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Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

  • 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
Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch
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Akaroa Day Tour
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Tour Includes Lunch at Bully Hayes restaurant and a 2 hour Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour.
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Akaroa - Cruise only(no Lunch)
Akaroa Day Tour including a 2 hour Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour
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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.

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.

Reviews (37)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great day trip from Christchurch to Akaroa. Well worth doing

Great package from Leisure Tours. Picked up and dropped off from our hotel. The drive to and from Akaroa is very scenic. Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Boat trip was fantastic, we saw penguins and dolphins. Lunch was great, however it took a long...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank David H
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile
Definitely do this tour

Graham was prompt to pick us up and very friendly. We got an informative narrative and outline of the plan for the day on the way out to Akaroa, stopping at a cheese makers on the way at Barry’s Bay. We stopped for photos at...More

2  Thank B5888WHsamanthac
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit this review, it is very pleasing to hear that you had a great day out and that Graham represented our company well. The reviews we receive are important to us to ensure that we meet and where...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Cally was incredible. Smart, friendly and safest driver!

It was our last day in Christchurch and it was the best day there. Cally was the safest driver with huge information and very warm friendly personality. We spent whole day with cloudy, foggy, sunny and bit rainy weather that made our trip more memorable....More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank Sukibon
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Your comments and the time you have taken to submit your review is very much appreciated. It is great to hear that you had such an enjoyable day and that Cally represented our company in a manner that meet and possibly exceeded your expectations. I...More

Reviewed May 21, 2018
A day of leisure

Akaroa is the nearest sightseeing place from Christchurch.It takes a day. Have coffee in a coffee shop, look at the Pacific ocean and the hills on the other side.Very quite but exciting view of the harbor and the lunch near the lagoon. And the saddest...More

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank salam1954
Reviewed April 23, 2018
Amazing !!!

This tour was so worth it!!! Breathtaking views of Akaroa harbor and the lighthouse. Scenery is just spectacular. Akaroa city is just so charming too. Great little craft shops. Just so lovely and graham was a great tour guide very helpful and courteous!More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Ariella A
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

Thank you for your feedback which is important to us to ensure that we meet and where possible exceed our customers expectations. It is pleasing to learn that you really enjoyed our day tour to Akaroa and that our driver Graham was both helpful and...More

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