• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Banks Peninsula, Christchurch tour and jet-boating on the Waimak River from Akaroa port
  • Travel from Akaroa through picturesque countryside to Christchurch
  • Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See the city sights of Christchurch with it's grand architecture
  • Enjoy the thrill of jet-boating on Waimak River
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

Jet-boating Waimak River

Your shore excursion begins with port pickup in Akaroa, where you’ll meet your informative guide. After making the journey past the eastern coastline and scenic bays of the South Island’s Banks Peninsula, arrive in Christchurch for your city sightseeing tour of ‘The Garden City.’ 

See the central city highlights including the Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance, and stroll around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with your guide.

Then take a scenic drive to the foothills of the Southern Alps for an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Waimak River — one of New Zealand's largest braided rivers. Slip on your provided life jacket and splash-proof gear, then blast through river streams at high speed and hold tight during thrilling 360-degree spins. 

The return to Christchurch takes you through the pastoral landscapes of the Canterbury Plains before you’re transferred back to the Akoroa cruise port.

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.

Customer Reviews

Pat D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was great. Picked up on time from Akaroa wharf. Small group from cruise ship. Comfortable coach. Commentary all the way. Toured around Christchurch and the rebuilding. Sad to see that so many of the buildings had been damaged. Lovely parks and gardens. Afterwards we went on a Jet Boat on the Waimak River. Fantastic fun. Highly recommended. We were back in Akaroa in plenty of time to rejoin our ship after a very enjoyable day. Great excursion and well organized.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Enjoyed this thoroughly. The jet boat experience was very enjoyable and we were the only boat on the river. The Banks Peninsula and Christchurch city tour were very informative and interesting. Woudl recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The drive to Christchurch was very scenic and beautiful. The highlight was really the jet boating. Luv this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Tour was amazing!!!

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Was a great experience. Loved Akaroa such a pretty village. Christchurch is about 80km from Akaroa. There were six of us in the mini bus which was fabulous as it was nice and roomy and easy to chat to each other and the driver/guide John was easy going and very informative. Unfortunately it was rainy off and on so we didn't get off the bus in Christchurch but we saw pretty much all of the CBD area. We were then taken out to the Waimak river and went on the most amazing jet boat ride! One of the best experiences in NZ!
We then got back to the ship in plenty of time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

While it was a little chaotic at the start, but no fault of the tour company, the cruise line was the problem. Very informative and accommodating. The jet boat was a the highlight....fun fun fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Thr tour was informative. The driver was knowledgable. Only problem was the weather. Due to the level of the river we had to change our day. There was a cold spell so summer in New Zealand was cold and raining. Had to change the Jet Boat trip to a trip to the Antarctic Center which was great. We got a back door tour of the center from a very helpful quide. The day was a little rushed due to changes in our cruise ship times and seemed a little chaotic initially when we got to the meeting spot. We got the change in cost back during the day as the Antarctic center was less expensive. Sorry the weather and the river were not cooperative. Would recommend the Antarctic Center. Know nothing about it until be got there. Did not even think about being close to the Antarctic in New Zealand.

Suej61 Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing. Easily connected after walking off our cruise ship.
Interesting tour thru Christchurch and fun jet boat ride. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a great day on this tour and would highly recommend it to others. We were with a larger group for the drive of the Banks Peninsula and the Christchurch City Tour. However, we were the only ones to book the Jet Boat on Waimak River, so we were picked up from the bus and transported by car to the jet boat and back to the bus for that portion where we had a private ride. Banks Peninsula is very beautiful and Christchurch had just suffered another earthquake days before our tour so we saw a lot of devastation and rebuilding going on. The Jet Boat ride was the highlight of our day thanks to Greg, who was very knowledgeable and made it a lot of fun. We will always remember the Jet Boat ride as one of the highlights of our days in New Zealand.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Boat driver excellent. We went about 60-65 miles an hr in about 2 inches of water. Great thrill.
Would do it again!!!

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