Christchurch Sightseeing Scenic Tour | Christchurch Highlights

Christchurch Sightseeing Scenic Tour | Christchurch Highlights

Originally a French settlement, Akaroa is elegant and full of character. It also sits at the edge of a beautiful harbour inside the eroded crater of a huge extinct volcano, the rim of which rises 1500 feet and your journey will see you climb over this onto your tour to the 'Garden City' known as Christchurch.

Stop for stunning views from the "Sign of the Takahe" an impressive stone built road house set high over the city, but sadly badly damaged in the 2010/11 earthquake. Your drive from here will pass through many of the badly damaged areas, but also allow you to see the huge reconstruction process underway. Access to many areas is still restricted but your guides will try and show you the iconic landmarks before your lunch stop at a riverside cafe on the Avon River (at your own expense).

Following your lunch break you will have time to enjoy one of the famous Christchurch activities (at your own expense) - Punting on the Avon, The Christchurch City Tram or a tour through the Botanic Gardens. You will also be only a short walk from the Museum and other city landmarks should you like to explore the city further.

Your drive back to Akaroa in the afternoon is by a more direct route and you might be able to stop at Barry's Bay Cheese Factory or the Hilltop Tavern. You may also want to have a look around this historic town before boarding the tenders back to the ship should time allow.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
From: Akaroa to Akaroa
From (NZD) $115 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: AKA1


Comfortable air conditioned transport
Experienced Guide
Pick up and drop off to the cruise ship tenders

Tour Highlights

  • Small Group Tour
  • Akaroa – A Historic French settlement
  • Stunning views over Banks Peninsula to Lyttelton Harbour
  • Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory or the Hilltop Tavern (if time permits)

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departures coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • Departure Point: Akaroa tender jetty
  • Departure Time: 10.00am but on some days the ships may arrive or depart at different times so tour times will be adjusted to suit.
  • Duration: 6 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour ends at 16:00pm
  • Closed: This tour only operates on days cruise ships arrive into Akaroa

Important Information

  • Availability is very limited, Please email or make contact with a Relaxing Journeys consultant first to check availability before booking via the website.
  • Lunch is not included on the tour but a table is reserved for the group at a popular riverside café
  • Advance bookings for any optional tours are recommended to be prebooked as on the day availability may be an issue
  • Children under 4 year olds can travel free of charge and are not assigned a seat unless a seat is required then child rates apply
  • 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.
  • Voted #1 on Trip Advisor and award winners 2014, 2015 and 2016

Tourism Affiliations

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There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 3 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Scenery was spectacular. We didn't realise just how far Christchurch was from the port but the drive was stunning. Most of the time in Christchurch was free time rather than guided. We were dropped off quite centrally so could walk to points of interest on our own.
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Christchurch Sightseeing Scenic Tour | Christchurch Highlights
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Tour Code: AKA1
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