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.
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!
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.
The countryside scenery was beautiful and enjoyable. A great place to visit for the day.
Good coach driver, lunch was tasty, Akaroa was great to walk around and a great way to see more of the countryside.
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.
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.
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.
A rather long drive with some beautiful scenery along the way. Great lunch. Loved the boat ride!
Very good location and amenities. However, reception timing needs to increase from the present level for better customer service.
Could not hear the bus driver telling all the history and interesting items along the way - very frustrating !
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