Akaroa Day Tour with Private Guide....ex Christchurch


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Activity Level



Nature and Wildlife, Shore Excursion, Other


Kid Friendly: Yes. Tour is suitable for children.

Friendly: No.
The vehicle is not set up for handicapped visitors and has a small step up to the door.

Maximum travelers: 10



Japanese (basic), English (fluent)

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, Birling's Flat (jem stone beach), Port Hills Summit Road (views over Christchurch and to the Southern Alps), Okains Bay Museum, International Antarctic Centre

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We can pick you up from the Port of Lyttelton, your hotel or Christchurch International Airport. Please note that the Port of Lyttelton is damaged and only small cruise ships can use it so 95% of cruise ships will be using Akaroa for the 2017-18 and season. If your port is Akaroa (50 miles from Christchurch please check our #11686 Christchurch Day Tour). It covers the same route in reverse. Pickup at Port Lyttelton is inside a restricted area....I should be able to pick you up shipside but if there is an unforseen problem then just through the Port security gates.

End location: At the end of the day we can drop back in Lyttelton or any location of your choice in Christchurch City.

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.

What’s Included

The services of your guide and transport in our LTNZ Licenced vehicle are included. Our vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary. We have air-conditioning and the seatbacks can be adjusted. The seat configuration is 2+1 passengers along the back two rows with 2 passengers per row in the front 2 rows. There is one seat next to the driver (great for those who love photography).IE from the rear 1+2,1+2, 2, 2 and 1 passenger seat (front).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 NZD - NZ$68 2 hour Nature Cruise
NZ$30 lunch

What’s Extra

2 hour Nature Cruise with "Black Cat Cruises"

We suggest lunch at Ma Maison Restaurant

A Recent Review of this tour

DERMOT is an empathetic walking encyclopedia,deserves 5 STARS AT THE VERY LEAST! Not a dull moment on our 3-day Christchurch/Banks Peninsula/Akaroa tour which showcased 2011 quake destruction, the community's ALTRUISTIC effort to rebuild; scenic drives over breathtaking landscape with abundant wildlife evolved since volcanic eruptions MILLIONS of years ago,modified by diverse native and colonial farm heritage; conservation of native endangered species,supervised ADVENTURE ENCOUNTERS; splurge-worthy EATS!
Denise Yip

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