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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Discover volcanic landscapes and breathtaking scenery on New Zealand’s South Island on this 9.5-hour Akaroa day trip from Christchurch. Take in top attractions including Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth with your guide. Ascend the Banks Peninsula for beautiful views over Akaroa Harbour and the volcanic crater. Then, sample locally made cheeses and admire colonial architecture around Akaroa. Cruise by catamaran into the harbor where diverse marine and bird life thrives, including rare Hector’s dolphins. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a delicious lunch in Akaroa Village.
  • Akaroa day trip from Christchurch including cheese tasting
  • Drive past natural attractions with an informative guide
  • See Hector’s dolphins on a 2-hour nature cruise on Akaroa Harbour
  • Upgrade to include a restaurant lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by coach included

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Beautiful Akaroa
, Jun 2019
Wonderful day, beautiful views, fantastic lunch. Can recommend this hand on heart beautiful tour. Fantastic tour guide, very knowlegable and friendly, nothing was difficult!
A highly recommended tour.
, Jun 2019
Jerry, the driver/guide was energetic and professional. His lively talks added value to a trip which itself was already value for money. The lunch was delicious and the restaurant was good. The boat ride was of course the highlight of the day with dolphins and penguins racing alongside the boat! Well, the boat did rock violently when it stopped close to a big colony of seals playing on the rocks.
This tour was fantastic! We had a...
Jacqueline A
, Apr 2018
This tour was fantastic! We had a delightful day in Akaroa to include a delicious lunch, time to walk around the town, and a delightful boat ride along the coast and back into the harbor.
Loved this tour! Cally was...
Patti H
, Mar 2018
Loved this tour! Cally was wonderful, upbeat and full of good information. We saw fur seals, albatross and blue penguins on the boat trip. Lunch at Bully Hayes was delicious and we had plenty of time to eat as well as explore Akoroa. A perfect day!
Although the weather was rainy, the...
Richard P
, Feb 2018
Although the weather was rainy, the Driver/Commentator was great. She kept us well informed of the areas we drove through. She accomodated us by making an additional short stop in the french section of Akaroa. With the cancellation of the boat due to the poor weather conditions, she was able to make alternative schedule by going to the Antarctic Museum.
Unfortunately it was raining, windy...
Nathaniel K
, Jan 2018
Unfortunately it was raining, windy, and cold. And this was a summer day. Activity is weather dependent. Inspite of the weather, I still enjoyed the sites: the greenery, the towering cliffs, the cathedral domed cave, and the ocean. The marine life was awesome: Hector dolphins, fur seals, and penguins. A sunny and calm day would have made this a perfect excursion.
It was a lovely day. Our driver Sue...
Inacio R
, Jan 2018
It was a lovely day. Our driver Sue took as to many beautiful places of the region and the boat ride was amazing, not just because of the dolphins and other animals but also because the sea and the mountains of Akaroa are very special.
The tour started with a beautiful...
Jennifer S
, Jan 2018
The tour started with a beautiful drive through the plains and hills from Christchurch to Akaroa. Our driver-guide Scotty was amazing -- so informative about the area and what we were seeing along the way! Even though it was a holiday, we were still able to stop at Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, see a video of the cheese making process, sample some of the cheeses, and make our purchases. The free time in small sea-side town of Akaroa provided enough time to visit the shops and enjoy a walk along the harbor shore. Lunch at Bully Hayes was good but nothing special -- there were other dining options nearby that would have been just as good if not better. The harbor cruise was the highlight of the tour. Andrew, the driver-guide on the boat, provided informative as well as humorous commentary through the cruise. We saw lots of Hector's dolphins, and they swam right up to the boat -- some even swam right along the side of the boat! We also saw some fur seals and several sea birds. On the return drive, Scotty took us on a different route back to Christchurch, along the top of the hills/mountains surrounding the Akaroa bays -- the views were absolute beautiful! I would highly recommend this tour it's a great way to see the beauty of the area southeast of Christchurch and experience seeing the rare Hector's dolphins!
This was ok, but was a replacement...
Terri S
, Dec 2017
This was ok, but was a replacement for a 4-wheeling tour that did not take place. I've been on these types of cruises before and was looking forward to something different. We did see many dophins and a couple of penguins. Although there were so many people on the side of the boat where the penguins were, that I never saw them.
Ride from Christchurch was scenic...
Teresa W
, Aug 2017
Ride from Christchurch was scenic. The boat ride was beautiful and the view of Hector's dolphins was fantastic. Highly recommend!

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