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.
Travel to Christchurch via the Banks Peninsula on a full-day Akaroa shore excursion by luxury coach that includes sightseeing stops at Little River and Sign of the Takahe. You’ll get great views across the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on the trip from Akaroa to Christchurch, then step off the coach in a central, walkable location by the Canterbury Museum. With free time to explore Christchurch on your own, you can take in the sights, do some shopping, or just enjoy the city’s historic atmosphere and architecture.
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.
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.