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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River provided by Leisure Tours

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River
3.5
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from $179.49 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 7 days in advance
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Last updated: 25 Sep 2020
A note from Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River
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.
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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
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.
What to expect
Your shore excursion begins with port pickup in Akaroa, where you’ll meet your informative guide. After making the journey past the eastern coastline and scenic bays of the South Island’s Banks Peninsula, arrive in Christchurch for your city sightseeing tour of ‘The Garden City.’  See the central city highlights including the Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance, and stroll around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with your guide. Then take a scenic drive to the foothills of the Southern Alps for an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Waimak River — one of New Zealand's largest braided rivers. Slip on your provided life jacket and splash-proof gear, then blast through river streams at high speed and hold tight during thrilling 360-degree spins.  The return to Christchurch takes you through the pastoral landscapes of the Canterbury Plains before you’re transferred back to the Akoroa cruise port. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Akaroa 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.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2950PRTCHCCLT68CS
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Port pickup and drop-off • Local guide • Jet-boat ride • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Exclusions
Food and drinks
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.
Inclusions
Port pickup and drop-off • Local guide • Jet-boat ride • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Exclusions
Food and drinks
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
Life-vests and splash-proof jackets provided on jet-boat
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Infants must sit on laps
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
The minimum age for jet-boating is two years of age.
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
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
    Pass by
    Cathedral Square
  • 2
    Alpine Jet Thrills - Braided Shallows
    Stop: 35 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Banks Peninsula
  • You'll end 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
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Cecilia L
30 contributions
Late departure
Mar 2020 • Solo
This tour was a little disorganized to get us off to our activities, the speed boat ride thru the river was fun!
Written 9 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
It is always disappointing to receive a review with the implication there were issues with the excursion without further explanation. The reviewer was cruising on the Celebrity Solstice which was over an hour late berthing in Akaroa due to strong wind gusts at the harbours heads. As a result the excursions timing was rescheduled to accommodate for the late arrival of all those booked on the various excursions Even with the excursion departing 30 minutes later than scheduled the excursion duration was not affected. I am pleased you enjoyed the jet boating.
Written 9 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Skinflint_traveller
Lake Forest, CA47 contributions
Flying over just inches of water!
Feb 2020
The bus ride was a long one from Akaroa, but the scenery was fantastic and the seats were comfortable. We went in mid February, and the water levels were down. This added to the excitement. Make no mistake... it is a tad bit dangerous. We scraped bottom on the river bed 3 times. The first time, the driver raised his hand over his head and held his fingers up to indicate that we had just scooted over about an inch of water.

I took out my iPhone about halfway through and recorded a bit of the journey. It's awesome to look back on.

Also, if you are coming from your cruise ship, plan on it taking an hour to get to shore. It took us less than that, but just the tender ride itself was 15 minutes, and there was still a line to get on.
Written 22 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Thanks for the awesome review! I'm really glad you had such a great time on your Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on the Waimak River from Akaroa. It really is a beautiful drive through the scenic Banks Peninsula and our vehicles are both modern and comfortable. With regards to the jet boating, the ride up the Waimakariri River is really exciting and fun. It may feel exhilarating and even a little scary, but feel rest assured that the jet boat drivers are all professionals and there have been no major accidents involving Jet Thrills that we are aware of since operations have begun. They also adopt some of the highest safety practises for any tour operators based in NZ, which means that all our passengers are in safe hands! Also, thanks for the advice regarding the tenders into Akaroa Port. Though our official departure time is 10.30am, lines can be long for the tenders on the cruises and delays are possible - so allowing yourself at least an hour to board a tender means that everyone can arrive at the shore on time and, in many cases, depart well before schedule. Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Akaroa and Christchurch again soon!
Written 3 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pathfinder794970
4 contributions
Nice tour of Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula
Jan 2020
Our driver did a great job showing us the Banks Peninsula and Christchurch. It's a shame so much damage from the 2011 Earthquake in Christchurch, but still beautiful and good to hear the story and rebuild going on. The Jet Boat ride on the Waimak was a real hoot! loved it. Would recommend!
Written 10 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Thank you for the great review and kind words. I'm happy you enjoyed your Christchurch city shore excursion with Jet Boating and that your driver/guides did a great job. Yeah, there are still some areas of Christchurch that need rebuilds and repairs from the Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. We are a small country and the progress has been slow, but we're overall happy that much of the city has been rebuilt and that things are getting back to how they were pre-earthquake. It's also nice for people to see the rebuilding in action on these tours so they have a much better understanding of what happened here nearly a decade ago. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit New Zealand again soon!
Written 17 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Emma S
Geelong, Australia3 contributions
Do not book if coming via cruise ship
Jan 2020
I was so excited to go on this trip it looked amazing and it was the one shore excursion we had planed to do whilst on our cruise. Unfortunately, due to the cruise tendering process we were unable to get to the pick up location on time. I have tried on sever occasions to contact the complany to assist with refund and or travel insurance claim but have had no response. Ironcially, we did have a lovely day in Akaroa just walking around enjoying the quaint little town. DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR IF COMING FROM A CRUISE SHIP.
Written 6 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
The excursion had a scheduled departure time of 10.30. Off this cruise ship we had 182 passengers pre-booked, all of the passengers bar this booking were ashore and aboard the coaches by the scheduled departure time. We held a vehicle back until 11.00 am to wait for these late arrivals to catch up the excursion in Christchurch, however, this booking did not arrive until 11.20 by which time it was far too late to do the excursion. The fact that they missed the tour was completely their own fault. To date we have received no communication at all from the customers requesting a refund or for assistance with a travel insurance claim, which we would happily assist with.
Written 6 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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