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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Sights and Jet Boating

Product ID: 204904
A shore excursion from Akaroa port that combines a brief city highlights tour of central Christchurch with a 30 minute jetboat ride on the Waimakariri River.
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

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  • Travel through the rolling hills and scenery of Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula, with commentary from an expert guide
  • Explore the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch city
  • Discover Christchurch city centre, learning about the earthquake damage, rebuild efforts and notable existing landmarks
  • Experience an exhilarating jetboat ride on the snow-fed Waimakariri River
  • Benefit from complimentary pick-up and drop off from your cruise ship
Full description
Depart from Akaroa port experiencing the picturesque beauty of the Banks Peninsula along the Akaroa highway, passing by Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps, and the Canterbury Plains.

Upon arrival in Christchurch, enjoy a quick stop to explore the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Begin a guided tour which focuses on city landmarks and the city centre which was badly damaged by two earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Learn about the destruction of the city centre and the rebuild that is taking place.

Following the tour of Christchurch city centre, head north to the Waimakariri River. On a 30 minute ride, experience the thrills of jetboating as the vessel speeds and spins in waters that are sometimes only a few centimetres deep. Speed through shallow, shifting, and ever changing courses of shingle bottom streams. After the jetboat ride, enjoy a relaxing journey back to Arakoa to reboard your ship.
  • Driver and guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Christchurch city guided tour
  • 30 minute jetboat ride on the Waimakariri River
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Akaroa Wharf, 8 State Highway 3, Westmere, New Zealand. At the end of the Wharf, there is a park to your right with a Canon statue placed close to the entrance. A representative will meet you there. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour departs.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• This is an option from Akaroa to Christchurch specifically designed for cruise ship passengers

• At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time.

• Departs Akaroa at 10:30 AM and returns to Akaroa by 4:30 PM to ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure

• A small amount of walking is involved - comfortable walking shoes are recommended

• New Zealand weather can be very changeable - please bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
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The most amazing boat ride i have ever had

7 December 2019

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Product ID: 204904