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

Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

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  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Start time

    0900h (09:00am)
    Duration: 9 hours

  • 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

Key Highlights

  • 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.


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.


  • 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

Additional info

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.

Customer Reviews

  • Michelle S Bourgeois
    Great visit to Akaroa!

    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...

    United States 03/13/2013

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