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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

Travel from Akaroa Harbour on this 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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and the International Antarctic Centre

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City and Giants House Tour

If you're pulling into port in Akaroa, this shore excursion is designed to show you some of the sights of New Zealand's South Island. You'll explore the Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch, plus take a guided tour of the Giant's House. See how the city has rebuilt since the 2011 earthquake, and stop by places such as the Botanical Gardens. This tour allows you to relax on a pre-planned adventure instead of trying to find your own way around the area from the cruise ship port.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Sheep Farm Tour

While your cruise ship is docked in Akaroa port, take a guided shore excursion to Christchurch and nearby Canterbury via the scenic bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula. Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and other highlights during a city sightseeing tour, then see sheep dogs and a sheep-shearing demonstration as you get a feel for rural life on an authentic New Zealand sheep farm. Afternoon tea and round-trip port transport are included.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Spend your shore excursion in Akaroa on a 2-hour nature cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Your professional skipper points out abundant wildlife that may include Hector’s dolphins — the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins — New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins and yellow-eyed penguins. You’ll motor past volcanic cliffs and remote sea caves by luxury catamaran en route to Seal Bay and a salmon farm in Lucas Bay.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

Spend your time in port in Akaroa on a small-group shore excursion, sea kayaking around the harbor. Bask in the scenery of remote bays and inlets, and catch a glimpse of local marine life, including penguins, orcas, and endangered Hector’s dolphins. You’ll paddle for three hours with a guide through the basin of an extinct volcano and stop for a snack and swim at a coastal beach. This tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour

Maximise your time in port in Akaroa with a 6-hour shore excursion to Christchurch and take in the highlights of the Garden City. Admire city landmarks such as Christchurch Cathedral, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a riverside restaurant, then choose one of three tour options (for an added fee): a punting cruise along the Avon River, a tour of the Botanic Gardens, or a ride on the Christchurch City Tram.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour & Giants House Local Tour

Enjoy a local 3 hour guided sightseeing shore excursion of Akaroa exploring the beautiful township, harbour, and this portion of the Banks Peninsula. After being picked up from the Akaroa Wharf, your coach will travel through township and the inner bays of the Akaroa before arriving at a local cheese factory, for tastings, and travelling along the old volcanic crater rim for some magnificent views of the harbour and peninsula. Afterwards, head back into Akaroa for a guided tour of the famous Giants House, with its beautiful gardens and mosaic sculptures. This tour is perfect for those looking for a short tour of the local sights and attractions!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Full-Day Round-Trip Tour from Akaroa Wharf

Pre-booking round-trip transport between Akaroa Wharf and Christchurch saves you time and hassle, with the maximum time to spend in the city. Make the trip in the comfort of a climate-controlled coach, then step off the shuttle at the Canterbury Museum, within easy walking distance of some of Christchurch’s top destinations. Enjoy the flexibility to explore on your own: shop, stroll through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or catch a ride on one of the restored hop-on, hop-off trams that loop through the city before returning to Akaroa Wharf.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour & Sheep Farm Local Tour

A 2.5 hour shore excursion which combines a guided local tour of Akaroa township and harbours with a tour of a working sheep farm. After being picked up from the Akaroa Wharf, your coach will travel through township and the inner bays of the Akaroa before arriving at a local cheese factory, for tastings, and travelling along the old volcanic crater rim for some magnificent views of the harbour and peninsula. Following a great photo opportunity, your driver will take you to a nearby local sheep farm where you'll be able to enjoy sheepdog work, a sheep shearing demonstration, and afternoon tea, all before returning reuniting you with your cruise ship.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day Excursion from Akaroa to Christchurch and Banks Peninsula

This is a private small group tour for up to 9 people. The route from Akaroa to Christchurch takes you over the old volcanoes of Banks Peninsula with varied scenery (farms, sheep, volcanoes, harbours, lakes, villages) and there is 1.5-2 hours driving time (90 km/50 miles) each way. We are happy to customise your tour to include attractions such as the International Antarctic Centre or Willowbank Wildlife Park (cost extra) , etc. We are locals and give an in-depth commentary covering the volcanoes, NZ and local history, earthquakes etc. The route is more or less like a figure "8" so the scenery is always changing and we cover a lot of places of interest on this day excursion to Christchurch and back. We have you back at Akaroa Wharf at least 1 hour before the last tender.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Two-Hour Local Akaroa Sights with Port Pickup and Drop Off

This two-hour tour is ideal for cruise passengers wanting to make the most of limited time in Akaroa. Your air-conditioned coach will pick you up from the Akaroa Wharf and take you to some of the town’s highlights. Travel through Takamatua, Robinson’s Bay, Davauchelles, and Barry’s Bay, and up to the Hill Top Tavern, for panoramic views. Enjoy cheese tasting and the chance to shop for wine and food.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

This Akaroa shore excursion takes you on a scenic journey into Christchurch via the Banks Peninsula with a visit to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Your tour of the ‘Garden City’ includes a stroll through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and a look at earthquake recovery efforts in the city center. You’ll find exotic critters such as wallabies, gibbons and lemurs at the wildlife reserve, and meet the elusive but iconic kiwi, New Zealand’s national bird.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Small group guided sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

Swap your cruise ship for a kayak on this 3-hour shore excursion from Akaroa and enjoy a thrilling close encounter with native wildlife. Paddle your way around remote bays, inlets and sandy beaches; admire the dramatic scenery of the once-active volcano basin; then cool off with a swim. Along the way, keep a lookout for some of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife sightings, including Hector Dolphins, penguins and orca whales.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Dolphin Experience in Akaroa Harbour

This Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim is the ultimate shore excursion while your ship docks at the port. You can observe Hector’s dolphins from the boat or don a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and dive into the water to swim with the New Zealand dolphins — the smallest and rarest in the world. Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage and shower after your swim. With a maximum of 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, this 3-hour tour provides a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Akaroa, Private Day Tour from Christchurch with 2 hr Cruise or dolphin swim.

This private day tour is the ideal way to see Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula from Christchurch, as you are in control of your tour. You can stop wherever you like for a photo opportunity, or spend longer at places that interest you. The recommended itinerary includes a wildlife-spotting cruise, a cheese factory, and time in the port town of Lyttleton. Make the most of a short stay in the Christchurch area on this well-planned tour.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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AKAROA PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION (Christchurch City & Banks Peninsula)

Save time waiting for other cruise ship passengers and escape straight to Christchurch for this private shore excursion. Once you arrive, experience Christchurch without the noise and rigid timetables of a big tour group. Take a electric caterpillar bus around the famous Botanical Gardens, boat down the Avon river in a traditional English poling punt, and discover how Christchurch is rebuilding in the wake of the devastating 2011 earthquake.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour

Out on Banks Peninsula, at the end of State Highway 75, Akaroa is a quaint coastal town with a storied history as a Māori, French and English settlement. Instead of visiting with a crowded and stressful tour group, discover Akaroa at your own pace on this self-guided audio tour. Walk around the town’s many highlights, including the old Akaroa Lighthouse and the French forecourt, and take in picturesque views from Akaroa harbour.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours

Nature & Wildlife

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Akaroa Cruise - highlights and 1 hr Alpaca Experience - 1/2 day private tour **

From Akaroa, this 1 hour working Alpaca Farm Tour PLUS a 3 hour local highlights sightseeing tour is great value. 2 - 5 people on a private experience of total awesome!!Travelling in comfort with light refreshments provided while you travel, join your professional driver/guide as you experience these adorable animals.Later take in the stunning beauty and history that is Akaroa and Bank Peninsula in our Akaroa highlights package.You driver/guide knows all the right places to visit, many places no bus can stop or reach.Stop for pictures whenever you want to stop and not be dictated to by a bus driver. **** More than 4/5 people in your group? Larger groups by arrangement - ask for a quote.****A private dedicated tour with the experts.....and a proud full member of ProguidesNZ.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Akaroa - Christchurch City Tour - Akaroa (Private Tour) 2 People

This is a private transfer by a professional chauffeur. We can tailor your tour to meet any special requests within the time period.Your driver will arrange to meet you in Akaroa, transport you to Christchurch for your tour and return you to Akaroa.Professional Chauffeur driven luxury vehicle / limo / limousineNew Zealand Transport Agency licenced (this vehicle is not a taxi)
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Akaroa - Christchurch City Tour - Akaroa Private 1-5 Passengers Mercedes Minivan

This is a private transfer by a professional chauffeur. We can tailor your tour to meet any special requests within the time period.Your driver will arrange to meet you in Akaroa, transport you to Christchurch for your tour and return you to Akaroa.Professional Chauffeur driven luxury vehicle / limo / limousineNew Zealand Transport Agency licenced (this vehicle is not a taxi)
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Akaroa-Christchurch Cruise Ship - Spanish Driver Guide / Chofer Guía en español

Our exclusive service offers you absolute flexibility to do exactly whatever and whenever you want. Once you arrive after your long trip from home you can sit back, relax and enjoy as your driver escorts you around this fascinating country introducing you to guided local tours around different towns and natural landscapes, in English, Spanish and Italian.We are Professional Drivers and qualified by New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Also we hold a Transport service Licence (TSL) and we are part of ProGuide Association. We can drive around all of New Zealand and our best option is to start or finish your trip in Christchurch.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Electric Mountain Bike & Kayak Tour Package in Akaroa

If you have plenty of time and would love to make the most of this stunning area, why not choose our Pedal & Paddle combo. Rise and shine for our sunrise kayak safari through the stunning marine reserve with your nature guide, after the tour grab some lunch and then meet us again in the afternoon to join our guided Ebike safari. Being able to see the stunning marine reserve you have just paddled through from a different perceptive will blow your mind. Your arms will get a rest and now its time to get those legs working, but don't worry our brand new latest model Scott E Mountain bikes are the best in the business. Our latest model bikes have pedal assist functions that will have you whizzing around with ease behind your knowledgeable local guide. What a way to spend the day!
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours


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