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Day Trips from Akaroa

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  • pkh213
    Fairfax, VA145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were picked up at our hotel at 8:30 a.m. for this full day tour. There were 12 of us in the van. It took us about 90 minutes to make our way to Akaroa. We stopped outside area to enjoy the views from above before descending into the town. We had lunch at Bully Hayes which is in the English area of the town. At 1:30 p.m. we took a two hour cruise on Black Cat Cruises. We stopped at Barry's Bay to sample some cheese before heading back.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Edmundo_de_ABQ
    Albuquerque, NM1,272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The drive from Akaroa where ships dock, through Banks Peninsula to Christchurch is a long but interesting drive where you see much of the countryside. Christchurch is a magnificent city. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is a family owned and operated place where animals are displayed for public viewing. They advertise that they participate in conservation of Kiwi's and other wildlife. If you imagine that this is a vast wildlife sanctuary it's not. It was interesting to go inside the Kiwi habitat they've created and also to go inside the large bird enclosures.
    Written 7 February 2019
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  • Susan R
    Greater Adelaide, Australia5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trip over was a bit long but certainly beautiful scenery. Would have liked to see more of Christchurch. Just dropped in centre and left to look around.
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • Lynn P
    Chicago, IL28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This exceeded all expectations. We were picked up and taken on a tour by Dave who is a real local! He showed us around from his point of view. He always knew someone everywhere we went. He could answer all our questions. The boat ride was fantastic! The lunch was delicious.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • Joan P
    Vancouver, Canada105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best part of this tour was the sheep farm. The people who run the farm are lovely, and gave us an excellent overview of the what it takes to run a sheep farm. As well, the tea and scones were delicious and the owners were extremely hospitable and engaging. They deserve a 5/5. There was some disorganization at the outset as a driver did not show up which left our driver handling it all. He was excellent (Dennis) and gave us a great deal of information as we drove to Christchurch. We then switched vans and had limited time at the museum before being dropped off for a lunch break. Janet was our driver for the afternoon and she also had a lot of information to share. She did a very good job but was compromised by the van she had to drive. The van that we were in for the afternoon was much too cramped for the number of people and any many of the clients were uncomfortable which should never have occurred. Given the narrowness of the seats, there should have been fewer people and another van added. It is not ok to fill the van to capacity when the leg room is cramped and the road is very winding. Two people had some car sickness which may not have occurred if they had more room. Everyone should be warned in advance of the type of road. It is very manageable if people have room and a window.
    Written 2 February 2019
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  • Gogogram63
    73 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were a group of 6 senior adults who engaged Leisure Tours for this tour. The tour itself was as advertised. Christchurch was a bit disappointing as they have not really recovered yet from the destruction of 3 years ago and our time at the Gardens was too short. We spent too much time at The Giants House leaving less time at other venues.
    The reason I titled this "Exceptional Customer Service" is because we were on a cruise and when we arrived back onboard the ship I discovered that my pocket camera must have fallen out of my backpack.
    As the ship was pulling out of the pier I called Leisure Tours office. The manager listened my tale, said " that tour guide just pulled in let me check". He came back to tell me they had the camera. He then asked where the ship was going the next day, asked what tour we were doing and arranged for me to pick up my camera the next morning at the Information Center.
    Thank you for the exceptional customer service!
    Written 6 January 2020
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  • Pathfinder794970
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • Brian D
    Darlington, UK964 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating tour round the area which was, unfortunately, spoiled by some appalling rain!! The driver did well keeping us entertained and we all felt sorry for him!!
    The trip included the Antarctic exhibition - however, Leisure tours refused to take us there as there weren't enough people on the trip - I was angry!!!
    Written 3 February 2024
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