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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

  • 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
Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
From US$157.76
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Tour Includes Lunch at Bully Hayes restaurant and a 2 hour Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour.
From US$182.30
Akaroa - Cruise only(no Lunch)
Akaroa Day Tour including a 2 hour Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour
From US$157.76
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.
Reviews (41)
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Reviewed 31 January 2019
Worthwhile Day Tour

We were picked up a tad late but after picking up another customer we left for Akaroa .A pleasant journey of 5 people in total for a 8 seater meant it was comfortable. The driver was very knowledgable throughout. Pointing out the impact and changes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Oakmead1
Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2019

Thanks for the great recommendation. I'm glad that you had a pleasant day in Akaroa and that you felt the tour was well worthwhile. And I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your lunch, cheese factory visit, and cruise in Akaroa too. It was unlucky...More

Reviewed 5 January 2019
Great tour Christchurch to Akaroa

Thank you to Cally from Canterbury leisure tours for a great tour to Akaroa & for your knowledge of the area between Christchurch & Akaroa - boat trip was super, lunch was great. Would recommended it. Had a fantastic dayMore

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank traintravel0
Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Thanks for such a positive review! We're really pleased you had such a great day in Akaroa. It's one of our most popular tours as the drive over from Christchurch is stunning and the nature cruise itself is excellent! We'll be sure to let Cally...More

Reviewed 1 January 2019
Fun sightseeing trip to see Akaroa

We were picked up from our hotel and had a pleasant day on this tour. Our driver discussed the history and interesting points of interest along the way. He even drove out of his way to help us find a place to take a good...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2019

I'm really pleased to hear that you had such a great day with us. And its always great to hear you received some true Kiwi hospitality! Time and circumstances permitting, we will always help out our passengers by making requested stops for some photo opportunities.We...More

Reviewed 18 December 2018 via mobile
Must-do Tour

The drive into Akaroa is worth the trip by itself. We were picked up and returned to our lodge in Tai Tapu. Our guide was Hugo, and he was fantastic. He lives in Akaroa and was a wonderful ambassador for the city! He has a...More

1  Thank gleno51
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2018

It is wonderful to hear that you had such a great day on your Akaora Day Tour and recommend this as a Must Do Tour. Thank you for taking the time to submit this review, these are important to us to ensure that we meet...More

Reviewed 23 November 2018
Great day trip from Christchurch to Akaroa. Well worth doing

Great package from Leisure Tours. Picked up and dropped off from our hotel. The drive to and from Akaroa is very scenic. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Boat trip was fantastic, we saw penguins and dolphins. Lunch was great, however it took a long...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Yilin N
9 February 2019|
Response from gleno51 | Reviewed this property |
We went through an agency and the agency told us the pick up time. But you can contact Canterbury Trail Tours directly and they could tell you.
23 April 2018|
Response from Greg G |
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