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Location / Nearby Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

Description

Discover the historic town of Akaroa and the magnificent natural beauty of the Banks Peninsula on this small group tour from Christchurch. Be amazed by the spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and the Canterbury Plains on the high scenic drive from Christchurch, visit a cheese factory to taste locally made cheese and explore Akoroa's French influenced streets. You'll have the choice to join a nature and harbor cruise to see the rich variety of marine and bird life or to swim with Hector's Dolphins, the world smallest and rarest dolphins only found in New Zealand waters.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Important information
Inclusions
  • Cheese factory visit
  • Cafe lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from all centrally located Christchurch hotels
  • An Eco-marine harbor cruise - if option selected
  • An Eco-marine adventure swimming with the Hector's Dolphins - if option selected
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We can pick from any Hotel, B&B, home-stay within central Christchurch on request
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • A percentage of the tour price is used for the conservation of New Zealand's wildlife, environment and it's endangered species
  • Tour operator picks up from all accommodation: hotel, lodge, Bed & Breakfast in Christchurch. The tour operator will confirm the tour and leave a message at the Christchurch accommodation 24 hours prior to the tour date.
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
View details
Inclusions
  • Cheese factory visit
  • Cafe lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from all centrally located Christchurch hotels
  • An Eco-marine harbor cruise - if option selected
  • An Eco-marine adventure swimming with the Hector's Dolphins - if option selected
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We can pick from any Hotel, B&B, home-stay within central Christchurch on request
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • A percentage of the tour price is used for the conservation of New Zealand's wildlife, environment and it's endangered species
  • Tour operator picks up from all accommodation: hotel, lodge, Bed & Breakfast in Christchurch. The tour operator will confirm the tour and leave a message at the Christchurch accommodation 24 hours prior to the tour date.
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
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Itinerary

  • 1. Akaroa: 300 min
  • 2. Barrys Bay Cheese: 20 min
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Image Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

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KenVicLee
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Fantastic Full Day Tour Of Akaroa

A shout out to Hugo, our tour guide, who we discovered had stayed the night in Christchurch to make certain he picked us up promptly at 8:15 am. Our tour took us out across the Canterbury Plains with its sheep, cattle and deer farms then up into the hills that overlooked the Banks Peninsula.

Our first destination was Manderley Farm in Little River. Here we had a sheep dog demonstration as well as a sheep shearing. Watching the sheep dogs run off into the hills to herd the sheep down to the shearing barn was amazing. Our host, Mary, then provided us with coffee, tea, fruit punch and homemade cookies.

From there it was a drive around French Bay to the little town of Akaroa, Hugo’s hometown. We had lunch at Bully Hayes and then time to shop for some of the famous wool products that are available in town.

After lunch Hugo asked us if we wanted to work some of those calories off. We said of course so she took us to little known traihead that meanders up a hill looking back at French Bay and Akaroa. Along the way we spotted some metal sculptures of a crocodile, some giraffes and at the end, a rhinoceros made out of automobile parts. A fun little jaunt.

It was a delightful day with a native New Zealander. We can’t thank Hugo, and Canterbury Trails, enough.
Jan-Erik B
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Very nice tour

Susan
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Excellent Day Out

Our guide Dave had a lot of knowledge and humour and made sure the tour was one of the high points of our journey in NZ. The tour had a great mix of art, cheese, the very nice town Akaroa and a harbour cruise where we saw penguins, dolphins and seals.
Vhk
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Lovely final day in NZ

Kathy
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Excellent trip to Akaroa and surrounds via private tour.

This was an excellent day out. Akaroa is beautiful and we spent a couple of hours on a boat seeing lots of nature! We had a delicious lunch at a harbour side cafe and during our minibus journeys to and from Christchurch we saw amazing scenery. Highly recommended!
Colliedog58
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Amazing Day!

macotak
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Great Personal Day Tour to see Hector’s Dolphins

Stuart picked us up promptly from our hotel, was a charming and informative companion throughout. We saw Hector’s dolphins, mini penguins and seals plus Albie the dog on our cruise with Akora Dolphin. Lovely lunch in Akora before tour of Akora itself and on to Lyttleton Harbour an Art gallery at Little River and coffee and brownies on outskirts of Christchurch. Moving visit to empty chairs memorial to victims of Christchurch Earthquakes and view of transitional cardboard cathedral. All in all lovely day. Sad to leave NZ.
chood4
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Overall Terrific but with a caveat

Katie
4.7

Fiona was fantastic!

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