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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch & Banks Peninsula

Product ID: 168876
Discover Akaroa and the surrounding countryside with this incredible sightseeing tour. Explore Banks Peninsula, admire the breathtaking views of Akaroa Harbor and learn about earthquake damage and recovery in Christchurch.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 10:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Explore Akaroa, Akaroa Harbor, and the Banks Peninsula
  • Discover Christchurch City, Botantical Gardens, Hill Suburbs and Harbor on a guided tour
  • Benefit from complimentary pick-up and drop off from your cruise ship
Full description
Explore Akaroa and the surrounding area with this informative tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers. After arriving in Akaroa port, depart for Christchurch along the Akaroa Highway and take in the breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbor, Little River and the Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere. 

On arriving in Christchurch, wander through the stunningly beautiful botanical gardens before joining a sightseeing tour with an expert local guide. Visit some of the city's most important historical sites and landmarks. In the heart of the city center, learn about the terrible earthquake damage and the recovery efforts that were made. 

Heading down to the coastline, take a stroll through beach suburbs to Lyttelton and the Sign of Takahe, where you can enjoy a wonderful overview of Christchurch - and some fantastic photo opportunities. After an exciting day exploring Chirstchurch, sit back and relax as you are driven back to Akaroa in plenty of time to join your cruise ship.
  • Guided tour
  • Transport
  • Commentary
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please walk to the end of the Akaroa Wharf - on the right please wait by the historic Cannon. Your tour representative on the day will have a name board with the clients surname on it. Be ready by 10:20 AM.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is an option from Akaroa to Christchurch specifically designed for cruise ship passengers
• Departs Akaroa at 10:30 AM and leaves Christchurch at 3:00 PM, returning Akaroa by 4:30 PM to ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure
• New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the year - bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Scotty, our guide, was knowledgeable, fun, witty and helpful. He used his time with us to inform and entertain us, as well as prepare us to maximize our enjoyment at each stop. His knowledge of local history and geography was exceptional and he was disbursed this information with confidence and wit. He read his audience well and tailored his repartee accordingly.

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March 21, 2020

Rob was the perfect Tour Guide for this wonderful excursion. His knowledge was spot on and his pride in New Zealand shone through. He was always on hand to answers questions and was an excellent driver along these high and narrow roads. He gave us adequate free time and made sure we were all safe and happy. His personality was very likeable and he seemed to enjoy our company too, which was nice. We were picked up and dropped of well within the time frame, which was reassuring as we had to take tenders into account. Could not fault Rob in any way and would recommend this excursion 100%.

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March 1, 2020

I liked the excursion !! The trip is a bit long but it is the only way to know that city that was almost destroyed by an earthquake, because the roads are mountain! The guide is very good and then return by a different road in some parts so this was enjoyable

January 25, 2020

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Product ID: 168876