Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula And Christchurch City Sights Tour

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  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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.
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While your ship is in port in Akaroa Harbour, take a shore excursion to tour the scenic Banks Peninsula and visit the city of Christchurch. Youll see how Christchurch is emerging from the devastation of the 2011 earthquake. Take a brief stroll through the citys beautiful botanic gardens and admire New Zealands magnificent scenery.


  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Akaroa Village Inn

First you will be collected at the park at the end of Akaroa Wharf (opposite the Akaroa Village Inn) at 10.30am and driven through the village of Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula with stunning views of rolling hills, lakes and coastlines before arriving in Christchurch.

Stop At: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

After boarding our coaches from the Akaroa Port, we'll take you through to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens & Christchurch Museum via the scenic Banks Peninsula. Explore on your own for 30 minutes.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

After a some time at the Botanic Gardens, your driver will take you for a sightseeing tour of the central city and highlight the Earthquake damage of 2011. After which, stop for a 45 minute lunch break in the city.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Lyttelton, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

Explore the township of Sumner (time permitting) and the beautiful port town of Lyttelton Harbour for beautiful sights of Governors Bay.

Pass By: Sign of the Takahe

Drive up the port hills to the Sign of the Takahe for stunning views of the city, Southern Alps, and Canterbury coastline (time permitting a stop will be made so you can walk to the viewing platform). Finally return to Akaroa in time for your tender with the cruise ship.


Port pickup and drop-off


Air-conditioned vehicle

Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

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  • 28-Feb-2020

    The Akaroa port is a tender port about 2 hours away from Christchurch so a lot of time is spent on the bus. Yes, you do see the countryside, but in all honesty it is not that interesting. The time in Christchurch is too short to really see anything in depth. I would not recommend this tour.

  • 25-Feb-2020

    We arrived at the check in point and met by a friendly representative of the tour company who advised us it would be around 30 minutes before our bus was allowed at the pick up point. This gave us some time to walk up through the street and see a little of Akaroa a delightful small port with various shops and cafe’s.
    At the given time we were met by our coach driver and tour guide Ian who was extremely knowledgable and friendly. The journey to Christchurch was through some wonderful scenery/countryside. Arriving in Christchurch Ian gave us a very detailed commentary including lots of information about the earthquake and work carried out (or not) since. Although the main shopping area has been rebuilt many areas show the scars of what happened. We had ample free time to walk around the central area and have some lunch. This was a very good day tour if you want to visit Christchurch and much cheaper than a similar tour taken through the ship. I would highly recommend this tour. Thank you Ian for a great trip.

  • 24-Feb-2020

    Although the pick up was a bit confusing, we were finally guided to the correct bus. Our driver/guide provided very good commentary regarding the 2011 earthquake and its impact on the city of Christchurch. We felt more detail could have been provided for sites both going to and returning from Christchurch. Although the stop in Christchurch was great, we felt it could have been longer ( it appeared the greatest concern was to get us back to the cruise ship early). The itinerary on the website needs to be updated as the stop at the cathedral cannot be done as it is still in ruins. We also did not stop or explore the town of Sumner/Lyttelton as the itinerary indicated, instead having a small break in Little River.

  • 20-Feb-2020

    This was a great trip. Beautiful scenery and very interesting. Excellent and informative commentary by our driver Bruce.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    Wished we had more time in and around Christchurch. Because the drive took awhile, we didn't spend a lot of time there. More riding on the coach than walkng I'm afraid. Nice driver/guide though.

  • 11-Feb-2020

    We were on a 50 passenger bus, so that eliminates the opportunity to ask questions. it was a long day of driving to see Christchurch, but I wanted to go there, so I don't know how it could have been otherwise - except others on our ship saw Christchurch AND stopped to see a sheep shearing and dogs working sheep. I was envious of them. We saw all that was advertised in the tour and it was very good.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    Unfortunately this tour was not possible due to wave action that prevented our ship (Ruby Princess) from deploying tenders so we had to bypass Akaroa

  • 05-Feb-2020

    Akaroa is a quiet idyllic little port was that the gateway for our excursion to Christchurch. It was not our destination but we still enjoyed the beauty and serenity it had to offer, brief as our stay was. Our journey to Christchurch was led by guide and driver Scotty who warned us that he enjoyed talking and had a lot to say. That he did and he was well worth listening to. We were given an overview of the land, the people and history of the region. Christchurch was an incredible place to visit, well on its way to recovering from the earthquake devastation of 2010. The botanical gardens were magnificent and the city and people a great place to experience.

  • 03-Feb-2020

    Great coach ride up to Christ Church with Scotty! He was an excellent tour guide. The view were fabulous.

  • 30-Jan-2020

    Tour guide - Scottie - was excellent! We learned a lot about the area during the drive times. Very good schedule.

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