Great Shore Excursion for Cruise Ship Passengers Stopping In AKAROA (but NOT Port Lyttelton)......up to 11 pax !
Discover the "Garden City" with a day tour of central city landmarks, the Port Hills, Lyttelton Harbour. . . . . . . Christchurch city is in rebuild mode after the Feb 22, 2011 earthquake so the city centre is very busy . . . . the Cathedral can be seen up close and many find the Temporary "Cardboard" Cathedral an interesting structure (great acoustics inside). Canterbury Museum is open and next to it are the beautiful Botanic Gardens. As well as Akaroa you also get to see Banks Penninsula, the Hilltop, Barry's Bay Cheese Factory (try samples !)and Little River(craft shops etc). There are great views across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps from the Port Hills above Christchurch and the Port of Lyttelton is always an interesting stop.
This is a suggested tour. . . . . we are very happy to include other options such as Birdlings Flat (gemstone beach, Sumner Beach, The International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank Wildlife Park(see kiwis), Air Force World, Wine-tasting etc. as long as time permits.
Our Christchurch Day Tour for cruise ship passengers starts in Akaroa usually around 9AM when we meet you at the end of the wharf after your arrival by tender from your cruise ship.
We take a leasurely journey through Akaroa, Banks Peninsula over some scenic extinct volcanic rims to Christchurch taking stops at the Hilltop for photos, Barry's Bay Cheese Factory (sample some !), Little River (art gallery/craft co-operative) and Sign of the Takahe. From high on the Port Hills the Southern Alps can be seen 50 miles away across the Canterbury Plains.
The Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum are in the centre of the city. . . . you have some free time here to explore. We can walk up close to Christchurch Cathedral and check out the new inner city. Find out about the 2011 quake and future plans for the Garden City.
We drive back through the New Zealand countryside and enjoy the farms on either side of the road. You are back in Akaroa about 4pm.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
Akaroa- Little River 45 min. driving time
Little River-Christchurch .....direct 45 min. driving time.....scenic route via- Lyttelton Harbour Port Hills or Port of Lyttelton (town market on Saturdays) 1 hr. 15 min. driving time.
Christchurch-Akaroa on return trip 90 min. driving time.
So in total this tour has between 3 hrs and 3 hrs 30 min. driving time to get from Akaroa to Christchurch and back plus about 30 min. to 1 hr around Christchurch city depending on your requirements.
Our vehicle is a modern air-conditioned Toyota HiAce 2013 tour vehicle with microphone for guide commentary and adjusting seat backs.....Maximum capacity is 11 passengers.
If you are more than 11 and need a larger vehicle I can create a customised tour for you.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 NZD - $30 lunch per person
$6 morning tea/coffee per person
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Wonderful!!! Dermot was our guide/friend and did a wonderful job. He added so much to our vacation; meeting us right when we left the ship and filled our time with amazing adventures including beautiful vistas and interesting places. Some of the best memories of our 15 day trip are becauses of Dermots knowledge and joy for what he does. Don't miss out.