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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

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.

Nathan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The countryside scenery was beautiful and enjoyable. A great place to visit for the day.

Rachel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Good coach driver, lunch was tasty, Akaroa was great to walk around and a great way to see more of the countryside.

Judith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Akaroa is beautiful. Really enjoyed the cruise too.

Marianne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I loved the bus and habor boat trip to Akaroa. Being disabled and use a walker and my bus driver Shane was wonderful and so helpful and went over and above to make my day very special. The Black Cat Harbor boat staff both at the officegift shop and crew worked very hard to be sure I enjoyed everything. Anyone looking for a wonderful day trip to a beautiful area and the ability to see the New Zealand fur seals, Hector dolphins and the highlight was seeing the Little Penquins swimming in the water. Also seeing the many sea birds and the volcanic cliffs were such an amazing addition to this day tour.

Richard C D

4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

Traveled by motor coach to Akaroa. Stopped at a cheese factory which unfortunately was not producing cheese that day. Akaroa is a small quaint city with reasonably goo tourist shopping. Included in tour optional was lunch at Bully Hayes which was excellent. The real attraction of this tour was the boat trip through Akaroa Harbor. We saw seals, dolphins, and jelly fish. Once we were among the dolphins the crew manuvered the boat to stay with the dolphins. Also brought us within feet of the cliffs to see the seals. Had previously entered Akaroa harbor on a cruise ship and never noticed what we saw on the tour boat.


4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

The town of Akaroa is quaint and charming and our boat ride was fun. Thankfully the boat was not overly crowded as we ran around the edges trying to see the Hector Dolphins and other wildlife. The van ride was less enjoyable. Our driver was nice but tended to mumble and was difficult to hear at times, especially without his microphone set on and perhaps partly due to the noisy older van reason only 4 stars. Everything went according to plan, unfortunately we did not see any whales or sharks and only a few Dolphins, but it was fun being out on the water. The tour forgot to tell the restaurant, Bully Hays, about dietary issues, but they were accommodating and friendly.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

A rather long drive with some beautiful scenery along the way. Great lunch. Loved the boat ride!


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Very good location and amenities. However, reception timing needs to increase from the present level for better customer service.

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