Transport | Akaroa – New Zealand

Akaroa Chines


The journey to Akaroa is a delightful trip through some stunning scenery. The Journey will take about one and a half hours directly by car - but if you're able to stop off along the way you could discover some unexpected highlights of your trip. The road nestles against the Banks Peninsula hills as it leads to Te Waihora - the expansive 20,000 hectare lagoon of Lake Ellesmere, rich with eel, flounder and waterfowl of all types. You will pass through the village of Little River, a worthwhile stop to check out the cafes, art and craft galleries. On reaching the hilltop take time to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Akaroa harbour, here you can choose the SH75 or the Tourist Drive route. - don't forget your camera.

  • Luxury, professional private tours, tailor made to suit your needs. Whether it's an airport transfer, a VIP trip, a private picnic on a remote Peninsula beach. We are here to accommodate your needs and showcase the fantastic scenery from the Crater Rim to the outer bays or to Christchurch and back. Travelling in a luxury, leather interior 4WD Toyota LandCruiser for up to seven passengers, we offer safe and professional luxury transport. Book your trip with us - 'Naturally we're local'. 

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays

    Phone+64 027 6262 476

  • Direct Scenic Shuttles: Pick up point is outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. Departs Christchurch daily at: 9.00am. Departs Akaroa daily at 4.00pm. Cost: $50.00 per person return $30 one way. French Connection is a quality assured passenger transport service who pride themselves on friendliness and punctuality whilst achieving a high standard of safety & comfort. They are also available for weddings and local transfers in the Akaroa and Christchurch regions.

    Phone0800 800 575 or 03 348 0897

    Fax03 348 0963

  • Akaroa Rental Cars and Tours: Nissan Murano 5 seat automatic, auto air-con, leather seats, sun roof. Free GPS with online bookings made 7+ days prior. Available 9 5 p.m. unless otherwise requested. Unlimited kms. Insurance excess applies in event of claim. Must be refueled on return. No extra charges. All taxes included. Book online to ensure availability. Visit to familiarise yourself with NZ road rules and conditions. Suggested itineraries provided. Tours available for 4 people. Minimum 3 hrs. Local, city, or off the beaten track for up to 4 people. email for tour ideas & pricing.

    Phone027 9011880

  • We have cars available in Akaroa. We specialize in one day, cruise ship rental car hire. Pick up and drop off made easy! Make the most of your trip to Akaroa and explore the area in your own time – we have various rental car options available from sedans through to vans.  After something special? We have Minis for hire – make it a day you’ll never forget! We do have limited vehicles available on the day so pre-book to ensure you’re not disappointed. Akaroa Car Rentals is part of Cruise Ship Rental Cars – make enquiries or book online HERE Phone +64 22 5483481.


    Phone+64 22 5483481

  • First shuttle out of Christchurch each day.  Coincides with Akaroa activities such as Harbour Cruises, Swimming with the Dolphins and Farm visits etc.  The Express services operates October – May departing Christchurch at 8.30am and returning from Akaroa at 3.45pm. Cost $50 return, $35 one way.
    Service departs from Rolleston Avenue outside the Canterbury Museum.  Complimentary pick-ups from city accommodation.  Airport pickups available on request.


    Phone0800 500 929

  • Rosemary Lyons-local operator of 27 years. Akaroa Tours and Taxis can take you anywhere you want to go. Rosemary offers private customised tours. Airport transfers from or to Christchurch Airport. Pick up or drop off Akaroa-Christchurch-Akaroa. Cruise ship passengers day tour to Christchurch: $300. Local tours for cruise passengers-3 hour tours-$70 per person. Local tours-Summit road, back bays, Okains Bay & Okains Bay Maori Museum. Stops made at scenic reserve, winery & cheese factory. Seats 3-4 people.  Taxis around Akaroa also available. Day time only. Phone Rosemary for a quote.

    Phone027 695 6981

  • Discovery Travel is a top Trip Advisor rated tour company. We operate affordable private fully-guided tours from Akaroa, enabling you to experience the beauty, history and scenery that make our region unique.  Let us create an itinerary with just you in mind. We have an extensive selection of options available for you to experience in Christchurch  - the International Antarctic Centre; New Zealand's national icon, 'The Kiwi' at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve; delicious wine and cheese tasting; Airforce Museum; farm tours; punting on the Avon River; Botanic Gardens and the Canterbury Museum; jet boating and more. We have a range of modern fully air-conditioned vehicles available and we can cater for any number of people.

    Phone03 357 8262