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Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

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Christchurch, New Zealand

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

Discover volcanic landscapes and breathtaking scenery on New Zealand’s South Island on this 9.5-hour Akaroa day trip from Christchurch. Take in top attractions including Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth with your guide. Ascend the Banks Peninsula for beautiful views over Akaroa Harbour and the volcanic crater. Then, sample locally made cheeses and admire colonial architecture around Akaroa. Cruise by catamaran into the harbor where diverse marine and bird life thrives, including rare Hector’s dolphins. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a delicious lunch in Akaroa Village.
  • Akaroa day trip from Christchurch including cheese tasting
  • Drive past natural attractions with an informative guide
  • See Hector’s dolphins on a 2-hour nature cruise on Akaroa Harbour
  • Upgrade to include a restaurant lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by coach included
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Lunch - (if option chosen)
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Traveler pickup is offered
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

Departure Time

8:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours

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.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch?
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This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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  • "This is an easier day tour than going to Kaikoura so if you're looking for an alternative, this is it!" See review
  • "I would highly recommend this tour it's a great way to see the beauty of the area southeast of Christchurch and experience seeing the rare Hector's dolphins!" See review
  • "A sunny and calm day would have made this a perfect excursion." See review

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star-5
The experience was well worth it.
Fred-C
, Feb 2020
The guide was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. We enjoyed all aspects of this trip. It was a great day.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the awesome review Fred. I'm really happy you had such a great day with us and enjoyed all aspects of your tour. It's also great that you enjoyed your guide as well and I'll be sure to pass on your kind words! I certainly hope you get to visit Akaroa again soon!
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Nice day tour to Akaroa
James_C
, Feb 2020
Great scenic son the road. Driver took different route on the return. That made the trip worthwhile. But driver picked up the group almost hour late after his promised time. Only to find out he did another service in between.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for taking the time to submit to submit your review. We are aware that there was some confusion regarding the departure time in Akaroa and for this we apologise. The tour did depart Akaroa at the scheduled time, however, the driver did mistakenly advise some of the passengers an earlier departure time which did create some confusion.
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star-5
Enjoyable day in Akaroa
kevinschader
, Feb 2020
Lovely and easy day tour to Akaroa. Our guide, Scott, did a wonderful job and made the most of our time by taking us along the scenic ways to Akaroa and keeping us informed about the history of the area and answering my many questions. The ride onto the bay was fun and we saw Hectors dolphins, birds, seals, and beautiful views. This is an easier day tour than going to Kaikoura so if you're looking for an alternative, this is it!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the great review of your Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch. I'm really pleased that you had such a great time and got to see this amazing part of our country and its unique, native marine wildlife. It's also great to hear that Scott did such a great job accommodating you! I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. We agree that this tour is a fantastic alternative to those who want to see spectacular scenery and wildlife while still staying close to Christchurch. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula again soon!
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star-5
Akaroa - A Great Experience
Mansi H
, Jan 2020
The tour was very well organised; our tour guide Rob was friendly and provided a lot of information about Christchurch, earthquakes and Akaroa's history. The day was clear and cruise was excellent and we got to see the dolphins, and the colony of seals. Overall we had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for the great review! I am really pleased you had a great day in Akaroa and that you got to see some great local wildlife on your cruise, including dolphins and seals. It's also wonderful to hear that you had a nice time with your driver/guide, Rob, and that he was able to provide lots of information about Akaroa and Christchurch. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Christchurch again soon.
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Akaroa
MAGant10
, Dec 2019
This was a really great tour with stunning views and a great guide! Would definitely do it again. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thanks for the 5 star review and recommendation. Great to hear you had such a nice time in Akaroa. Be sure to visit Christchurch again soon!
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Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
Kathy D
, Nov 2019
I enjoyed the company and commentary of Rob, our driver on the way to and from Akaroa. We stopped several times at lookouts for photo opportunities and the information about the area was interesting and insightful. The town of Akaroa is a lovely little touristy place with interesting shops, a local market on the day I visited and an interesting private library and secondhand bookshop with many books about the local area. The 2-hour boat tour was amazing on the Black Cat Harbour Cruise. We saw many small Hector's dolphins swimming with the bow wave of the boat, NZ fur seals on rocky outcrops and were lucky to spot the rarely seen yellow-eyed penguin making its way slowly down a cliff face.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your Akaroa Day Tour. I'm happy to hear you had such a nice time on your tour with our driver/guide Rob. I have already passed on your kind words to him and he was thrilled to hear! And it's great you got to see so much of our local wildlife too, including the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguins, which aren't too common in the harbour so you were lucky to see it! Thanks for joining us on our sightseeing tour to Akaroa and I hope you visit Christchurch again soon!
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star-3
Nice cruise but long boring wait for it to start
MobileChemist
, Nov 2019
Great guide but tour overall not well planned - we were left with way too much time to kill in a small town. The cruise was scenic but the boat was very hot.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
The township of Akaroa is a beautiful historic township nestled in a Bay within the inner habour of Akaroa Harbour and surrounded by high rolling hills. Of the hundred's of passengers we take there annually one of the most common comments is "that it would have been nice to stay longer". In 25 years this is the first comment every received that the township was boring. Some of our customers are happy to spend the entire day in the township and not even take the two hour harbour cruise.
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Awesome
Flyer584262
, Nov 2019
Our day trip was awesome! Beautiful scenery, great harbor ride with lots of dolphins, seals, fish, birds, good lunch. Rob was our guide and he is fabulous! I highly recommend this trip. Ask for Rob and you will love it!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thanks for the great review! I'm happy you had such a nice time in Akaroa. The Akaroa Harbour is such a beautiful place to visit and it hosts an array of unique local wildlife including Hector's Dolphin, New Zealand Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins. And thanks for the nice comments regarding Rob, your driver/guide for that day. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit New Zealand again soon!
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star-5
Beautiful Akaroa
YvonneY906
, Jun 2019
Wonderful day, beautiful views, fantastic lunch. Can recommend this hand on heart beautiful tour. Fantastic tour guide, very knowlegable and friendly, nothing was difficult!
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star-5
A highly recommended tour.
Journey49089589556
, Jun 2019
Jerry, the driver/guide was energetic and professional. His lively talks added value to a trip which itself was already value for money. The lunch was delicious and the restaurant was good. The boat ride was of course the highlight of the day with dolphins and penguins racing alongside the boat! Well, the boat did rock violently when it stopped close to a big colony of seals playing on the rocks.
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