum beside the botanical garden where we stopped.

T
, May 2018

I thought I had booked the excursion that included sheep shearing - so was really disappointed. The driver did try to hook us upwith thtat tour but they said they weren't shearing since the sheep were wet. when I told the shore excursion desk that they said their tour did see sheep shearing The hard part was it was rainy, the bus was fogged so could see little.

t
, Apr 2018

Very good tour around Christchurch .Saw much of the earthquake damage from 7 years ago .Plus how the city is on the mend and how important us tourists are to them .Excellent tour guide Bruce I Think was his name .Knew the city so well and added many interesting points to the trip

t
, Apr 2018

Very good tour around Christchurch .Saw much of the earthquake damage from 7 years ago .Plus how the city is on the mend and how important us tourists are to them .Excellent tour guide Bruce I Think was his name .Knew the city so well and added many interesting points to the trip

H
, Apr 2018

Arrived at Akaroa late as ship tender was put on hold for about half an hour due to rough seas meaning that the bus tour had departed by the time we arrived on shore. BUT the local company Canterbury Leisure Tours had arranged a small mini van to wait and transport our group to Christchurch where we joined the main coach. Enjoyable day, informative drivers, beautiful scenery and would highly recommend this tour and company.

M
, Mar 2018

I went on this tour a couple of weeks ago - and was very happy with the tour / and presentation by the tour operator John. He showed us around Akaroa and then we went on the bus drive along the beautiful Banks Peninsula - breath taking scenery. All the time relating he was relating stories / information etc. of the area we were in. He went out of his way to ensure everyone enjoyed the tour. Showed us some amazing scenery - and I enjoyed the time we had in Christchurch to look around. He took us around the city relating information which was very interesting - Thank You !

M
, Mar 2018

I went on this tour a couple of weeks ago - and was very happy with the tour / and presentation by the tour operator John. He showed us around Akaroa and then we went on the bus drive along the beautiful Banks Peninsula - breath taking scenery. All the time relating he was relating stories / information etc. of the area we were in. He went out of his way to ensure everyone enjoyed the tour. Showed us some amazing scenery - and I enjoyed the time we had in Christchurch to look around. He took us around the city relating information which was very interesting - Thank You !


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