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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch & Antarctic Centre

Product ID: 168882
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Discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch on a unique sightseeing experience from Akaroa. Visit some of Christchurch's important historical landmarks and take a trip to the International Antarctic Center to meet the penguins!
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Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 10:30 AM
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Discover Akaroa, Akaroa Harbor, and Bank Peninsula
  • Explore the International Antarctic Centre with admission and informative guided tour
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Christchurch
  • Benefit from complimentary pick-up and drop off from your cruise ship
Full description
Explore Akaroa and Christchurch 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, see for yourself the destruction wreaked by an earthquake and learn about the recovery and rebuilding efforts that are being made. 

After exploring the city, head to the International Antarctic Center in Christchurch for a fully guided tour. Wander through a recreation of an Antarctic landscape, including a snow and ice experience, take an exhilarating Hagglund ride or meet the center's gang of penguins! The birds held at the center have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks, and due to physical disabilities many would not survive alone in the wild. 

Following an exciting day exploring Christchurch, sit back and relax as you're driven back to Akaroa in plenty of time to reboard your cruise ship. 
  • Full commentary
  • Transportation
  • Experienced guide
  • Christchurch city sightseeing tour
  • Admission and guided tour of the International Antarctic Center
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Address: 83 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand. Please walk to the end of the Akaroa Wharf and on the right wait by the historic cannon. Your tour representative on the day will have a name board with your surname on it. Please be there at 10:20 AM ready for a 10:30 AM departure.

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Important information
Know before you go
• New Zealand weather can be very changeable - please bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
• All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's arrival and departure times, but if you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure, the local operator guarantees to get you to the next port of call

From £74.58 per person

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Product ID: 168882