1. New Zealand
  2. Canterbury
  3. Christchurch
  4. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Akaroa: Christchurch City Sights and Wildlife Excursion

Product ID: 204577
Discover the city highlights of Christchurch and then visit the Banks Peninsula for a guided tour of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve to view the iconic Kiwi alongside other New Zealand native animals and fauna.
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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  • Admire a variety of native New Zealand animals including kiwis, tuatara & takahe
  • Enjoy an excursion through the rolling hills and lush scenery of Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula
  • Explore at the pictureesque botanical gardens
  • Visit the sights of the city on a tour through Christchurch
Full description
The tour departs from the port of Akaroa and travels via the Akaroa Highway with breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains.

On arriving in Christchurch, and following a stop at the nearby botanical gardens, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights and landmarks, many of which were badly damaged in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. See for yourself the devastating destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is currently taking place.

After your tour of the city, continue on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for a walk around the reserve and an introduction into the nature of New Zealand. Listen to your guide talk about and show some of the species that make up the country’s unique native wildlife, flora, and culture. Then, see some of New Zealand’s most endangered species, including the iconic kiwi, and learn about the work being done to preserve them.
  • Driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fees and activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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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
Know before you go
• At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
• A small amount of walking is involved
• Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
• Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Customer reviews
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Guide and tour company was good but the distance to travel from Akaroa was too far, an hour and a half to get to Christchurch, didn’t feel worth it. The wildlife park was good, great guided tour of the NZ section I didn’t know anything about New Zealand wildlife and it was quite interesting. The Kiwi is a nocturnal animal and very scared / shy we could only make out its silhouette moving around the enclosure. Even though I wanted to see it, of course they shouldn’t stress the animal so humans can view it. They are doing awesome work trying to rebuild the kiwi population.

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January 4, 2020

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Product ID: 204577