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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Akaroa Village InnFirst 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 IslandAfter 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 minutesStop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandAfter 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 minutesPass By: Lyttelton, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandExplore 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 TakaheDrive 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.

$99.96 Shore Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch, Banks Peninsula Sites

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Akaroa Village InnFirst 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 IslandAfter 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 minutesPass By: Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandDepart the Botanical Gardens for a brief Christchurch City tour highlighting city landmarks and the rebuild of city centre after the 2011 Earthquake.Stop At: International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandFollowing a brief sightseeing tour showing city landmarks of the earthquake-damaged city centre, arrive at the International Antarctic Centre. Enjoy a snow and ice experience with Antarctic Storm, blue penguin encounter, 4D movie and an exhilarating Hagglund ride.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandTravel back to Akaroa via the Banks Peninsula to board your cruise ship.

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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.

$58.60 Shore Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

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 covered by our worry-free policy.

$120.64 Shore Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch and Jet Boat River Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Akaroa Village InnFirst 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 IslandAfter 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 minutesPass By: Cathedral Square, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandDepart 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 LimitedEnjoy 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 minutesPass By: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South IslandTravel back to Akaroa via the Banks Peninsula to board your cruise ship.

$79.29 Shore Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour

Once known at ‘the most English city outside of England’, Christchurch is now a city on the move…sometimes quite literally! This small group tour will showcase the best highlights of this unique city from the comfort of your modern, air conditioned vehicle.Join our bona-fide local guide for a day exploring Christchurch and Banks Peninsula – and see how New Zealand’s 2nd largest city is rebounding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11. This is an intriguing tour you won't want to miss.Highlights include: • Explore the city centre – where the majority of the Canterbury rebuild is taking place. See new buildings spring up, as well as the fascinating renovations on some of the city’s heritage buildings. You will have approximately 2 hours to enjoy the interesting sights at your leisure. • Upgrade (all at extra cost) and ride the Christchurch Tram, go for a punt on the river, or take a Botanic Gardens tour. • Photograph the remains of the city’s 2 destroyed cathedrals, and see the temporary cardboard cathedral put up in their place. • Admire the panoramic and breathtaking views of Christchurch and Canterbury from atop the Port Hills. • Take in the amazing vistas of Banks Peninsula – including the 2 harbours of Lyttelton and Akaroa. Travel along the summit road for extra special views of Akaroa Harbour. • Enjoy the scenery of Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, as well as the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on the 90 minute drive to the city. • Stop at the Hilltop Tavern and Barry's Bay Cheese Factory (time permitting). About us:Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!