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A Day in Akaroa with Harbour Cruise or Golf - Tour from Christchurch

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Duration: 9 hours
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  • Stroll through the charming village of Akaroa
  • Visit the craft stores and old French colonial buildings
  • Enjoy 2 hour Akaroa Harbor Cruise or a game of golf with all equipment
  • Visit a cheese factory and sample some of New Zealand's best cheeses
  • Pickup and drop off services for centrally located Christchurch hotels

The historic French whaling village of Akaroa in the Banks Peninsula is a 90-minutes drive from Christchurch. Akaroa is the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Their influence is still evident in this charming town - look for French street names, quaint historical buildings and inspired cuisine.

Enjoy a relaxing Akaroa Harbour Cruise on the Canterbury Cat as you cruise around an extinct volcanic crater and see the majestic scenery and stunning wildlife of New Zealand. Alternatively, you can play golf on the picturesque Akaroa Golf Course as well.

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This trip more than met my expectations! From the bus driver picking me up at my hotel, to his very informative explanations of the geography and history of the countryside we...

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You will be picked up from your hotel in Christchurch and taken in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle for a sightseeing tour to Akaroa. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

Travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Forsyth and Little River.

Stop at the Hill Top to experience panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour.

Visit the cheese factory at Barry's Bay and sample some fine New Zealand cheese.

Lunch will be taken at Bully Hayes, a popular restaurant on the waterfront in the heart of Akaroa. It offers a wide choice of New Zealand cuisine.

Following lunch you have the choice of either a two-hour cruise on the Canterbury Cat exploring the delights of Akaroa Harbour and sighting dolphins, penguins and seals, or a game of golf can be arranged on the picturesque Akaroa Golf Course.

On the return journey to Christchurch, a stop will be made at Birdling Flat on the Kaitorete Spit. This stony beach at the entrance to Lake Forsyth provides a commanding view of the southern facing cliffs of Banks Peninsula. An interesting selection of pebbles and semi-precious stones can be found on the beach.

At the end of this memorable tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Christchurch.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
This tour need minimum 2 clients to run if minimum requirement is not met either full refund would be provided or alternate day would be allocated.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach with commentary
  • English-speaking guide only for the Harbor Cruise option
  • English-speaking Captain on the Harbor Cruise
  • Cheese-sampling in a cheese factory at Barry’s Bay
  • Two-hour Akaroa Harbor Cruise or a game of golf with all equipment
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee
  • Meals
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
9 hours
Start time
0900h (09:00am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Christchurch(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
Your hotel in Christchurch
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable shoes, sunblock, hat and sun glasses. Carry your camera

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