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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour provided by Leisure Tours

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour
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Port transfers are provided, so you don't need to worry about getting around
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
50
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
This tour from the Banks Peninsula to Christchurch has been carefully designed so cruise ship passengers can make the most of their short time on land. After disembarking at Akaroa—a town renowned for its French heritage—travel through scenic countryside to Christchurch city. Check out some of the highlights, including the Botanic Gardens, Sumner Beach, and Lyttleton.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
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.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • An easy way to see a lot in a relatively short time
  • Be amazed by the beautiful landscape so close to urban Christchurch
  • Relax on a worry-free excursion, with guaranteed return to your ship or the next port-of-call
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
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.
Highlights
  • An easy way to see a lot in a relatively short time
  • Be amazed by the beautiful landscape so close to urban Christchurch
  • Relax on a worry-free excursion, with guaranteed return to your ship or the next port-of-call
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2950PRTCHCCLT65CS
Important information
Inclusions
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand From the Main Wharf in Akaroa, head down to the end where you will see the Akaroa I-Site and a small park on the right-hand side. Next to the Canon statue, a representative will be waiting for you. Please arrive by 10.15am for a 10.30am departure.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
  • 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 50 travellers
Inclusions
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Akaroa Dolphins, 65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand From the Main Wharf in Akaroa, head down to the end where you will see the Akaroa I-Site and a small park on the right-hand side. Next to the Canon statue, a representative will be waiting for you. Please arrive by 10.15am for a 10.30am departure.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
  • 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 50 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 25 Sep 2020
A note from Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour
Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygiene and social distancing measures. Do not travel if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. If the city in which you are departing from is in alert level two, then please wear a facemask for all transport.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Akaroa Dolphins
    65 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
    From the Main Wharf in Akaroa, head down to the end where you will see the Akaroa I-Site and a small park on the right-hand side. Next to the Canon statue, a representative will be waiting for you. Please arrive by 10.15am for a 10.30am departure.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Akaroa Village Inn
  • 1
    Christchurch Botanic Gardens
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Christchurch Cathedral
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Lyttelton
    Sign of the Takahe
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.0
35 reviews
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Katie P
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Scotty is an excellent tour guide. He was so informative and knowledgeably it was astounding.
We were a group of 6 and arrived in Akaroa on a cruise, we had all been to Akaroa but not Christchurch. The cost of doing the ships tour was prohibitive and they also try to scare you with the old ‘if you’re not back in time we’ll sail without you’.
This tour guaranteed returning to the ship on time so we gave it a go and we’re so glad that we did.
Straight away Scotty explained the timetable for the day and we could then relax and enjoy the day knowing that we would be back in plenty of time for the last tender.
The bus drive was very interesting and picturesque. The scenery is just beautiful and so varied.
Visiting Christchurch was great and we took Scottie’s recommendation and enjoyed a NZ pie for lunch, delicious!
Scott was up on all the latest rebuilding information and really painted a picture of what the people of Christchurch have gone through since the 2011 earthquake. We saw everything we wanted to see and more.
We made sure we always got back to the bus at the agreed meeting time and the tour was well paced and ran smoothly.
We took a different route back to Akaroa and saw the port of Littleton. This was unexpected and an added bonus
We arrived back at Akaroa 45 mins before the last tender and even had time for more retail therapy before getting back on the ship.
All 6 of us thoroughly recommend this tour and if you are lucky to get Scotty as your driver you’ll have a great day!
Written 11 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your Akaroa Shore Excursion to Christchurch and your high praise for your driver/guide, Scotty. As I'm sure you will notice, Scotty is mentioned a lot in other reviews for this tour and is often commended for his charming, funny personality and excellent knowledge and commentary. It's always great to see him receiving so many 5 star reviews and recommendations! With regards to your itinerary for the day, it's also great to see you enjoyed your many stops and photo opportunities on this tour, as well as the beautiful sights of Christchurch, Lyttelton and the Banks Peninsula. Thanks for the recommendation and we hope you get to visit Akaroa and Christchurch again soon!
Written 18 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yogesh B
Melbourne, Australia82 contributions
Dec 2019
We landed on shore in Akaroa from the ship by tender. We pre-booked this tour and glad we did as we have great time in this tour and learnt so much about Akaroa and Christchurch in limited time.
Very Pleased to say it was well worth the trip and good value for money.

Scotty was our driver and our guide for the day. He is brilliant, funny and superb. Straight off t, he authentically confessed that he loves to talk and talk a lot......that he did!! It was never at any point boring though, in fact with out Scotty's commentary, the tour would have been far less interesting.

The trip to Christchurch from Akaroa is about 90 mins each way..... the total trip - we left at about 10.28am and returned to the port at about 4.47pm, then straight an a tender back to the ship.

We took in lots of sights to and from Christchurch, stopping at a few picturesque spots for a quick break and photo op. We stopped at several places of interest in Christchurch as well as an hours break for lunch to spend some time walking around checking out the city.
We recommend the trip and ask for the bus with Scotty driving. He clearly is passionate about the area and the job and his knowledge. Not sure how he's able to retain and articulate relevant facts and information on numerous subjects, almost non stop for 6 hours, while keeping it very entertaining as well. He is bloody fantastic.

Thank you Canterbury Leisure to making our day a most memorable day.
Written 7 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your time with us in the Banks Peninsula and Christchurch. I am really pleased that you enjoyed yourself on this tour and got to learn a lot about the rich history of this area of New Zealand. It's also great to hear that you had such a wonderful time and learnt so much thanks to your driver/guide, Scotty, who was with you that day. All of our drivers receive excellent reviews from our passengers, but Scotty is both knowledgeable and charismatic and receives many great reviews when conducting tours. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him when I next see him. Overall, we are really happy that you were able to have such a memorable day thanks to our tours and guides. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Akaroa again soon!
Written 13 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David C
Mesa, AZ5 contributions
The tour company was very flexible as the ship had problems with their tenders. It helped people who were late and gave us extra time in Christchurch. Our driver Scott was very informative about everything we passed on the way there and back as well as about the city and the earthquakes.
Written 24 February 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you David for the great review and for praising our organisational skills. As I'm sure you were aware on the day of your departure, at least three of the cruise ships tenders broke down which caused delays throughout the morning. Fortunately, we're adaptive and prepared for all types of scenarios to ensure that our passengers can still enjoy a great day with us! Thanks to a late last tender time on the day you travelled and our passengers being well organised, this allowed us to depart at various times throughout the morning and even allowed for more time in Christchurch for many people including yourself. It's also great to hear you had a nice time on your shore excursion despite the delays at port. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Scott when I next speak to him! Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Christchurch and Akaroa again soon!
Written 3 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Buggy222
3 contributions
Jan 2020
Our tour instructions were to be on pier at 9:30. We and two other couples were there well ahead of time. At 9:35 we asked why we were not leaving. Well they were waiting for 3 other people and did not plan to leave until 10:00.

We took a very winding road into Christchurch which might have been interesting if there was not a haze limiting the views. Once in Christchurch the driver took us all around the city looking at parking lots and other empty lots as he told us about the building that used to be there before the earthquake in 2011. We saw the Catholic and Anglican churches out of the van windows but no stops. Finally we stopped at the botanical gardens and were told to be back in one hour, ready to leave for the long drive back.

I would not recommend because of the very limited time in Christchurch.
Written 10 February 2020
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Canterburyleisure
This review has been posted against the wrong company. The shore excursion being reviewed is not ours. These customers travelled with Shore Trips and Tours and not us. Our Akaroa shore excursion does not commence until 10.30 with a 10.30 report time, our excursion schedule is completely different to the schedule described and we do not us a small van for this excursion. e have requested TripAdvisor to remove it and post it to the correct site.
Written 10 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Russell F
Greater Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our group of 6 booked the day trip to Christchurch on line while cruising NZ on the Queen Elizabeth. The tour was seamless from booking on line to our return to the ship. It was heaps cheaper than similar tours organized through Cunard and paid for in NZ and not US dollars.
Our tour guide/ coach driver Scotty was the best. He didn't stop telling us the history of NZ, the earth quake and the rebuild from the time we started the journey to our return.
I even tipped him, which is unusual for an Aussie. Highly recommended tour.
Written 18 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Thanks for the awesome review, Russell. I'm pleased you enjoyed your Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights Tour from Akaroa. You are right, we are considerably cheaper than the cruise ships prices which can be very high for similar tours. It's also great to hear that you had a nice time with your driver/guide, Scotty, who was with you on the day of travel. And thanks for tipping him, which as you said, is unusual for an Aussie! haha I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him! I hope you get to return to Akaroa and Christchurch again soon!
Written 26 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dolly502014
Bury St. Edmunds, UK102 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Not a bad day but very rushed due to the travel time from Akaroa to Christchurch. The scenery on the way is stunning. The roads are very windy so if you get travel sickness you may want to think again.. the bus is big so it takes time to get 50 people on and off and back on time. Half hour at the Botanical gardens then just over an hour in the town to grab a sandwich have a quick look around and back on the bus to get back to the cruise ship! We’re glad we saw Christchurch but would look at a smaller minibus to travel in.
Written 6 March 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. I am sorry to learn that you felt the tour was a bit rushed. As you are aware Akaroa is a tender port and the time ashore is dictated by the cruise ship and the last tender time. Some of the cruise ships such as the Noordam have very late last tender times which allows us to extend the excursion on the day of travel and give everyone longer in Christchurch. As you say the scenery is stunning and with this product being half the price of what you would pay for just a shuttle to Christchurch off the cruise ship and all the excellent reviews this excursion receives it is very popular and often sold out well in advance.
Written 6 March 2020
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Sharon C
73 contributions
Feb 2020
Although the bus left on time and we were aware of the travel time to Christchurch, we didn’t expect to have only 30 minutes at the botanical gardens (also a bathroom stop). Unfortunately our driver Steve wasn’t the best. The bus didn’t start after our 30 minute stop and he didn’t explain anything to the people on the bus, except for those in the first two rows who he spoke to often without using the microphone. After being stuck for 30 minutes off we went without any explanations of what had been wrong with the bus. We then stopped for an hour and then we drove and drove and drove. I should add our driver seemed to have problems shifting gears and was constantly the only bus to pull into the passing area so other buses and cars could go by. We didn’t realize that the major of the day would be spent on a bus.....over 6 hours of driving. We arrived back at the port at 5:15.

I would definitely not recommend this tour.
Written 14 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
It is always disappointing to receive a negative review especially when the comments made by the reviewer are untrue. The reviewer traveled with us on the 7th March on the 14th April, some 5 weeks after completely the trip the reviewer requested a refund on the grounds that the excursion departed late, however, when it was shown that the excursion had departed actually a little earlier that the scheduled departure time the refund was rejected this negative review was posted. We understand that all reviews are subjective, however, it is always disappointing when outright falsehoods are stated. Please see some of the other wonderful reviews for this product, there are currently over 200 reviews with an 4.5 star average, from this I am sure you can judge the creditability of the reviewer.
Written 17 April 2020
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Renate Duncan
1 contribution
Feb 2020
I thought it was great value for the price. Scottie, our guide, was amazing with his knowledge and passion. We were met at the end of the wharf and had time to look around Akaroa before we left at around 10.15. We were assured that we would be back in time for the cruise ship and the tender. Of course we were. We took a round trip to Christchurch. Scottie gave us commentary throughout the whole trip. He was very interesting and even personalised the experience by getting us to image how things were before the earthquake. I believe the day contained as much content as you could fit into the time period. A great day made even better with Scottie’s commentaries. Thank you
Written 17 February 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your Banks Peninsula and Christchurch Sightseeing Tour and thanks for praising our driver/guide, Scotty, who was with you that day. As I'm sure you have noticed in many other reviews for this excursion, Scotty is one of our most popular driver/guides and he does his best to share as many interesting facts about both Christchurch city and the rich history of this part of New Zealand. I'm really pleased that Scotty added to your shore excursion experience from Akaroa and that you feel this excursion is great value for the price! Thanks again for the awesome review and I hope you get to visit Akaroa and Christchurch again soon!
Written 25 February 2020
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Geoffrey M
Atherton, UK77 contributions
Chris was a very knowledgeable driver and guide. He must have needed throat lozenges after this trip as he never stopped talking. Brilliant! Christchurch is a very sad place following the 2011 quake. Large areas of the city are abandoned. I'm glad I went there but I feel so sorry for the locals. Fantastic scenery all around the area and it's a great day out.
Written 15 March 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thanks for the great review, Geoffrey. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your Banks Peninsula and Christchurch Sightseeing tour from Akaroa. It's also nice to know that your driver/guide Chris did such a good job on your excursion and I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him. Regarding your comments about the earthquakes, it's true that the destruction of our central business district was devastating and rebuild efforts were very gradual, but fortunately our city has begun to recover and is slowly returning to its former glory. Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Christchurch & Akaroa someday soon!
Written 19 March 2020
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Jamtraveltips
Palm Beach Gardens, FL258 contributions
Feb 2020
Our full day, small group tour of Christchurch began in Akaroa and was given by Ian. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the city of Christchurch from Akaroa. The scenes along the Banks Peninsula of rich farmlands, green hills, gorgeous clear waters and mountains were just magnificent. We ended up in the Central City of Christchurch, but we really didn't have time to see much. We didn't have any time to explore the Botanic Gardens or the Museum, we didn't get to see much of the CBD at all! We had about an hour to have lunch, and we did have a lovely lunch. However, I wouldn't do this tour again.
Written 17 May 2020
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Canterburyleisure
This review has been posted against the wrong business. In Akaroa we do not offer a small group option on any of our shore excursions. We have repeatedly asked Tripadvisor to remove this review with details of the company against whom the review should be posted and as normal the ignore the requests and do nothing!
Written 1 July 2020
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