Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour And Jet Boat On Waimak River

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Rd, 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.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, then enjoy one of the adrenaline-charged adventures New Zealand is famous for on a wild jet-boating ride on the Waimak River. Combining the grand urban architecture of Christchurch and the exhilarating experience of jet-boating, youll see both sides of New Zealand on this city and river shore excursion.


  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Led by a local 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

Pass By: Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

Depart the Botanical Gardens for a brief Christchurch City tour highlighting city landmarks and the rebuild of city centre after the 2011 Earthquake.

Stop At: Alpine Jet Thrills Limited

Enjoy an exhilarating Jet boat ride, The Braided Blast, on the snow-fed Waimakariri River in the shallow river flats. Speed and spin in waters that is sometimes only centimetres deep.

Duration: 35 minutes

Pass By: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

Travel back to Akaroa via the Banks Peninsula to board your cruise ship.


Port pickup and drop-off

Local guide

Jet-boat ride

Covered by Viators worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship


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

Life-vests and splash-proof jackets provided on jet-boat

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

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

The minimum age for jet-boating is two years of age.

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 07-Feb-2020

    The time in Christchurch was too rushed due to time constraints. We spent way too much time sitting and waiting at the Antartic Museum after we dropped people there. Then at the last minute they decided we needed to go inside the museum and get a quick bite to eat on the bus. Felt very unorganized and rushed. The Jet Boat ride was AMAZING. It is the only thing that saved the tour in my opinion.

  • 30-Jan-2019

    The jet-boat driver ( Malcolm?), was extremely confident and professional! The ride was exhilarating and informative about the sport of racing such boats. The 'raw power' of the engine and its pump which propelled the boat in only about 60mm water depth just above rocks and pebbles made it a " must epxperience"; stongly recommended!

  • 04-Dec-2018

    We were picked up in Akaroa for our trip to Christchurch. Our guide was very informative and we had a great time on the river. We can highly recommend this trip

  • 05-Apr-2018

    Very beautiful country side. The bus ride is a bit long but it was worth it with stops in Christchurch and then the river for our jet boat ride. The jet boat ride was very fun even with a light rain falling.

  • 23-Mar-2018

    Beautiful scenery!! The city tour was great. The jet boat ride amazing a professional jet boat race driver!!

  • 22-Mar-2018

    We took a large bus to get from Akaroa to Christchurch and after switching drivers in Christchurch, it just wasn't fun anymore. The woman wasn't chatty and was more into taking us back to the ship on time. The jet boat experience was fun tho, as we sped through the river, experiencing several donuts along the way.

  • 17-Mar-2018

    we had a very informative guide and the boat ride was great

  • 23-Feb-2018

    Jet boat was great. Quick stop for lunch was not good. Long trip to Christchurch.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    This tour was great. Picked up on time from Akaroa wharf. Small group from cruise ship. Comfortable coach. Commentary all the way. Toured around Christchurch and the rebuilding. Sad to see that so many of the buildings had been damaged. Lovely parks and gardens. Afterwards we went on a Jet Boat on the Waimak River. Fantastic fun. Highly recommended. We were back in Akaroa in plenty of time to rejoin our ship after a very enjoyable day. Great excursion and well organized.

  • 16-Jan-2018

    Enjoyed this thoroughly. The jet boat experience was very enjoyable and we were the only boat on the river. The Banks Peninsula and Christchurch city tour were very informative and interesting. Woudl recommend this tour.

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