Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: New Zealand, Canterbury, Akaroa

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  • 6 hours
  • Akaroa
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


While your ship is in port in Akaroa Harbour, take a shore excursion to tour the scenic Banks Peninsula and visit the city of Christchurch. You’ll see how Christchurch is emerging from the devastation of the 2011 earthquake. Take a brief stroll through the city’s beautiful botanic gardens and admire New Zealand’s magnificent scenery.

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Pass By: Akaroa Village Inn, 81 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

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, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch New Zealand

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

Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand

After 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 (own expense) in the city.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Lyttelton, Sh74, Christchurch New Zealand

Explore 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 Takahe, 200 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand

Drive 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.

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygiene and social distancing measures. Do not travel if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. If the city in which you are departing from is in alert level two, then please wear a facemask for all transport.
Departure Point

Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


6 hours

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.

User's Reviews

Gregory H

Very informative and engaging representative. Gave personal insight into sights and went out of his way to accommodate wishes.

Cynthia B

19 Mar, 2020

Driver was from area and gave us so much history, stories, and facts. Very comfortable ride and beautiful sites.

sharyn m

16 Mar, 2020

what a great and thrilling trip , Phil the driver was very informative and knowledgeable, any opportunity to get a great photo or more info as always was an easy task for Phil to achieve. his vast knowledge was the most important part of the day. What a place to visit


12 Mar, 2020

I was on the Christchurch City Sights Tour today and had a delightful and informative 6 1/2 hours. Scottie was the tour guide and driver and was one of the best I ever had. Great sense of humor and actually brilliant on his knowledge base of Christchurch. His pride of the city made it all the more special. Of course his recommendation to have a meat pie at THE BUTCHERS PIE was spot on. Great job today, Scottie!

Phillip M

10 Mar, 2020

Scotty is an incredible tour guide, if fact the best I have ever experienced, and I have been around for 69 years. Very well done on an excellent tour.
Much thanks
Phillip and Valerie
Mt Eliza, Australia

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