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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour and Giants House Local Tour

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour and Giants House Local Tour
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Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
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About
Enjoy a local 3 hour guided sightseeing shore excursion of Akaroa exploring the beautiful township, harbour, and this portion of the Banks Peninsula. After being picked up from the Akaroa Wharf, your coach will travel through township and the inner bays of the Akaroa before arriving at a local cheese factory, for tastings, and travelling along the old volcanic crater rim for some magnificent views of the harbour and peninsula. Afterwards, head back into Akaroa for a guided tour of the famous Giants House, with its beautiful gardens and mosaic sculptures. This tour is perfect for those looking for a short tour of the local sights and attractions!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 2950P88
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Entry/Admission - The Giants House
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Duration
3h
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 10.50am for a 11.00am departure.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Entry/Admission - The Giants House
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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 10.50am for a 11.00am departure.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 24 Sep 2020
A note from Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour and Giants House Local Tour
Follow the safety guidelines as issued by the New Zealand Government and maintain good hygene 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 10.50am for a 11.00am departure.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Akaroa Harbour
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Hilltop Tavern
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Barrys Bay Cheese
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    The Giants House
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 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.

4.5
7 reviews
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Camper715744
7 contributions
Feb 2020
We walked to the meeting spot once off the ship and boarded a small van. The van held about 15 people. We drove up to a spot that overlooked the harbour and the scenery was beautiful. It was a chilly windy day so I was glad I had brought my jacket. Our guide gave good information on the town and surrounding area. But, the highlight was the Giants House. It is a walk up a steep hill to get there and then there are stairs to climb but to us it was worth it. The artist Josie was there giving tours of the house. Her eclectic style was wonderful. There is something there for everyone to fall in love with. Her gardens are amazing and she has done it all. We spent over an hour walking around the gardens and took tons of pictures. You were not allowed to take pictures in the house but could take all you wanted outside. There is a small museum at the back with a video about her and some artwork for purchase. I highly recommend the Giants House if you are going to Akaroa. It was a highlight of our trip.
Written 21 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canterburyleisure
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. I am pleased to learn that you had such a great local tour of Akaroa and banks Peninsula and enjoyed the Giants House so much. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit this unique region again.
Written 23 August 2020
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Lyn W
Lithgow, Australia36 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were met ashore in Akaroa with a friendly welcome and to our surprise we were upgraded and we got to go to Christchurch as well. We toured the Banks Peninsula absolutely amazing views. In Christchurch we were able to see how much has happened to rebuild the city after the 2009 earthquake, it has been a mammoth task and much has happened since we visited in 2014. It is a beautiful city. We then came back to Akaroa and visited The Giants House. If you only do one thing in Akaroa this is a must, the owner has created a home & garden beyond belief. It was amazing. Overall, we thouroughly recommend this tour.
Written 28 March 2020
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Canterburyleisure
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 tour and Giant's House so much. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit this unique region again.
Written 23 August 2020
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Huey L
10 contributions
The Artist Josie done an incredible job decorating both the inside and her outside garden with plants, animal bonsai, beautiful tiles overlay designs on cemented objects. WOW what a sight to behold. My only concern would be walking over the beautiful tiles on a wet rainy day. Enjoyed the visit on an overcast day.
Written 17 February 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thanks for the 5 star review of your Akaroa Harbour and Giants House Local Tour. I'm really happy you enjoyed yourself on this shore excursion - particularly at the Giant's House. Josie has done such an incredible job creating this wonderfully artistic house and gardens and it's great to see so many people appreciating some of our local talent. With regards to your comments about the tiles, we have never had an accident while we have worked with them and I'm not aware of any major incident, but I'll pass on your comments. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit Akaroa again soon!
Written 25 February 2020
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BKGTrips
Wailea, HI195 contributions
Jan 2020
We booked this tour online since we were coming into Akaroa on a cruise. I just wanted a mini tour of the area and then was planning on walking around the town. What I got was two hours in a van touring the countryside and about an hour at the Giants house. The stop for coffee described was a mini stop for about 10 min so we could get out of the van. The tour was way to much time in the van and we personally felt the Giants house was OK to see but an hour was just to long to be stuck there.

To be fair, the guide was pleasant and offered a lot of detail about the area. The drive was pretty but I just wasn't prepared to be trapped in a van for 2 hrs.
Written 20 February 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. The local tour you booked was a two hour sightseeing tour followed by a tour of the Giants House. The description provided of the tour at the time of booking was exactly the shore excursion provided, so we are unsure why you were not expecting the excursion that was provided.
Written 21 February 2020
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Vince B
Crest Hill, IL31 contributions
Nov 2019
We took the Akaroa Harbour & Giants House Local Tour and had a great time. The tour company met us at the dock and our bus was there waiting. OUr tour guide was pleasant, friendly and knew the area extremely well. We made several stops along the way and had plenty of time for photos with awesome views of Akaroa harbor from the mountains. The tour finished with a grand tour of the Giants House. This was an amazing place and the gardens were beautiful. Again, plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy the house and gardens at your pace. We were dropped off in town and had several hours to walk through Akaroa and enjoy the shops and scenery. Great way to see Akaroa. Highly recommend this tour.
Written 12 December 2019
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your Akaroa Harbour & Giants House Local Tour. I'm really glad you enjoyed this shore excursion. We only started this tour this cruise ship season and it's already proven to be quite popular amongst visitors. It is a great substitute for those looking to do something during their time in the Akaroa Harbour but who don't want to drive into Christchurch. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit New Zealand again soon.
Written 16 December 2019
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Lynne D
Watford, UK241 contributions
Nov 2019
I booked following other good reviews before traveling with Leisure Tours (Shores Trips & Tours) and I received great customer service and communication throughout. They were easy to find at each port, with a representative on hand to reassure you. The drivers were excellent, very friendly, personable and accommodating.
This tour was one of the best in NZ, Akaroa is a beautiful port with great souvenir shops at good prices. The tour was approx 3h and took in all best sites locally, a visit to Barry's cheeses via lunch at the Hilltop Tavern, which unfortunately for us was a cloudy day which meant we couldn't appreciate the stunning views, and finishing at the delightful Giants House and gardens (Afternoon Tea is available at a small charge) and we were given the option of being dropped back at the port or making use of the time available to make the short stroll back via the lovely little town, shops & market on cruise days. Admission to the house was included in the tour price which is great value for money compared to the cruise excursion costs.
Written 20 November 2019
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you, Lynne, for taking the time to post such a detailed review and recommendation of our Local Sights and Giants House Tour. We really appreciate your kind words regarding our representatives and driver/guides for your day of travel - I'll be sure to pass on your great comments to them. This option is good alternative to Christchurch based tours and is perfect for those who only want to spend a few hours visiting some of the best attractions and this portion of the Banks Peninsula. And, as you mentioned, this tour is great value for money! Thanks again for the glowing review and I hope you get to visit Akaroa and New Zealand again soon!
Written 21 November 2019
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Robyn C
Melbourne, Australia32 contributions
Jan 2020
entertaining and informative I would happily book with this company again. Professional form start to finish
Written 8 February 2020
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Canterburyleisure
Thank you very much for the kind words and 5 star rating! I hope you get to return to Akaroa again soon and join us for another shore excursion!
Written 12 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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