Akaroa, Rakaia gorge, Lake Coleridge, Porters Pass, Christchurch Private tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent)

Christchurch EQ and Rebuild tour add on subject to ship docking time

Discover the secrets of the South Islands mountains , lakes and rivers with a knowledgeable local guide.

During this full day tour you will see the Canterbury Plains, Lake Coleridge, the Torlesse and Craigieburn Ranges before visiting the city of Christchurch with a local guide.

We'll see all of the things you would see on a scheduled service tour tour - and a lot more, with small groups we have the flexibility to stop along the way

As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special requests you have.


After meeting you at the Akaroa wharf, we travel around the inner harbour bays, dotted with baches (that's what we call holiday homes), As we climb to the crest of the harbor basin (also known as the summit road or crater rim) we get panoramic view back to the ship to the south , and the outer bays to the north.

Our tour leaves Banks peninsular area at Birdlings flat, known for its colored stones, where we stop and walk an a deserted beach, and learn about its formation and geology.

From here we cross the Canterbury Plains, past sheep farms, dairy farms and wheat fields to the foothills of the Southern Alps. at the edge of the Alps, the Rakaia passes through a gorge and we begin to see the snowcapped peaks of the main divide to the west. Glaciers have carved out these valleys and left hanging valleys, lakes and a rugged landscape behind as they retreated. Time for photos and a short walk before lunch at Hororata, (if heading directly back to the ship) or Darfield, (if time permits to see Christchurch)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Akaroa Cruise ship terminal, on the wharf at the top of the ramp when you get off the tender. If you get a chance , please take a look at my photo on this site, so you recognize me when you get to the wharf

End location: Akaroa Cruise ship terminal

Duration: 8 hours

duration depends on disembarking time, as any delays in disembarkation will require minor tour plan adjustments on the day


Toyota Minibus, licensed for up to eleven passengers

What’s Included

Other: My services as your personal tour guide and transportation in our private minibus to and from the cruise ship terminal at Akaroa and across the Canterbury Plains to the Craigieburn range and return via Christchurch.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 NZD - Lunch at Restaurant, cost is estimate only and per person

What’s Extra

Other: You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.

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Brian was an exceptional guide with fantastic local knowledge, flexible, fun, and interesting.
Jeff Wagner

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