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Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch provided by Leisure Tours

Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

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Updated 24/09/20
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.
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
  • 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
Duration
9h 30m
Inclusions
  • Lunch - (if option chosen)
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
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. If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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Travel34855117471 wrote a review Aug 2020
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What a beautiful spot. Had the best fish n chips in a very long time. Wonderful shops to brows through. Everyone should stop in and see the Blue pearl shop.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Manager at Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
Responded 23 Aug 2020
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. I am pleased to learn that you had such a great day and enjoyed the township of Akaroa so much. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit this unique region again.
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Lynn R wrote a review Mar 2020
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A lovely day in Akaroa! Mark picked us up at the hotel and gave us a lovely narrative of Christchurch as he drove us to Akaroa. It was delightful to walk around the village and see the stunning views. We saw the dolphins, a blue penguin and lots of seals on the cruise.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
Responded 17 Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review, Lynn. I'm happy you had such a nice time on your Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch. It really is a beautiful location in the South Island which is often overlooked by tourists travelling through, so I'm pleased you got to spend a day in this awesome place. It's also great to hear that both Mark, your driver/guide, and the Bully Hayes Restaurant were so accommodating. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to them. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Christchurch and Akaroa again soon!
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Colin T wrote a review Feb 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom24 contributions45 helpful votes
Superb tour! Picked up from hotel by tour guide Rodney who provided wonderful detailed description of all the principal points of interest on Arakoa Peninsula, and lots of photo stops. After reaching pretty town or Akaroa plenty time for coffee/lunch or shopping before the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
Responded 5 Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review! I'm really glad you enjoyed your Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch. Akaroa is a beautiful place to visit and the harbour itself is really stunning and hosts many of our native marine animals including Hector's Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins. It's also great that your trip was made all the more better thanks to your driver/guide, Rodney. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. As for your comments regarding the title "Harbour Cruise", it has been noted and we may look into using the official and much more aptly named "Nature Cruise"! Thanks again and I hope you return to Christchurch and Akaroa soon!
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John A wrote a review Feb 2020
17 contributions5 helpful votes
Nice day seeing sites and being on a boat viewing dolphins. They are interesting to watch. Lunch was ok, but not many options for vegetarians and nothing satisfying for vegans. The town where we had lunch was enjoyable to walk around. I'd say the tour is worth doing if you have
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
Responded 3 Mar 2020
Thanks John for the review of your Akaroa Day Tour. I'm glad you had a nice time and I hope you get to visit this beautiful part of the country soon!
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akgrenier wrote a review Feb 2020
Warwick, Rhode Island10 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I decided the night before to book this activity online after spending a few days getting our daughter settled in Christchurch for her internship. We so need some fresh air, breathtaking views and to experience the beauty of New Zealand we saw from the airplane as
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
Responded 17 Feb 2020
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your recent Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch. We agree that this tour is the perfect option for those who want to see more of this beautiful part of the country with it's tranquil settings and breathtaking scenery. The cruise itself is also a great way to view some of the local wildlife of the area including Hector's Dolphins, Little Blue Penguins, and New Zealand Fur Seals. Also thanks for your tips regarding the best viewing positions and what to bring when on the cruise. Always handy for travellers! Thanks for the recommendation and we hope you get to visit Akaroa again soon!
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  • Akaroa, Lake Ellesmere, and 1 more
  • Duration: 9h 30m
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