Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour From Christchurch

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Your centrally located Christchurch Hotel or Motel
    Dates: Daily Departures
    Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30p.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a Sightseeing tour to Akaroa through the spectacular scenery surrounding Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes. The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbor and Akaroa village. Experience a Nature Cruise with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. The Tour also includes a delightful lunch at Bully Hayes Restaurant.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Following a morning pickup by air-conditioned coach from your Christchurch hotel, head out along the road to Akaroa to begin your tour. Pass scenic local highlights such as Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River, and capture the countrys breath-taking beauty on camera, travel over the beautiful Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes. The aptly named "Hill Top" gives glorious views of Akaroa Harbor & the remote bays and farmlands. The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbor and Akaroa village, the only French settlement established in New Zealand.

Visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory for a cheese tasting of locally made cheeses, the only remaining cheese factory on the peninsula from a bygone era. Next you can enjoy the quaint colonial architecture and wander around the charming 150 year old French harbor side village of Akaroa with its museum of settlers' history, art and craft shops and studios and al fresco cafes and wine bars.

Lunch at the popular Bully Hayes Restaurant nestled in the Akaroa Village, In the afternoon enjoy a 2 hour nature and harbor cruise on the Canterbury Cat, you'll experience a rich variety of marine and bird life in their natural habitat, including the unique and playful Hector's dolphins, as you hear about Akaroas fascinating past. The Hector's Dolphin is the world's smallest oceanic dolphin.

In the late-afternoon, hop back aboard your coach for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your tour will come to an end.


Lunch - (if option chosen)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 25-Feb-2020

    The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. We enjoyed all aspects of this trip. It was a great day.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    Great scenic son the road. Driver took different route on the return. That made the trip worthwhile. But driver picked up the group almost hour late after his promised time. Only to find out he did another service in between.

  • 04-Feb-2020

    Lovely and easy day tour to Akaroa. Our guide, Scott, did a wonderful job and made the most of our time by taking us along the scenic ways to Akaroa and keeping us informed about the history of the area and answering my many questions. The ride onto the bay was fun and we saw Hectors dolphins, birds, seals, and beautiful views. This is an easier day tour than going to Kaikoura so if you're looking for an alternative, this is it!

  • 01-Jan-2020

    The tour was very well organised; our tour guide Rob was friendly and provided a lot of information about Christchurch, earthquakes and Akaroa's history. The day was clear and cruise was excellent and we got to see the dolphins, and the colony of seals. Overall we had a great time.

  • 04-Dec-2019

    This was a really great tour with stunning views and a great guide! Would definitely do it again. Highly recommend.

  • 02-Dec-2019

    I enjoyed the company and commentary of Rob, our driver on the way to and from Akaroa. We stopped several times at lookouts for photo opportunities and the information about the area was interesting and insightful. The town of Akaroa is a lovely little touristy place with interesting shops, a local market on the day I visited and an interesting private library and secondhand bookshop with many books about the local area. The 2-hour boat tour was amazing on the Black Cat Harbour Cruise. We saw many small Hector's dolphins swimming with the bow wave of the boat, NZ fur seals on rocky outcrops and were lucky to spot the rarely seen yellow-eyed penguin making its way slowly down a cliff face.

  • 27-Nov-2019

    Great guide but tour overall not well planned - we were left with way too much time to kill in a small town. The cruise was scenic but the boat was very hot.

  • 20-Nov-2019

    Our day trip was awesome! Beautiful scenery, great harbor ride with lots of dolphins, seals, fish, birds, good lunch. Rob was our guide and he is fabulous! I highly recommend this trip. Ask for Rob and you will love it!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Jerry, the driver/guide was energetic and professional. His lively talks added value to a trip which itself was already value for money. The lunch was delicious and the restaurant was good. The boat ride was of course the highlight of the day with dolphins and penguins racing alongside the boat! Well, the boat did rock violently when it stopped close to a big colony of seals playing on the rocks.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Wonderful day, beautiful views, fantastic lunch. Can recommend this hand on heart beautiful tour. Fantastic tour guide, very knowlegable and friendly, nothing was difficult!

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