• 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

Gabriela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Hermoso paseo, paisajes divinos. El guia muy ameno. El paseo en barco el pico de la excursion con la vista de los delfines.

Jacqueline A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was fantastic! We had a delightful day in Akaroa to include a delicious lunch, time to walk around the town, and a delightful boat ride along the coast and back into the harbor.

Patti H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved this tour! Cally was wonderful, upbeat and full of good information. We saw fur seals, albatross and blue penguins on the boat trip. Lunch at Bully Hayes was delicious and we had plenty of time to eat as well as explore Akoroa. A perfect day!

Richard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Although the weather was rainy, the Driver/Commentator was great. She kept us well informed of the areas we drove through. She accomodated us by making an additional short stop in the french section of Akaroa. With the cancellation of the boat due to the poor weather conditions, she was able to make alternative schedule by going to the Antarctic Museum.

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.

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