Encounter Akaroa, a French-inspired coastal town located on the Banks Peninsula, on a private day tour from Christchurch. After pick-up from your hotel, set off for the 90-minute scenic drive to Akaroa. On arrival, discover magnificent harbor views, glistening waters, historic buildings, and fine food.
Grab your camera for amazing pictures at Hilltop Tavern for captivating harbor views over the glistening waters of Akaroa. Feast your taste buds on delicious artisan cheese at Barrys Bay Cheese Factory, where they have produced hand-crafted cheese since 1895. Enjoy complimentary samples and glimpse the cheese-making process from the large viewing window. Explore Akaroa town on foot, discover boutique shops, and enjoy lunch (own expense) at one of the many waterfront cafes.
Climb onboard a spectacular 2-hour harbour nature cruise in Akaroa Harbor. Enjoy the fascinating history and rich variety of marine life exclusive to New Zealand's waters. View the giant volcanic cliffs, sea caves and a breathtaking volcanic amphitheatre. Spot the unique Hectors dolphin (the world's smallest and rarest dolphin), white-flippered penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and more.
Upgrade to include a unique farm tour at Shamarra Alpaca Farm. Get up close and personal with over 130 grazing Alpacas while enjoying breathtaking views of Akaroa Harbor. Gain a brief insight into Alpacas' history, wander through herds of these majestic beauties, and browse through a selection of luxurious knitwear. Enjoy the scenic return journey along Summit Road (time and weather permitting) with fascinating views, before drop off back to your pick-up location in Christchurch.