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

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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.

Nulife2

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.

jeromern

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!

blindman.clark

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.

kelstinkids

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.

sukhanna5

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

sgardner

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.

pvregan45

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!!!

linnie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

By far one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was perfect. Christchurch was a highlight but the jet boat ride was awesome and a must do. A very very special mention to Kevin our guide. He definitely made,our day extra special. Thanks.

Brenton S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

We were picked up from our cruise ship on time. Tour of Christchurch was just a quick overview only had 40 min stop in gardens for a walk around. Jet boat ride was amazing we all but had the river to ourselves. I would recommend trip to anyone.

Heather W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

The guides were very friendly, pleasant, good-humoured and knowledgeable. We enjoyed all of the tours.

carol b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This tour was amazing. The guide,Kevin Edlin, Leisure Tours did an excellent job. He was extremely informed, a great "people person" who was dedicated to making our day memorable. He had a great personality and made sure that everybody was accommodated in a very organized way. I would highly recommend him and if Iam ever in that area again would definitely choose him as a guide.

Penelope F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Small group was good. Interesting commentary. Brilliant boat ride, pro driver as well as very personable and helpful.

Fayelene W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

This was sensational. Thoroughly enjoyed would go again.

Wendy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

We had a great time on this excursion, we were welcomed with such friendliness and everyone was so helpfull, we travelled on the coach to the Gardens and as we were the only 2 doing the Jet Boat, we was surprised that it was not cancelled, in fact when we got to Christchurch we were privately taken round the sights and taken to the Waimak River where we had a fantastic time, I would recommend this to anyone

Charissa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

I was part of a group of 6 who went on this tour and it was fantastic. The tour company were extremely efficient from the moment we stepped off the cruise, to making sure we were back on board in time. The drive from Akaroa to Christchurch was spectacular. One of the most picturesque drives I've seen. We arrived in Christchurch and had a little stop in town for refreshments. We continued with our guide who took us on a short tour around Christchurch. Our guides local knowledge was commendable, humorous and very interesting. We were then dropped off for our jet boating adventure on Waimak River. We jet boated over the crystal clear waters weaving in and out of some pretty hairy obstacles. I was amazed to see such control over such a speedy vessel. Our jet boating guide was very friendly and truly gave us a ride of our lives. After clutching the front of our seats for over 30 minutes we were then transported back to Akaroa, through the windy hills of Banks Peninsula with enough time to enjoy the local shops/market, test the pleasant sea water and enjoy a famous New Zealand ice cream. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Akaroa or anyone participating in a shore excursion. It was fantastic as we had time to take in the beauty of Akoroa village, experience the amazing Banks Peninsula, see the city of Christchurch and participate in high speed jetboating on the Waimak River all in one day. Definitely a memorable and worthwhile experience.

Alan F

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2018

Jet boat was great. Quick stop for lunch was not good. Long trip to Christchurch.

Eleanor K

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

Wild and wooly ride- got stuck but we didn't have to get out of boat into icey wate to haul the boat off the rocksr- guide was most pleasant

ecaprop

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

This was a good trip. The jet boat ride was really exciting. Lots of long rides in a bus.

Alexandra G

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2017

Sorry, this was the tour we took not the one rated and it was very good.

1yellowvett

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2017

Jet boat ride was fantastic, Christchurch tour was ok

jenndavebuck

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Lovely scenery could have done with a Moore modern bus we transferred to a mini bus for Christchurch tour and jet boat ride which was better, jet ride was great 360 turns and speed great weather got better as day went still a good trip

Michael R

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2016

The jet boat was exciting and lots of fun. Be aware that the Waimak River is more than an hour's drive from the beautiful, idyllic town of Akaroa. Not that driving through the gorgeous New Zealand countryside is a problem. We wish we had had more time to explore the botanical garden in Christchurch--were only allotted about 15 minutes. All in all, a long day, but a good one.

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