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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

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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


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!!!


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.

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