• Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

Nature Cruise

Customer Reviews

Inacio R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Jennifer S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!

Teresa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Ride from Christchurch was scenic. The boat ride was beautiful and the view of Hector's dolphins was fantastic. Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Wonderful experience, we were able to see the penguins and seals.

Anne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

The trip to Akaroa by mini van was an enjoyable trip, we were the only passengers on the trip and the driver was very informative. The mist obscured a lot of the views as it was still quite early in the morning.
The stop at the cheese factory was a pleasant experience and we bought cheese to have that evening and to take home. This proved an easy experience as long as the cheese is not opened.
On arrival at Akaroa we discovered that a cruise liner was in town and this made the area quite busy. We strolled around the main area of town and visited the historic church. It is worth the visit as it is a small chapel with a lot of history.
Having a beautiful lunch was easy at Bully Hayes as all was booked and ready for us, even with the crowd from the cruise.
We boarded the Black Cat cruise quite easily and enjoyed the crew who showed skill in putting us in areas that produced Dolphins, Seals and beautiful sights.
On the return journey our driver took a different route so that we were able to take magnificent photos of the harbour and scenery.
All in all a wonderful day and worth the effort to take in.

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really excellent trip on the Black Cat in Akaroa Habour with sightings of seals, penguins, dolphins and many others.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour. The driver/guide was wonderful the boat trip was amazing - we saw fur seal cubs, dolphins, and little blue penguins. I would recommend this to anyone going to Akaroa.

Lynne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The travel organiser did not have the minimum numbers required, but organised an excellent alternative. The bus driver was very pleasant, chatty and informative, but did not overdo the commentary. The included meal was generous and fresh and selected from a set menu. The boat trip was well managed with a knowledgeable commentary, and due to the calm weather the boat was able to leave the heads and show us interesting rock formations as well as many seals. The Hector dolphins were busy in the harbor and we had plenty of opportunity to watch them, but photographing them was tricky. I would have liked more time to spend looking around Akaroa, but I still walked along the sea front and did some shopping.

Claudia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour guide of our small group was more than wonderful. She was funny and shared lots if informations and insights with us. It's so great to have a tour guide who is still amazed by what she shows us. She went on the nature trip with us and was excited as we were when we saw a huge group of dolphins playing right next to the boat, as well as a penguin and lots of seals. Highly recommended!

John N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had an excellent driver/tour guide, and the combination of a beautiful through the Banks Peninsula and our visit to Akora made for a very good day. The harbor trip was spectacular.

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