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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

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    When your ship pulls into Akaroa Harbour, you’re picked up at the port for your shore excursion. Get settled comfortably aboard the coach for the approx. 1.5-hour drive to Christchurch, traveling a scenic route along the Akaroa Highway through the Banks Peninsula. On the journey through the Canterbury Plains — a farmland region east of the Southern Alps — hear narration about the highlights you pass, including Little River, Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere.
    On arrival at your destination, hop off the coach at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for a stroll with your guide, and learn about one of New Zealand’s most impressive collections of native and exotic plants. 
    Your city tour continues with a drive around the old CBD to observe recovery efforts since the damaging 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Your guide provides information on each landmark before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the beach suburb of Sumner. You’ll see the coastal town of Lyttleton and view Christchurch from the hills above during the leisurely return to the  Akaroa cruise port in the afternoon.
    Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Reviewed 14 April 2019

    We cruised with friends for 13 nights in January and booked several day trips from various ports. Without a doubt this was a standout. Scotty is personable and very informative. His passion for the job and pride in his local area were obvious. Christchurch is...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2019

    Thank you for the great review. I am really pleased you enjoyed your shore excursion from Akaroa to Christchurch. Scotty is one of our most valued driver as he is very charming, funny and extremely knowledgeable of the Canterbury region. I will be sure to...More

    Reviewed 30 March 2019

    I wish to commend the tour we undertook on Saturday 16 March 2019. Our driver/guide was Scotty who gave very good descriptions, answered questions, and explained the earthquakes and liquefaction. Our tour into Christchurch was on the day after the dreadful terrorist murders, a situation...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2019

    Thank you for the great review. I'm glad you had a great time on your shore excursion from Akaroa to Christchurch. Scotty has always been one of most highly praised drivers due to his knowledge, charm, and friendliness with the passengers. I'll be sure to...More

    Reviewed 25 January 2019

    We landed on shore in Akaroa from the Sun Princess ship by tender. We didn't have any pre booked tour but wanted to see Christchurch. There were at least 10-15 tour operators on the wharf offering a variety of tours. We took a chance on...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2019

    Thank you for such a detailed review of your day with us from Akaroa to Christchurch. It's great to hear that you had a nice time and felt the tour was good value for money. Scotty is one of our best drivers and he's excellent...More

    Reviewed 9 January 2019

    Traveling with a Family of 4 with Teens Since there isn't a whole lot in Akaroa, we decided to take the full day group tour offered by "Canterbury Leisure Tours". The price of this full day tour was very reasonable compared to other tours offered...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2019

    Thanks for the kind words and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your day on one of our shore excursions. With regards to the price of the tour, yes you're right - our tours can be up to half the cost of an excursion...More

    Reviewed 29 December 2018

    The tour company worked with our ship schedule. Scotty was our guide to Christchurch, he talked the whole way, very informative. We were able to spend some time walking around Christchurch and had a nice tour of the city on a bus. The drive is...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2018

    Thanks for a great review and we're pleased to hear that you had a nice time. We take pride in the fact that we work within cruise ship schedules to ensure our passengers get the most out of their tour and our 'worry-free guarantee' policy...More

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    3 January 2019|
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    Response from emmagF9694KT | Reviewed this property |
    Yes most is on bus except the antartic centre some things may not be suitable
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    lolo199
    26 August 2018|
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    Response from Alex D | Reviewed this property |
    Sorry for taking so long in responding. The trip was booked through Viator and was a 40 seater bus. The driver / guide, Scotty was great. He was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the trip and went out of his way to... More
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    25 July 2018|
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    do you have smaller buses for a group of 20 to 23? is there a way to incle the giant house on the way back? we are coming in february 2/27/19
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