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Overview

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.
  • Banks Peninsula, Christchurch tour and sheep farm visit from Akaroa port
  • Walk through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See central Christchurch and the rebuilding process after the earthquake
  • Visit a sheep farm to see sheep dogs at work and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Start your shore excursion with convenient pickup at the Akaroa cruise port, where your knowledgeable guide departs for the nearby city of Christchurch. You’ll follow a scenic route along the Banks Peninsula, a volcanic region situated on the east coast of the South Island. 
On arrival in ‘The Garden City,’ soak up the highlights of New Zealand's second-largest city during a guided tour. Walk through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens; see the Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance; and learn about recovery efforts after the 2011 earthquake destroyed much of the city center.
Then set out into the Canterbury Plains, traveling just 30 minutes from Christchurch into the heart of sheep-farming country. You’ll visit a working sheep farm, set in a bucolic locale. Admire the sheep dogs rounding up the flock, then pet the sheep and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration — you can even try your hand at it, if you wish. 
Enjoy afternoon tea before your 6-hour tour ends at the cruise port to meet your ship.
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.

Reviews

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t
, Dec 2018

A good tour overall. Akaroa was a bit farther from Christchurch than expected. But the Akaroa sheep farm experience was not to be missed. The farmer and his wife were so pleasant and inviting. We felt like we could be great friends if we lived there. We much more enjoyed the "country" driving through the beautiful green hills, than the city.

l
, Nov 2018

The visit to the sheep farm at the very end of this excursion was exceptional. However the rest of the day was on a small bus, with very little space between the seats and we couldn’t understand the bus driver/tour guide at all. Not only was his accent too strong, but the microphone was too low over the noise on the bus. Very disappointed in this tour until the last hour at the sheep farm!

W
, Apr 2018

The three stars are for the sheep farm part of the tour which was great! Loved Hugh's family and animals and teh whole experience was wonderful.

Downside to this tour was it was raining pretty much for the whole time we were in the small bus. The inside was totally fogged up such that we couldn't see anything for the drive to Christchurch. The wet tire noise inside the bus combined with a not-very-adaptable driver meant he pretty much drove silently while we wiped the inside windows to get a peek at the scenery.

I
, Mar 2018

Commentary by the driver on the way to Christchurch was useless thanks to his flat, boring delivery and a very poor PA system which wasn't loud enough. The quick tour around Christchurch was fascinating. Afterwards, we were dropped in the city for a short comfort break but, sadly, the driver didn't mention that we were right next to the Christchurch museum where there were excellent toilets! Luckily we found the museum and had a bit of time to look around the exhibits which were excellent. The trip back was in a minibus with a different driver. We found his driving style to be reckless and eventually one of our fellow passengers asked him to slow down. The visit to the sheep farm was brilliant - a real highlight as the farmer was really engaging and enthusiastic. The cream tea served by his wife was very good.

R
, Mar 2018

We really enjoyed the sheep farm tour and shearing demonstration, and would highly recommend that part of the excursion. We enjoyed petting the sheep and seeing the sheepdog round them up. The sheep farmer and his wife were very hospitable. Our bus driver also gave us a tour of Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch. The history of this area was very interesting, but unfortunately our driver inserted a lot of politics into his commentary promoting socialism, bashing Trump and making fun of Trump supporters. He joked about how he knew he was probably crossing a line by getting into politics, but for some reason he kept it up all the way to the end of the trip. This behavior fell short of my expectations of a professional tour guide. There were a lot of people on his bus from the U.S., so I was disappointed he was not more respectful. Had he kept his opinions to himself, I would have given a 5 star rating to this excursion.

n
, Feb 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with our guide. He was very knowledgeable and funny. We got a great overview of Banks Peninsula and a good visit in Christchurch City. The Sheep Farm Tour was good, but we had done one previously and didn't enjoy this one quite as much.

k
, Feb 2018

Our experience in Akaroa was one of our favorites of our entire trip. First the town itself, and the quaint bistros and coffee shops along the shoreline. Then there was the Woolshed, where we bought two wool sweaters, hoping we wouldn't find them cheaper at future stops. Well, let me tell you, the prices there were the best of any we found anywhere. Don't miss this place if you go. Our driver was amazing and knew the curving hills and valleys like the back of her hand. She gave us an amazing ride to Christ Church and we enjoyed so many sites of this city, and the continuing struggle to repair the earthquake damage.

w
, Feb 2018

Scotty was excellent! Knew a lot of the background and history of Christchurch. He kept us entertained throughout the excursion. Very informative on earthquake and rebuild of Christchurch. Love the sheep farm visit. Great sheep dog show and wool shearing. We were treated for tea and snakes before going back to ship.

J
, Feb 2018

The Sheep Farm was Great but the tour of Christchurch
city was not that great would like to see more of the city .

shee Fram

D
, Jan 2018

We tendered in to Akaroa from the ship. Akaroa was a wonderful surprise as it is a lovely port town with darling shops and restaurants. Don't miss the Woolshed, fabulous New Zealand wool products at great prices, scarves, hats, clothing, etc.

Sue was our tour guide, and was very knowledgeable and personable. We had a lovely tour of the Banks Peninsula and then on to Christchurch. After the tragic earthquake in 2011 the city is rebuilding after so much was destroyed. It will be beautiful! Then we went to a working sheep farm for a sheep dog demonstration, followed by a shearing demonstration. This was followed by a proper English Tea on the terrace provided by the farmers wife. Absolutely lovely, beautiful day on a lovely farm with all of the flowers in bloom.


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