Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour
1 to 3 hours
Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.Nestled on the East Coast of the South Island, the quiet seaside town of Akaroa is best known for its volcanic hills and the dolphins that are found in the bay. On this self-guided audio tour, you will enjoy the tranquil setting and the stunning natural views along the harbour. You will also see the old lighthouse and learn about its interesting French history at the Akaroa Museum. Visit the town wharf, whale try pots, war memorial, corner of Lavaud and Balguerie, St Patrick's Catholic Church, the Old French cemetery, the giant's house, French forecourt and Rue Jolie. Known as the Paris of New Zealand this tour will delight and enthral all at your own pace.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Akaroa Museum, 71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520 New ZealandVisit the War Memorial of Akaroa and learn about its historyDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Akaroa Lighthouse, Beach Road, Akaroa, Akaroa New ZealandVisit the impressive six-sided wooden lighthouse in Akaroa and learn about its fascinating historyDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, 81 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520 New ZealandVisit the War Memorial of Akaroa and learn about its historyDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, Rue Lavaud Banks Peninsula, Akaroa 2004 New ZealandSt. Patrick's Catholic Church AkaroaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: The Giant's House, 70 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520 New ZealandThe Giant House AkaroaTown Wharf, Whaling Trypots, War Memorial, Corner of Lavaud and Balguerie, Old French Cemetery, Giants House, French Forecourt, Rue Jolie, Old LighthouseDuration: 15 minutes Special Offer - Book by September 4 to sa
Two-Hour Local Akaroa Sights with Port Pickup and Drop Off
Board your air-conditioned coach at the Akaroa Wharf and travel through Takamatua, Robinsons Bay, Duvauchelles and Barry's Bay. Enjoy cheese tasting at Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, before embarking on the ride up the hill to the Hill Top Tavern where you are welcome to purchase refreshments and snap photos of the breathtaking views of Akarao. Your tour coach driver will provide a full commentary on this two-hour tour.This tour is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers with a desire for a short local tour, allowing free time to enjoy optional activities in Akaroa, shopping, wine and food.On your arrival into Akaroa, please report to the Akaroa French Connection kiosk to receive your boarding pass. Then simply board your tour coach and prepare for a journey of a lifetime. Sit back, relax, and experience the magical wonders of Akaroa.Your coach captain will provide an informative commentary of the local history of Akaroa as you depart and travel through Takamatua, Robinson’s Bay, Davauchelles and Barry’s Bay. Travel up the hill to the Hill Top Tavern and cast your eyes over the picturesque views of Akaroa.Travel the renowned Summit Road around to Pigeon Bay Road with photo stops en-route as required (at least two). • 11.30am depart Akaroa Wharf • 1st stop – Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory – Approximately 20 minutes - enjoy a selection of traditional hand crafted cheeses from this award winning privately owned business. • 2nd stop – Hill Top Tavern – Approximately 20-30 minutes – an opportunity to purchase refreshments and snap photos of the panoramic views. • 1:30pm – Arrival at Akaroa Wharf – free time to enjoy local refreshments and activities before boarding your cruise ship.
Full-Day Round-Trip Tour from Akaroa Wharf
Board your coach at the Akaroa Wharf and travel non-stop direct to Christchurch City via Little River, Tai Tapu, and Halswell. On arrival at the Canterbury Museum, disembark the shuttle coach to scout out the activities and sights that interest you. Enjoy a comfortable ride back to Akaroa Wharf.Upon your arrival to Akaroa, please report to the Akaroa French Connection kiosk to receive your boarding pass. Then simply board your tour coach and prepare for the journey of a lifetime. Sit back, relax, and experience the magical wonders of Akaroa, Christchurch City and the panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.Your coach captain will provide an informative commentary of the local history of Akaroa as your depart and travel to Christchurch City passing through Takamatua, Robins Bay, Davauchelles and Barry’s Bay. Travel up the hill to the Hill Top Tavern and cast your eyes over the picturesque views of Akaroa.On arrival at the Canterbury Museum, you will disembark the coach and enjoy free time to experience the local activities of your choice, including the Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Gothic-styled Arts Centre, Art Gallery, Punting on the Avon, The Container Mall (a temporary mall built from shipping containers after the earthquake), or ride the restored heritage Trams, one of the city’s leading attractions, allowing you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please.You will then board back to the original departure point.
Akaroa Return Shuttle from Christchurch
Direct shuttle between Christchurch and Akaroa. First shuttle out of Christchurch each day. Coincides with Akaroa activities such as Harbor Cruises and Swimming with the Dolphins.Includes informative commentary and a stop at the Hill Top for scenic photos.Direct shuttle between Christchurch and Akaroa. First shuttle out of Christchurch each day. Coincides with Akaroa activities such as Harbor Cruises, Swimming with the Dolphins and Farm visits etc. The Express services operates October – April departing Christchurch at 8.30am and returning from Akaroa at 3:45pm.Service departs from Rolleston Avenue outside i-Site and Canterbury Museum. Complimentary pick-ups from selected city accommodation. Airport pickups available on request (Additional charge). Enjoy panoramic views of Banks Peninsula, stop at Little River to visit art gallery, view of Akaroa from the Hill Top.In Akaroa visit the delightful seaside town that has a distinctly French flavor, cafes, specialty shops, original settlement architecture and a host of colorful characters await you.
Christchurch and Banks Peninsula Sightseeing Tour
This tour is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers arriving in Akaroa with a desire for a memorable experience, including panoramic photo opportunities, shopping, food, and a variety of activities of your choice.Travel by luxury coach via the Scenic Summit road with panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour, Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch City on this 6-hour tour. Experience local history surrounding Banks Peninsula, which is home to two extinct volcanoe,s with informative commentary from your driver. Stunning views of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains, Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum and the Container Shopping Mall. Entrance fees, food and drinks are not included with this tour.This tour is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers arriving in Akaroa with a desire for a memorable experience, including panoramic photo opportunities, shopping, food, and a variety of activities of your choice.Upon arrival in Akaroa, please report to the Akaroa French Connection kiosk to check in and receive your boarding pass. Then simply board our tour coach and prepare for the journey of a lifetime. Sit back, relax, and experience the magical wonders of Akaroa, Christchurch City and the panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.The coach captain will provide informative commentary of the local history of Akaroa as your depart and travel to Christchurch City passing through Takamatua, Robins Bay, Davauchelles and Barry’s Bay. Travel up the hill to the Hill Top Tavern and cast eyes over the picturesque views of Akaroa.Tour duration: 10.00am – 16.25pm • 10.30am depart Akaroa Wharf • 1st stop – Little River – 10-15 minutes - Little River is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Akaroa, a tourist destination on Banks Peninsula, and 45 minutes’ drive from Christchurch City. It’s a great place to visit for walks and mountain biking, and is a very popular stop over for its cafe and art gallery. • 2nd stop – Sign of the
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife including dolphins, penguins and marine bird life on this Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise.Cruise on a modern 60 feet catamaran, perfect for viewing the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour. The vessel is the largest and most luxurious on the harbour. There's lots of space on the 2 decks for unenterrupted viewing and inside seating. The 2-hour cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of Akaria Harbour. On the two-hour cruise you will encounter wildlife plus the many sea caves and volcanic cliffs. As Akaroa Harbour was a live volcano nine million years ago, there is many spectacular ancient lava flows to be seen. One cliff has a sheer 500-foot face and has a fascinating history plus you will also see the incredible Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheater that will take your breath away. Catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world you'll also see the New Zealand Fur Seal sunning themselves on the harbors rocks near the entrance at Seal Bay. The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the sighting of one of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector Dolphin also known as the New Zealand Dolphin. These friendly and inquisitive mammals meet the boat most days throughout the year and their calves can be seen between October and March.
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
After your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a nature cruise across the harbor to spot dolphins and admire New Zealand’s stunning scenery. Look out for New Zealand’s friendly Hector’s dolphins, the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, and bring your camera along on your shore excursion to photograph soaring volcanic cliffs, secluded sea caves and tropical palm trees.Catch the tender to the main wharf when your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, making sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your nature cruise departs.Relax on your two-hour cruise across Akaroa Harbour and listen to the commentary about the harbor’s geography, wildlife and history provided by your knowledgeable skipper.Your luxurious cruise boat has two decks, providing shade, shelter and plenty of observation areas for uninterrupted wildlife and scenery viewing.As you cruise past volcanic cliffs and sea caves, keep a lookout for the world’s smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins, the New Zealand Hector’s dolphin. These friendly and inquisitive mammals meet the boat most days throughout the year and their calves can be seen between October and March.You might also see the world’s smallest penguin, the white-flippered blue penguin, or the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.See New Zealand fur seals sunbathing on the rocks at Seal Bay, and make a stop at Lucas Bay to see a salmon farm in operation. Hear how fingerlings to adult salmon are raised in cages here, the source of New Zealand’s world-famous Akaroa salmon.Your cruise also takes you past the sublime beauty of Scenery Nook, an amazing pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheater that will take your breath away.Your cruise ends with return to the Akaroa cruise dock.This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Akaroa. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covere
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a shore excursion to swim with dolphins. Akaroa’s beautiful sheltered harbor is the only place on the planet where you can swim with wild Hector’s dolphins, also known as the New Zealand dolphin. With a maximum of 12 swimming participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.Catch the tender to the main wharf when your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, making sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your swim with dolphins cruise departs.As your cruise heads into the calm waters of Akaroa Harbour, enjoy an on-board safety briefing from the highly trained crew.Learn how to swim with the little Hector’s dolphins without disturbing them and what to expect during your dolphin swim experience. Your crew are also on hand to offer tips and assistance if you’re new to snorkeling and wearing a wetsuit. All equipment is provided, including wetsuit, masks and snorkel, and there are hot showers available after your swim.Cruise out onto the harbor in a heated and covered jet-powered boat, then jump into the water to swim with New Zealand’s rare Hector’s dolphins. These mammals swim up to meet the boat, and their calves can be seen between October and March. Watch the dolphins dive and swim up close in the water, and hear them chuckle as they play.If you’d rather stay dry on board, enjoy the Dolphin Watch experience and the amazing spectacle of seeing your friends or family swimming and interacting with the dolphins in the water.Akoroa Harbour is a sheltered bay, the flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. With a group limit of 12 people per vessel, the Akaroa swimming with dolphins tour means it will be an even more intimate experience.The 3-hour dolphin tour is very popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure.This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your
Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with wild Hector's dolphins, also known as the New Zealand Dolphin, and that is the beautiful sheltered Akaroa Harbour.Akaroa Harbour is a sheltered harbour, a flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. With a group limit of 12 people per vessel, the Akaroa swimming with dolphins tour means it will be an even more intimate experience.The 3-hour dolphin tour is very popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure. Book now to avoid disappointment.You will be guaranteed a safe and memorable dolphin swim.Dolphin Sightseeing Guarantee - If you see dolphins but for some reason do not get to swim with them, then receive a part refund. 50% refund if no dolphins are found and a 25% refund if dolphins found but you are unable to swim with them. In the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81%. • All crew are highly trained. This means that you'll get a great briefing on how to interact with the dolphins and what to expect prior to your journey. They'll also give you safety instructions to allow you to enjoy your experience. If you are new to snorkeling and use of a wetsuit your crew will be on hand to help you out. • All equipment is provided including wetsuit, masks and snorkel. You only have to bring a swimsuit and a towel. With hot showers available. • The vessel is a heated, covered, jet powered catamaran. It's safer for you and the dolphins because there are no propellers. It's also heated so after your swim you can warm up quickly in the cabin.
Akaroa Surf Lesson & Guided Tour
3 hours 30 minutes
You will be met by your experienced and qualified surf guide who will transport you out to some of the Banks Peninsulas hidden gems. Tranquil, stunning, eastern bay beaches which are perfect for learning to surf.Along the way the guide will show you points of interest and share stories about this amazing volcanic area, have your camera ready as the views along the way are breath taking!The guide will lead you through a comprehensive lesson, this includes technique training on the beach and plenty of time to practice your skills in the water When the lesson comes to an end you will be provided with a snack and be transported back to Akaroa with photo stops along the way so that you can remember this amazing experience! The peaceful beaches with their turquoise water will stay in your hearts for ever!You will be met at our meeting place outside Ratatoiulle Restaurant by your local surf guide.Your guide will brief you on the plan for the day, you will sign a safety waiver and jump into the van and begin your Safari! You are getting a guided tour of the majestic Peninsula including driving up and over the summit road which has the best views of the area and they are simply incredible so have your camera ready!Your guide will take you out to one of the hidden , deserted Eastern bays which most tourists would never find their way to. These beaches have a tranquil, still beauty which rejuvenates the soul, and the bonus of perfect beginner waves which makes this area perfect for learning to surf!Your guide will unload the equipment upon your arrival and you will then get suited up, warm winter 5mm Quiksilver wetsuits will keep you toasty and warm!You will then be led through a comprehensive surf lesson including technique training on the beach and plenty of time to practice your new skills afterwards. Your surf guide will assist you into waves and give you helpful tips. Sometimes if you are lucky you may be fortunate enough to spot a Hecto
Shore Excursion: Scenic Cruiser Sea Kayaking Safaris in Akaroa
Our Guided Kayak Safari is a great way to spend your time ashore! This is a once in a lifetime chance to paddle through a marine reserve in an extinct volcano basin. Take in breath-taking scenery and witness amazing geology that is unique to the area. You will have the chance to experience some of the most endangered marine life on the planet including Hector Dolphins, White-flipper penguins, and native sea birds which reside in Akaroa Harbour if you are lucky! Your safari includes a break at remote a beach where you can relax or swim, enjoy a snack and explore. All of this is only 80 minutes from Christchurch! Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. So come and join us! Explore, Experience and Enjoy!Your tour begins with a relaxed and informative introduction briefing, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure on Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic basin waters. After your briefing, your experienced local guide will prepare your kayak for launch onto the water. Comfort and safety is always a priority. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will quietly paddle out and have chance to try out your new skills before heading off on your adventure. Escape from the crowds, noise of other boats, and hustle and bustle of normal life. You will gently paddle along through blue waters while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover. Exploring remote bays and inlets for around 60 minutes, you will engage with nature, witness mind blowing scenery and soak up the serenity of sea kayaking . Taking a comfort break on a remote beach for around 20 minutes you can explore, swim or simply soak up our pure New Zealand environment. Your guide will provide snacks while sharing stories about the area, our uni
Sunrise Kayaking Safari with Sea Wildlife in Akaroa
The Sunrise Wildlife Safari is our recommended Safari of the day! This is a once in a lifetime chance to paddle in an extinct volcano basin. Take in breath-taking scenery and have the opportunity to experience chance encounters with some of the most endangered marine life on the planet including Hector Dolphins, white flippered penguins, and Orca located in Akaroa Harbor during their most active time of the day, only 80 minutes from Christchurch. Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. So come and join us! Explore, Experience and Enjoy!The Sunrise Safari is our recommend trip of the day. The ocean is always much calmer in the early morning and the wildlife is more active. Your tour begins with a relaxed and informative introduction briefing, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure on Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic basin waters. After your briefing, your experienced local guide will prepare your kayak for launch onto the water. Comfort and safety is always a priority. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out through blue waters escaping from the crowds, noise of other boats, the hustle and bustle of normal life, You will paddle through the reserve while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover. You will engage with nature and beautiful serenity of sea kayaking during the most peaceful time of the day before the tour boats are on the water. Your guide will provide an on water snack while sharing stories about this special marine reserve . Through out the Safari the massive scale of landscape will amaze you, and it is a once in a lifetime experience paddling through an extinct sea flooded volcano basin which is inhabited by endangered mammals. You will have the cha
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Small-Group Wildlife and Sea-Kayaking Safari in Akaroa
Join one of the best kayak adventures in New Zealand, jump into a safe stable sea kayak and follow our local guides as we take you on a spectacular tour through an untouched marine reserve which now exists in a flooded volcanic crater from millions of years ago. The geology and scenery will blow your mind during this 3-hour small-group wildlife and sea-kayaking safari. Paddle along through the clear blue water, you get the feeling you are in a postcard! Your guide will keep watch for sightings of native endangered New Zealand animal and bird life. Pause for a snack break on a nearby beach, and enjoy a little free time to explore, swim, or soak up the serenity at your leisure. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people. This activity is often voted the highlight of a NZ holiday!When your cruise ship docks in the beautiful french village of Akaroa, stroll through town to the kayak base and meet your guide to begin your 3-hour tour. Following an informative safety briefing, your guides will prepare your kayak for launch then take to Akaroa’s volcanic basin waters. Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. During your tour, paddle quietly along through the blue waters of the extinct volcanic crater and listen as your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife that you come across. After approximately one hour, stop for a 15-minute break on a remote beach and enjoy free time to swim or rest your arms! Replenish lost energy with a light snack, then paddle onward as your guide shares stories from the region’s colorful past. As you explore, admire panoramic views and your guide will be taking on water photos for you If you wish to take home a memory of your day. When your kayak adven
AKAROA PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION (Christchurch City & Banks Peninsula)
8 to 9 hours
Enjoy your private Akaroa shore excursion & see what others miss! Travel in style & comfort of your very own chauffeur driven vehicle. Take a 90 minutes scenic drive on Banks Peninsula & visit the Garden City of New Zealand, Christchurch. Experience a vibrant destination in transition at your own convenience. Enjoy a guided tour of Christchurch Botanical Gardens on an electric caterpillar bus & meander down the Avon River in a traditional English Punt. Top the day-off with an ice-cream on us at Sumner Beach. This is the perfect way to experience & discover all that a cruise ship destination has to offer.Worry-free Shore Excursion:If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Akaroa Lighthouse, Beach Road, Akaroa, Akaroa New ZealandPickup at 8.30am from Akaroa wharf & take the scenic drive to Christchurch.Stop At: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch New Zealand1.Visit Christchurch Botanical Gardens & hop onboard an electric-powered caterpillar bus along with live commentary & enjoy the splendid gardens.2.Sit back & relax in a traditional English Punt & meander down the Avon River.3.Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at one of the many cafes’ & restaurants in Christchurch (at your own expense). Your driver/ guide will give you recommendations.4.Get a brief overview of the Central Christchurch which is being rebuilt from scratch after recovering from a devastating earthquake.5.Drive to Sumner Beach & stroll next to cave rock. Top the day off with an ice-cream on us.6.Take the relaxing scenic drive back to Akaroa.7.Stop over & feast your taste buds at Barry’s Bay Traditional Cheese Factory.Drop-off to your cruise terminal around 4.30pm, which will give you some time to explore boutique shops on the waterfront i
Akaroa Shore Excursion Crafty Christchurch
6 to 7 hours
You will be met by your driver guide at the wharf in Akaroa and set out on a 90 minute drive along Banks Peninsula to the exciting city of Christchurch. Your guide is an expert on all things Christchurch and Canterbury and will keep you well informed of the progress being made on the innovative rebuild after the series of devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 gave us an opportunity to create a vibrant new city. Christchurch is also home to a growing Craft brewing industry with over 20 breweries utilizing our excellent water sourced in the Southern alps, malt from the Canterbury plains and hops also grown in the South Island. You will visit 3 of our best in Three Boys Brewing, Cassels & Sons and Wigram Brewing Co and taste 4 beers at each brewery! You will also be treated to the best wood fired pizza in the city at Cassels & Sons The Brewery....What better way to see this exciting new city than to have a few beers along the way?!ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Wigram Brewing Company Ltd, 57 Sonter Rd, Wigram, Christchurch 8042, New ZealandBeer tasting and tour of the breweryDuration: 50 minutesStop At: Cassels & Sons Brewing, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, Christchurch 8024, New ZealandBeer tasting and woodfired pizza lunchDuration: 1 hourStop At: Three Boys Brewery, 592 Ferry Road, Christchurch 8023 New ZealandBeer tastingDuration: 50 minutesStop At: Cathedral Square, Christchurch New ZealandHave a break in the heart of the city and see the progress of the rebuild. Craft stalls and local entertainers make for a vibrant and interesting stopDuration: 30 minutes
Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
9 hours 30 minutes
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.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 Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River, and capture the country’s 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 Akaroa’s fascinating past. The Hector's Dolphin is the world's smallest oceanic dolphin.In the late-afternoon, hop back aboard your
Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch
Explore the coastal town of Akaroa and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with dolphins on this full day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the breathtaking New Zealand countryside to Akaroa and admire sights of interest such as Governor’s Bay and Lake Ellesmere on route. Cruise into the harbour with your guide and watch the waves for marine life. Strap on your snorkel and flippers and swim with elegant Hector’s dolphins in the wild. Enjoy free time to explore Akaroa, then visit a local cheese factory for a tasting session.Following a morning pickup by air-conditioned coach from your Christchurch hotel, head out along the road to Akaroa with your guide to begin your tour. Pass scenic local highlights such as Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River, and capture the country’s breathtaking beauty on camera.On arrival at the coastal town of Akaroa, hop aboard your boat with your guide and cruise out into the harbor. Watch the waters and keep an eye out for dolphins, penguins and seals, and enjoy the feel of the wind in your hair as you cruise through the waves. The sea along this part of the coast is teeming with marine life, and sightings of friendly and inquisitive Hector’s dolphins — one of the world’s smallest dolphin species — are common.When your captain has located a pod, pull on your wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers then leap into the water. Enjoy the chance to swim with these rare, endangered animals and marvel at their grace through the waves. The dolphins here are completely wild so touching them is not allowed, but simply ducking down beneath the waves to marvel at these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is enough to make memories to last a lifetime!Climb back aboard your boat for the return journey to Akaroa and enjoy free time for lunch (own expense). Soak up the coastal atmosphere and spectacular volcanic views in this charming corner of the New Zealand countryside, and explore
Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour
Discover the historic town of Akaroa and the magnificent natural beauty of the Banks Peninsula on this small group tour from Christchurch. Be amazed by the spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and the Canterbury Plains on the high scenic drive from Christchurch, visit a cheese factory to taste locally made cheese and explore Akoroa's French influenced streets. You'll have the choice to join a nature and harbor cruise to see the rich variety of marine and bird life or to swim with Hector's Dolphins, the world smallest and rarest dolphins only found in New Zealand waters.Depart Christchurch and travel to Akaroa over the beautiful Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes. The high summit route gives glorious views of Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains, the distant Southern Alps and 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 harborside village of Akaroa with its museum of settlers' history, art and craft shops and studios and al fresco cafes and wine bars.Join a nature and harbor cruise on the Canterbury Cat. As the well appointed Canterbury Cat gently slices through the aqua blue waters of the harbor you'll experience a rich variety of marine and bird life in their natural habitat, including the unique and playful Hector's dolphins.Alternatively choose to join "Dolphins Up Close" where you can watch dolphins just feet away, get fantastic photos and go dolphin swimming. From the unique, specially designed boats you will enter the water and the private domain of one of nature's most loveable sea mammals, the Hector's Dolphin. Found only in New Zealand, usually
Akaroa Cruise Ship Local Taxi Tour
7 to 8 hours
MY MOST POPULAR PRIVATE TOUR. Rated 5/5Bespoke private tour with a local taxi and tour operator.Upto 5 people in comfort - complimentary refreshments provided. If only 4 people travel that's a whole days touring for less than NZ$120.00 per personSee the Bays, Lyttleton and Christchurch with a local with 16+ years experience. If you decide to take in the alpaca farm tour...great decision. You won't be disappointed.After 16 years in the business I know the 'spots to visit and a bus simply can't get to them.Extensive list of 'add-ons' if you want to make the most of your time in Christchurch City.....or simply wander, mingle and take in the atmosphere of the oldest yet soon to be the most modern and safest city in the world.**** Proud Member: ProGuidesNZItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New ZealandThis tour brings Christchurch, The River Avon, Sumner, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula to your fingertips.Duration: 7 hours
Customizable private land transfer
3 to 5 days
Travel from port of call/ disembarkation with a private vehicle and transfer to your port of embarkation. Examples : Akaroa to Dunedin via land transfer to Tekapo, Mt Cook with photographic stops OR vice versa. Nelson/Picton to Wanaka or Queenstown via Punakaiki/Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier with photographic stops .Transfers can be tailor made to your requirements.Transfers commence from port where you disembarked and land travel for 3-5 days according to your accommodation details. Photographic stops and rest areas are included. An example of a 3 day transfer from port to port would be Akaroa to Dunedin with overnight stops in Mt Cook/Aoraki(2 nights) via Tekapo and Pukaki and arrival on 3rd day into Dunedin at aprox 5.30pm (reverse order is possible). Example of 5 day transfer would be Picton or Nelson to West Coast then onto the Glacier region to finally arrive in Wanaka or Queenstown (overnight stays would be Motueka/Abel Tasman, Punakaiki or Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier(2 nights to allow for activities) OR choose to do the East Coast via Blenheim , Kaikoura(whale watch centre of NZ) and Christchurch(with a trip to Arthur's Pass for the day and scenic walks included) to end on the last day in Akaroa .