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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

Highlights
  • Tour Akaroa from Christchurch without having to rent a car
  • Enjoy convenience of reserved harbor cruise and lunch (if selected)
  • Gain insight into the settlement’s history and the area’s ecosystem
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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
From US$152.90
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Tour Includes Lunch at Bully Hayes restaurant and a 2 hour Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour.
From US$184.87
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Akaroa Day Tour including a 2 hour Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour
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Overview

Spend the day in Akaroa on this full-day trip from Christchurch, which includes round-trip transportation. The guided tour of the historic resort town ensures you hit all the local highlights, including Lakey Forsyth, Banks Peninsula, Gebbies Pass, and other landmarks. An included and prebooked harbor cruise gives you a peek at the local marine and bird life. Upgrade to add lunch.

What to Expect

Your tour starts with pickup from your Christchurch hotel. Hop aboard a bus and enjoy the scenery as you pass through South Island to Akaroa. On the way, gaze at Little River, Lake Forsyth, Lake Ellesmere, Gebbies Pass, and Governor's Bay.

Arrive at the Akaroa crater, home to the scenic harbor and French settlement of Akaroa. Stop by the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory to taste locally made cheeses, and wander through the town, distinguished by colonial architecture, with your guide.

If you chose to upgrade to lunch, you stop at popular Bully Hayes Restaurant on the waterfront.

After lunch, board a catamaran for a 2-hour harbor cruise on the lookout for marine and bird life, including Hector's dolphins, the world's smallest oceanic dolphin. Your guide provides information on the ecosystem surrounding the bay and its marine inhabitants.

The tour ends with drop-off at your Christchurch hotel.

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1 - 5 of 5 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A day of leisure

Akaroa is the nearest sightseeing place from Christchurch.It takes a day. Have coffee in a coffee shop, look at the Pacific ocean and the hills on the other side.Very quite but exciting view of the harbor and the lunch near the lagoon. And the saddest...More

Thank salam1954
Reviewed 23 April 2018
Amazing !!!

This tour was so worth it!!! Breathtaking views of Akaroa harbor and the lighthouse. Scenery is just spectacular. Akaroa city is just so charming too. Great little craft shops. Just so lovely and graham was a great tour guide very helpful and courteous!More

Thank Ariella A
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Canterbury Leisure Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Thank you for your feedback which is important to us to ensure that we meet and where possible exceed our customers expectations. It is pleasing to learn that you really enjoyed our day tour to Akaroa and that our driver Graham was both helpful and...More

Reviewed 2 February 2018
Excellent Day Out

Wonderful scenery, brilliant boat trip. Our Driver/Guide Cally was knowledgeable & fun. Akoroa is just so beautiful.More

Thank Chris W
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Canterbury Leisure Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of the tour. This feedback is important to us as it helps us ensure we are meeting our customers expectations and where possible exceeding them. I am pleased you had a great day and that...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Good day out

Although we didn't get the sunny, postcard-perfect day, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip, especially the very tasty lunch (fresh-caught fish!) and the boat excursion on which we saw lots of seals and dolphins, but no whales, unfortunately. The only negative was the short time we...More

1  Thank tkt1961
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Canterbury Leisure Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of the tour. This feedback is important to us as it helps us ensure we are meeting our customers expectations and where possible exceeding them. I am pleased you had a good day and that...More

Reviewed 12 November 2017
if they can not do the trip cancel immediately

booked the trip to find out that they could not do it because of low numbers - far enough. however they then offered to put me on another trip that was exactly the same for no extra charge sounded great. unfortunately they booked me a...More

5  Thank vttracey
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Canterbury Leisure Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

The contents of this review are very disappointing as the contents are disingenuous at best. When the booking was received the customer was advised that the tour had not reached minimum numbers and that the booking was being held on a standby basis. As minimum...More

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