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While your cruise ship is docked in Akaroa port, take a guided shore excursion to Christchurch and nearby Canterbury via the scenic bays and coves of the Banks Peninsula. Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and other highlights during a city sightseeing tour, then see sheep dogs and a sheep-shearing demonstration as you get a feel for rural life on an authentic New Zealand sheep farm. Afternoon tea and round-trip port transport are included.


  • Banks Peninsula, Christchurch tour and sheep farm visit from Akaroa port
  • Walk through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • See central Christchurch and the rebuilding process after the earthquake
  • Visit a sheep farm to see sheep dogs at work and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration
  • 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 Sheep Farm Tour

Sheep dogs at work

Start your shore excursion with convenient pickup at the Akaroa cruise port, where your knowledgeable guide departs for the nearby city of Christchurch. You’ll follow a scenic route along the Banks Peninsula, a volcanic region situated on the east coast of the South Island. 

On arrival in ‘The Garden City,’ soak up the highlights of New Zealand's second-largest city during a guided tour. Walk through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens; see the Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance; and learn about recovery efforts after the 2011 earthquake destroyed much of the city center.

Then set out into the Canterbury Plains, traveling just 30 minutes from Christchurch into the heart of sheep-farming country. You’ll visit a working sheep farm, set in a bucolic locale. Admire the sheep dogs rounding up the flock, then pet the sheep and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration — you can even try your hand at it, if you wish. 

Enjoy afternoon tea before your 6-hour tour ends at the cruise port to meet your ship.

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

Samuel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A long ride but well worth it.

Sheila T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Enjoyed this tour very much. The sheep farm was interesting and like the three legged border collie that could still run and herd the sheep extremely well. It was sad to see the parts of Christchurch that are still in bad shape 5 years after the earthquake.

C John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Pleasant surprise, very interesting learning about the different kinds of sheep and all the

work that goes into processing wool.

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing! We enjoyed the tour very much, however, it would be even more perfect if there were more sheep in the demonstration!


4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Unique and unusual tour. Gave a good insight into local life of a sheep farmer.

George C

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

great tour guide, need to start earlier and have a stop for lunch

Glen T

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Christchurch was a bit boring, lots of 'there use to be ........' about what had been in a spot befor the earthquakes. Terrible devistation. The sheep farm was fun, we got to try our hand at shearing a sheep!!!!

Elizabeth G

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

We loved the sheep farm tour. The owner was very informative and interesting to watch the dog work the sheep heard. Lunch was provided at the farm and great conversation with the owner. Not enough time at Christchurch since we had to leave the group to go to the farm. Would have liked more time there.

Craig D

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

We stopped in Akaroa for one day while cruising New Zealand. The tour took us from Akaroa to Christchurch. The guide wasn't too knowledgable and seemed a bit disorganized. We stopped at the Botanical Gardens, but we were only given about 15 minutes to see it. A second tour guide met a small group of us in Christchurch. She was much better than the first guide. She drove us through Christchurch and showed us the destruction associated with the earthquake a few years ago. It was very interesting. The highlight of the tour was the farm tour. It was a very small operation, but the farmer couldn

Frank F

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

We had a bit of a 'glitch' with overbooking at the beginning of the tour in Akaroa but Brian straightened it out and all was great. We particularly liked meeting Ivor at the sheep farm. He was great and the simple lunch was an unexpected 'treat'.


Frank Foster

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