Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour And Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • 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 :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is in Akaroa-new-zealand">Akaroa port, and explore the city on a comprehensive tour. Your Akaroa shore excursion also includes a trip through the beautiful Banks Peninsula and a visit to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Meet the elusive kiwi, New Zealands national bird, along with exotic visitors including deer, wallabies, otters, gibbons and lemurs.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment

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Itinerary
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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: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island

The tour then moves on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. You will be given entry to the Wildlife Reserve and a guided tour of the reserves Natural New Zealand with Kiwi viewing.

Duration: 2 hours

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

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

Inclusions

Port pickup and drop-off

Local guide

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

Entry/Admission - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Exclusions

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

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

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Dec-2020

    Absolutely the best tour we had in New Zealand. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We were taken places the large buses would miss;. All in all a terrific excursion. Well worth it!

  • 22-Mar-2020

    Very long ride to and from. We did not think there was much to see in Christchurch. The Wildlife Reserve was not up to our expectations - did get to see 1 Kiwi Bird - very dark and hard to see.

  • 11-Feb-2020

    The drive was very informative and good, but the tour of the refuge, even by the staff manager was disappointing.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    The drive was very informative and good, but the tour of the refuge, even by the staff manager was disappointing.

  • 04-Feb-2020

    My husband and I enjoyed this excursion. Rob, our tour director, was very informative and we learned lots about the surrounding area and Christchurch. Although a 90 minute drive from Akaroa, it was worth it. The scenery along the way was lovely. The city tour was interesting, the botanical gardens were nice and the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve was not to be missed. We now have a better understanding of New Zealand's unique geography and biodiversity.

  • 07-Feb-2019

    The drive from Akaroa where ships dock, through Banks Peninsula to Christchurch is a long but interesting drive where you see much of the countryside. Christchurch is a magnificent city. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a family owned and operated place where animals are displayed for public viewing. They advertise that they participate in conservation of Kiwi's and other wildlife. If you imagine that this is a vast wildlife sanctuary it's not. It was interesting to go inside the Kiwi habitat they've created and also to go inside the large bird enclosures.

  • 31-Dec-2018

    Beautiful trip from ship port Akaroa to Christchurch But consumes a lot of the time of the tour. The Willowbank zoo was excellent and the guide, Matt, was phenomenally informative about NZ wildlife. But just too short a time for other features, the museum and garden.

  • 29-Dec-2018

    Beautiful trip from ship port Akaroa to Christchurch But consumes a lot of the time of the tour. The Willowbank zoo was excellent and the guide, Matt, was phenomenally informative about NZ wildlife. But just too short a time for other features, the museum and garden.

  • 22-Feb-2018

    Christchurch was some what disappointing because on the ongoing earthquake repairs. Willow bank was informative and fun. Actually saw a Kiwi bird eating in the dark.

  • 22-Feb-2018

    Christchurch was some what disappointing because on the ongoing earthquake repairs. Willow bank was informative and fun. Actually saw a Kiwi bird eating in the dark.

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