We booked this ahead of time via the Akaroa central booking web site. Since they aren't the actual provider, it takes time with back and forth emails. A little frustrating at times, but finally got it booked and it was well worth it. In fact, my wife and I agree, this was probably the highlight of our cruise through New Zealand.
Instructions were to try to be first ones off ship, and since we tender, this can be tricky. It turned out all 8 folks, 6 cruisers and 2 land based tourists, were on time. We met Robin and off we went. He took us over about 125 km of roads that are part of his normal route. So many breathtaking vistas and plenty time stop and out. Got to spend a bit of time at some the better vistas. Robin would stop anywhere you asked if it was safe.
Stopped about 2.5 hours into trip for a little picnic brunch of tea/coffee, all instant. A bunch of crackers with 2 excellent home made jams, and some home made muffins. The cruise line could use some pointers from Robin's wife. And she should consider selling some of it ;-)
Kept delivering mail and finally stopped at a nice beach, with a surprise waiting. Unknown to Robin, there was a fairly young yellow eyed penguin just walking along beach, not a care in the world. We got within 5 feet and he could care less. Amazing experience that rarely happens. Finished the mail run and he dropped us in town, where we strolled back through the shops, about 10 minutes to tenders. If you didn't want to be dropped, he'd take you right to where the tenders depart. Great day. Excellent tour Robin!
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