Christchurch Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Banks Peninsula, Akaroa Harbour Cruise & Dolphin Swim

Christchurch Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Banks Peninsula, Akaroa Harbour Cruise & Dolphin Swim

Banks Peninsula was formed following the violent eruptions of two volcanoes. A crater nurses the picturesque harbour of Akaroa with many smaller bays indenting the coastline. Sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, the Peninsula was then inhabited by Maori.

In 1840 French settlers arrived at Akaroa, which had just been claimed under the Treaty of Waitangi by the English. To this day Akaroa remains unique, the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Many streets have French names and there are descendants of the original French families still living in Akaroa. The charm of this old French town with the incredible scenery encountered on the way have assured Akaroa’s popularity as a unique destination.

Travel to Akaroa over the beautiful Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes. The high summit route gives glorious views of Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps and the remote bays and farmlands. The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbour and Akaroa village, the only French settlement established in New Zealand.

Join the Eco-marine Nature & Harbour Cruise & Dolphin Swim on the Akaroa Harbour We provide wetsuits, masks and snorkel. You only have to bring you swimming costume and a towel. We’ll provide you with a hot shower afterwards and there’s a hot drink after your swim. If you are new to snorkeling and using a wetsuit, your crew will be on hand to help you out.

After lunch (included) visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory for a cheese tasting of locally made cheeses, the only remaining cheese factory on the peninsula from a bygone era. Enjoy the quaint colonial style architecture and wander around the charming 150 year old French harbourside village of Akaroa with it's museum of settlers' history, art and craft shops and studios, cafes and wine bars.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Price:
From (NZD) $455 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: CTAK02

Inclusions

Travel by deluxe mini coach
Harbour Cruise and Swim with Dolphins the Black Cat
Cheese factory visit
Scenic drive with stops for photographs
Delicious picnic morning and afternoon teas
Bistro/Café/Pub lunch in Akaroa
Time to explore numerous shops in Akaroa
Courtesy city hotel - homestay pickup and drop off
Fully escorted with informative commentary

Dolphin Swimming Guarantee

If you see dolphins but for some reason do not get to swim with them, then you will get a part refund. This might happen if the dolphins have calves with them, or are feeding or mating. In the last 12 months dolphins were seen on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81% of the trips. If in the unlikely event no dolphins are spotted you will receive a 75% refund.

Tour Highlights

  • Banks Peninsular high scenic drive with spectacular views
  • Akaroa Harbour Cruise & swimming with one of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector’s Dolphin
  • The White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world
  • New Zealand Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near Seal Bay

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departs daily
  • Departure Point: Free pick up & drop off from inner city accommodation
  • Departure Time: at 8:30am
  • Duration: 9.5 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour returns at 5:45pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • Minimum age for children to swim is 8.
  • Separate rates apply for those who just want to view the dolphins on board and not get into the water.
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.

What to Bring

We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera – there are incredible views.

Information for Parents

Akaroa harbour Cruise catamarans are suitable for families and for young children. The vessels have high rails, however we suggest that children are supervised at all times both for their own safety and for the enjoyment of the other people on board. We also suggest warm clothes, a hat and sun screen lotion.

Tourism Affiliations

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4/5.0

There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

4
04/10/2014
Everything was good. The ride was smooth and the tour guide was exceptional. Friendly, warm, personal and I got lucky with the other 3 people with me (American family). It made it as if I was with my own friends and family. Despite the disappointment of not being able to swim with Dolphins (bad water conditions), the impromptu detours taken were definitely worth it.
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Christchurch Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Banks Peninsula, Akaroa Harbour Cruise & Dolphin Swim
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Tour Code: CTAK02
From (NZD) $455 per person
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