For those staying in Christchurch or arriving by cruise ship at PORT LYTTELTON (not Akaroa).......for up to 10 pax !
Akaroa means "Long Harbour" in Maori and it is Christchurch's most popular day-tour destination. Join me and explore the scenic Banks Peninsula, with its extinct volcanoes that have formed Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, and find out about the Maori and French history of this unique area. You can lunch at our recommended restaurant or even try take-away "fish and chips", a favourite for visitors.
We suggest you take a boat trip with award-winning "Black Cat Cruises" and look out for endangered Hectors Dolphins (the smallest in the world), Little Blue Penguins and seals. If we have time on the return we can stop at Birdlings Flat . . . . a stoney beach with pebbles and semi-precious stones.
My tours are flexible and very personal so let me know exactly what you would like and I will do my best to provide a fun and informative day out !
If you are more than 11 and need a larger vehicle I can create a customised tour for you.
Travel to Akaroa via Lyttelton Harbour, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Little River where we stop to look at the old railway station which has been converted into a Crafts Centre. We stop at "the Hilltop" on the crater rim for photos of Akaroa from above. We also visit Barrys Bay Cheese Factory to sample some of their fine cheese. We have time to explore Akaroa township before heading back to Lyttelton/Christchurch.
Wine-tasting, Birdling's Flat (jem stone beach), Port Hills Summit Road (views over Christchurch and to the Southern Alps), Okains Bay Museum, International Antarctic Centre @ Chch Airport, Black Cat Nature Cruise, Akaroa (2 hours, look for Hector's Dolphins, Little Blue Penguins, seals etc. )
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
Duration: 7 hours
Our vehicle is a modern Toyota Hiace tour vehicle 2013 with microphone for the guide commentary. We have air-conditioning, reclining seats and maximum capacity is 11 passengers.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
35 NZD -
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Dermot did a great job. He gave us a complete tour with a great lunch by the river in Christchurch. He is very knowledgeable and personable. I recommend him and would call on him again.