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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

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Enjoy a Sightseeing tour to Akaroa through the spectacular scenery surrounding Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes.  The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbor and Akaroa village. Experience a Nature Cruise with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. The Tour also includes a delightful lunch at Bully Hayes Restaurant.
  • 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
  • Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Christchurch
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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Important Information
Departure Point
Your centrally located Christchurch Hotel or Motel
Departure Time
9:00 AM
9h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
  • Lunch - (if option chosen)
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. 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 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed 5 July 2019

My husband and I took this day tour on the last full day of our NZ roadtrip. Overall we found the tour just good, though not as excellent as some of the tours we had taken earlier in the trip. We liked not having to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2019

Thanks for the review Jessica. I'm glad you enjoyed your day with us in Akaroa. The Black Cat cruise is always great, no matter what time in the year it is. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your ride down in...More

Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

We were on Akaroa day tour with harbour cruise from Christchurch. Beautiful & quiet little town with nice scenery. Our guide Graham was knowledgeable & took care of us. Lunch was included & I chose the salmon set. The salmon super delicious as it melted...More

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Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2019

Thanks for the great review Alicia. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your Akaroa Day tour with us. And I'm pleased you had a nice time with Graham, our driver, and at the Bully Hayes restaurant in Akaroa. I'll definitely pass on your kind words....More

Reviewed 20 May 2019 via mobile

The trip isnt too long, I didnt care much for the cheese shop stop, but thats just me. The boat trip itself was informative and I particularly enjoyed the host's quirky humour. Graham our tour guide was fantastic, not just rambling away, but he did...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2019

Thank you for such a great review of the Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch. I'm happy to hear you had such a good time. And it's great to hear that our driver did a great job on the day that you travelled - I'll be...More

Reviewed 31 January 2019

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
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Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 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 4 January 2019

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 6 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

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12 June 2019|
Response from Aliciachan1985 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, the tour picked us up at the hotel at CBD area. I don’t think they can do pick up at port. Maybe you can contact leisure tour directly to check if this can be arranged :)
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.
22 April 2018|
Response from Greg G |
Yes it would have to be
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