Day trip

Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch

4.6 / 5

9 reviews

Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch

From US$ 151.93 per person

Visit the beautiful old French whaling depot of Akaroa on a day trip from Christchurch. Enjoy a 2-hour harbor nature cruise and opt to upgrade to include a delicious restaurant lunch.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Experience the spectacular and picturesque scenery of Banks Peninsula
  • Enjoy an award winning 2-hour nature cruise on Akaroa Harbour
  • Visit the Cheese Factory with delicious tastings included
  • Choose to include a scrumptious lunch at Bully Hayes Restaurant
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Enjoy a day trip to Akaroa, a charming township nestled in an inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on the Banks Peninsula. The tour begins with pick up from your Christchurch hotel. Head out along the road to Akaroa via Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth, and Little River. Pause at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour before heading into town. The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops along with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. An optional lunch is available at the popular Bully Hayes restaurant nestled in the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village. After lunch, enjoy a nature cruise that will showcase the delights of Akaroa Harbour. Keep a lookout for dolphins, penguins, and seals!  On your return journey to Christchurch, stop at the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory to sample some fine New Zealand cheese. Your tour concludes with drop off to your Christchurch accommodation around 5:45 PM. 
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transport in air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • 2-hour Akaroa Harbour nature cruise
  • Visit to Cheese Factory with tastings
  • Lunch at Bully Hayes Restaurant (if option selected)

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    • New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the year - bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
    • Minimum numbers are required for this activity to operate - in the unlikely event that these are not met you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
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    4.6 /5

    based on 9 reviews

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    Picked us up in a comfy van. Very knowledgeable guide with amazing time management. Shout out to Grahams! Get to see some dolphins and seals and truly enjoyed the lunch given. Ordered blue cods and salmons and breads for starters. Perfect weather. Managed to walk around after lunch. All in all, 10/10. Really worth it!!

    April 13, 2021

    The tour was excellent nice drive out to Akora and our driver gave good commentary stopped at little river for a look around and a coffee, only disappointment was the harbour cruise was cancelled due to weather conditions so cannot blame tour company for that, instead he took us to the Giants house and a drive off the beaten track to view the fantastic harbour from high ground.

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    February 20, 2021

    We were picked up from our hotel and proceed on the road to our destination. It was a small town. Nothing much to shop. Lunch was included. I had salmon and it was soooooo good. After lunch, we proceed onto the cruise. The view was great and seals can be spotted on the rocks... however, a couple of people started to puke as the sea was really rough especially when we venture further out. Note : Take some pills an hour before the ride so you will enjoy the tour.

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    May 23, 2019

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