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Akaroa Tours & Transport

On Arrival in Akaroa:

You arrive off the ship tenders onto the main wharf. You then walk up the wharf where you come across the Akaroa i-Site - Akaroa Adventure Centre Cruise Information Cabin kiosk. It is a small kiosk on the right. The friendly staff offer a FREE booking service for ALL the tour products for the day and provide a FREE and comprehensive information service.  Phone 03 304 7784. To email go HERE.
Once you are on the main wharf in Akaroa you are in the Akaroa township. You are at the southern end of the town ship. From there it is a 15 minute walk to the northern end of the town. The beach is on the middle. 
 
Akaroa maps will be handed out to all passengers on arrival in Akaroa. 
To view the Cruise Ship arrival video click HERE. 
 
This information is about vehicle transport & tours. To view the boat tours go to the Things to Do page. 
 

Tours & Transport Available for Cruise Ship Passengers:
Buses to Christchurch:

Akaroa French Connection. Christchurch Direct Shuttle:
$50.00 per person return. $30.00 Children. Departs from Akaroa main wharf at 9.30am & 10.30am. Travel by coach to Christchurch return. Arrive in Christchurch within walking distance to Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Art Gallery, punting on the Avon & Cafes. View from a safe distance earthquake damage buildings on route. Leaves Christchurch at 3.00pm. Back into Akaroa at 4.30pm. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Akaroa Shuttle. Christchurch Direct Shuttle:
$50.00 per person return.  $40.00 Children. Departs from Akaroa main wharf at 10am, report by 9.45am.  Travel by coach to Christchurch return. Arrive in Christchurch within walking distance to Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, punting on the Avon and Central City Shopping precinct. Leaves Christchurch at 3.00pm. Back into Akaroa at 4.30pm. Book online HERE or book and pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa. 

Akaroa Shuttle Christchurch and International Antarctic Centre: 
$197.50 (Adult) per person return, Child $169.50 return, 2 hours leisure time at Antarctic Centre. Book HERE or at wharf cabin on arrival. 

Akaroa French Connection. Christchurch & Banks Peninsula Tour:
$70.00 per person return. $40.00 Children. Departs from main wharf at 10.30am.
Travel by luxury coach via the Scenic Summit road with stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch City. Experience local history surrounding Banks Peninsula which is home to two extinct volcanoes with informative commentary from your driver. Stunning views of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains, Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum and the Container Shopping Mall. Returns into Akaroa by 4.30pm. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Local Sightseeing Tours:

Akaroa French Connection. 2 Hour Local Sightseeing Tour:
$40.00 per person return. $20.00 Children. Departs from main wharf at 11.30am. Returns at 1.30pm. Travel by coach for panoramic views of the Akaroa Harbour and the local bays including Duvauchelle, Barry’s Bay, Robinsons Bay and Takamatua. We visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory where you can sample some fabulous award winning cheeses. Then we make our way up to the Historic Hill Top Tavern with more photo opportunities and refreshments. Learn Akaroa’s local history and how the Akaroa harbour and surrounding Banks Peninsula were home to 2 extinct volcanoes with informative commentary from your driver. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run:
Experience the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern bays, valleys and coastline. Travel 120km, weaving in and out of 10 bays from sea level to the crater rim delivering mail to farms and settlements. 5 days a week (Mon- Fri) 5 hour tours. 9am departure. Tours operate all year round and are $80 per person. For reservations please phone the Akaroa i-SITE/Akaroa Adventure Centre on 03 304 7784. Email: info@visitakaroa.com or Book DIRECT. On cruise ship days ALL passengers meet the red mail van at the Akaroa Main Wharf for pick up at 9am. On cruise ship days this is a very popular tour so book early. This is a scheduled service and we guarantee that passengers will be back in Akaroa with plenty of time to check out the town before departure. Web listing HERE.

Tour South Fully Escorted Tours:
Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays 3 hour tour – 1st tour leaving @ 10:00 am – returning @ 1:00 pm, second tour leaving @ 1:30 pm returning @ 4:30 pm. - Cost $70 p.p. Children aged 4-14 $50.00. p.p. www.toursouth.co.nz  Email: info@toursouth.co.nz  Robinsons Bay Lookout Point, Okains Bay Beach, Little Akaloa Church, Summit Road, Hill Top Look Out, Tikao Bay Ship Lookout. Book now or on at Main Wharf on arrival into Akaroa.  

Vintage Car Tours:
Unleash the charm and beauty of Akaroa by enjoying a memorable ride in an open vintage car for up to four passengers. The village is acclaimed to have one of the best seascapes in the world. On tour is a stunning wide-angle view of the harbour at height, a must for best photos. Comment from Rod & Maria, Bundaberg, Queensland, “Without a doubt your tour in the open Ford Tourer around Akaroa was the highlight of our recent trip to New Zealand”. Half-hour Tour at $70 N.Z. (GST incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $15 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement. Jack Porter is available from the end of the main wharf on all cruise ship days, even rainy ones as he now has a closed car as well. 

V8 Trikes:
Experience the thrill and exhilaration of a ride on our V8-powered trike. Our trike is classed as a "car" in NZ, so you'll have the added peace of mind of a seatbelt, but you won't need a helmet – giving you uninterrupted views of Akaroa's breathtaking panoramic vistas. Whether it's a short blast or a longer drive along Akaroa's famous Summit Road, from just $49pp we've got you covered. And there's always time for photos. Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable! Operating from the Akaroa Main wharf taxi stand on cruise ship days. Website: v8trikes.co.nz  Email: info@v8trikes.co.nz , Faceboook: HERE. Mobile: +64 21 985 306. Marty. 

Adventure Motorcycle Hire: 
Half and full day adventure motorcycle tours. We take out the hassle and come to you with all the gear ready to ride away from the wharf.  Let us take you straight out onto the less travelled sealed and unsealed roads on a late model Suzuki DR650 and see the sights only you and your few tour mates will experience.  Tours are 3-4 hours and you have a choice of Akaroa Heads, Northern Bays or Southern Bays routes. www.bpexperience.co.nz. If you want a full day select both a morning and afternoon tour, and we will also provide you a classic kiwi fish’n’chips lunch.  Want to go somewhere else altogether?  We are happy to take you anywhere you wish to go, get in touch with your wish list. Tours are $NZ290.00 incl GST all inclusive per rider.  Pillions can also be catered for at $NZ75.00 each, however if selecting this option we recommend sealed roads only, the rider be very experienced and the rider/pillion combination be under 150kg. For more info see the web site. 

Akaroa Tours & Charters LTD
Akaroa Tours & Charters invite you to take one of their tours of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. You will be escorted by local and experienced Hosts John and Noeline. The tours take in the sights of beautiful Akaroa, which was voted by Cruisecritic 2017 best cruise destination for Australia & New Zealand. Choose a 2 – 3 hour tour scheduled either morning or afternoon or customise your personalised VIP tour. The tours visit the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum and the Historical Maori settlement on the Onawe Peninsula as well as the bays of the Akaroa Harbour. Stops for light refreshments and photo opportunities. info@akaroa-tours-charters.co.nz  Phone John +64 210 854 8185 or Noeline +64 221 607 741. Booking page: HERE. 
 

Call Jeeves Local Tours:
Volcanic Peninsula and Bays Day Tour. Summit Road to Okains Bay, Little Akaloa, Hill Top, Options of visit to Sheep or Alpaca Farm, Maori Museum, Little River, wine tasting at French Peak. Full day tour. Private Tour luxury Mercedes Benz mini-coach $750.00, max of 6 persons. Leaving 10am-10.30am and back at 4pm-4.30pm.  Prebook by emailing HERE. Or see us on the wharf on arrival in Akaroa. For a detailed list of the cruise tours go HERE. 
 

Independent Tour Operators to Christchurch:

Canterbury Leisure Tours:
Full day tours. All tours leave at 10.30am and back into Akaroa at 4.30pm. Canterbury Leisure Tours has over 20 years experience in offering high quality tours and activities to International Visitors. All tours guarantee to get you back to the ship in time. Tours offered: CLT65CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights Tour. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $85, $45 children. CLT66CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with International Antarctic Centre. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $145, $80 children. CLT66ACS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with Willowbank Wildlife Tour. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $140, $75 Children. CLT67CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with sheep farm tour. Duration 6.5 hours Cost $150, $80 Children. CLT68CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with Jet Boating on the Lower Waimak. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $175, $90 Children. Ph: +64-3-384-0999 Fax: +64-3-384-0996, FREE PHONE 0800 484 485 Web: Click HERE.

Canterbury Trails -  'Gourmet Tour':
Specialising in small group guided tours for over 19 years Canterbury Trails offers a day trip to Akaroa from Christchurch.  We also offer cruise ship tours from Akaroa wharf which visit a number of Canterbury wineries, Christchurch city sights and scenic drive over Banks Peninsula.  Full details of all our tours can be found on our web site - www.canterburytrails.co.nz Email trails@xtra.co.nz or contact Irene on 03 384 6148 or 021 384 614. Or Book HERE. 

Call Jeeves:
Call Jeeves Tours specialise in bespoke (tailor-made) tours using a range of small luxury high class vehicles complete with driver/tour guide services. Our tours do not run to a restricted itinerary. Our friendly and flexible range of tour options are available at a number of New Zealand ports and are ideal for small or larger groups. Our vehicle and driver may be exclusively yours for the entire duration of your tour. Call Jeeves Tours are very experienced and established operators in providing private small group tours from the sea-side holiday resort village of Akaroa, and from the ports of both Lyttelton and Timaru over the summer cruise ship season. Throughout your tour you will be accompanied by our experienced driver/guide to ensure a memorable day. All vehicles are fully licensed Passenger Service Vehicles with the drivers being an approved holder of a Passenger Service Licence. Prebook by emailing HERE. Or see us on the wharf on arrival in Akaroa. For a detailed list of the cruise tours go HERE. Web site HERE.

Discovery Travel:
We are a boutique tourism business specializing in private fully-guided tours, for just you and your travelling companions.   Let us tailor-make a tour with just you in mind.  Come and experience the beauty, history and scenery that make our region unique.  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. Why join 40 others, when you can enjoy an affordable private excursion. Tel +64 275578262 262 Email: info@discoverytravel.co.nz  Website: www.discoverytravel.co.nz  or direct to cruise shore excursion page Click Here.

ES Tours: 
Join Dermot (or local guide Nick) on a small, personal, friendly tour...max 11...$110NZD p.p. with others...or a flexible PRIVATE HIRE for your group. E S Tours is highly rated on Trip Advisor (Bravo Award 2016....26/26 5* reviews)....owner/operator with over 20 years experience. Christchurch/Akaroa/Banks Peninsula Tour (6 hours) is our cruise ship specialty with scenery (volcanic rim, Canterbury Plains, Lyttelton Harbour Summit Road in good weather). Detailed commentary on volcanoes, local/NZ history and earthquakes (Christchurch rebuild tour included). Our Ford Transit Minibus has air con. and a clear PA. To book email Dermot on dermot_hall@yahoo.com.au or go to the web site: HERE.

Tour South Fully Escorted Tours:
2. Premier Share Tour – Akaroa & Christchurch – Six hour tour leaving @ 10:00 am approx. – returning @ 4:00 pm – Cost $110.00 p.p. Children aged 4-14 70.00 p.p. 
3. Elite Private Hire Tour – Six hour tours to suit – Exclusive private use of an appropriately  sized vehicle and driver for a full day tour = 1 to 5 Pax. = $650 – 6 to 11 Pax. = $950. 
Let our Tour South team of vastly experienced driver/guides take you on a fully escorted tour of Akaroa, Christchurch or the wider Banks Peninsula area, to discover some of the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this very special part of New Zealand.  www.toursouth.co.nz  Email: info@toursouth.co.nz Book now or on at Main Wharf on arrival into Akaroa.

Garden City Helicopters Scenic Flights & Adventure Tours:
A helicopter flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes! Quick and convenient, leaving you more time to explore Christchurch City and attractions but also offering an incredible scenic flight over Banks Peninsula and the City itself.  Our pilots are some of the most highly skilled and experienced in the country but are also excellent narrators and will entertain and inform you with commentary along the way.  Other options include flights to Mt Cook, Heli-jetboating, heli-golf packages or why not fly to an award winning  winery, and experience NZ’s finest superb cuisine and wines. Email info@helicopters.net.nz or phone 03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424 for more info. TO BOOK or book at Main Wharf on arrival into Akaroa. 

Rental Cars: 

Outclass Self Drive Tours:
Treat yourself to a luxury self-drive tour while in Akaroa, tailored exclusively for cruise ship passengers like you. Hire one of our classic cars, drive yourself around Canterbury and experience the sights, shops, food and culture all at your own pace. Our full day (up to 7 hours) tours offer a great variety of GPS coordinated destinations, hand-picked for varying interests and travel types; shopaholic, arts & culture enthusiast, foodie, nature lover and sightseeing fanatic. Much more personal than a coach tour and you can visit what you wish, when you like, for as long as you like. Pickup from 8:00am from the convenience of Akaroa Wharf and drop off up until 6:00pm. Email: booking@outclass.co.nz or phone 0800 OUTCLASS (0800 68825277) or 021 228 3675. Web listing HERE. Web page HERE. 

 

Animal/Farm Tours:

Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa
“Alpaca heaven on earth” - tripadvisor. Alpacas are beautiful and mysterious animals with a long and fascinating history.  Frank and Anya, who own over 130 alpacas, will share this story and their experience with you. After an interactive presentation you will have the opportunity to handle alpacas and appreciate the unique qualities of their amazing ultra fine fleece. Walk an alpaca among our herd while these majestic animals graze with their young, then feed them by hand.  The memorable views over Akaroa harbour are breathtaking. Afterwards, browse the Alpaca Shop where a selection of luxurious, dye-free alpaca knitwear exclusive to Shamarra is for sale and beverages and home baked cookies are served. Tours:  Pickup from the Main Wharf Akaroa at 11.30am returning 1.30pm -   Price: $50 per adult/$30 per child. Bookings essential.  (03) 304 5141 or info@shamarra-alpacas.co.nz. 

Akaroa Farm Tour:
Tours 10am & 1.30pm. Duration 2.45hrs. Min 6. Visit unique Paua Bay Farm. Sheep Shearing, working dogs & family history. $85 adults. $60 children (5-12 yrs). Tickets available at Info Centre & Wharf cabin. Pick up at Wharf & Info Centre. Book by emailing akaroaadventurecentre@gmail.com or book and pay at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Pohatu Penguin Tour:
Pohatu penguin colony is the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
2 hour tour will take you on one of the most scenic roads on Banks Peninsula to beautiful Pohatu Bay where you will be guided into the penguin colony to view Penguins. Your hosts are 4 time winners of conservation awards for protection of penguins and other biodiversity and are Department of conservation approved operators.  Prices: $65 Adult, $35 child. Tours depart at 11am & return at 1pm, and again at 1.30 returning into Akaroa at 3.30pm. 
4 hour tour: Full Scenic nature safari or 4 hour Scenic Nature tour by 4 WD mini-van. You will take part in our monitoring program of nesting sites allowing you see penguins up close and in season chicks. Pohatu/Flea bay is a working sheep and cattle farm, so sheep to feed by hand and to photograph. Complimentary drinks and muffins or cake are provided at the bay. Great for the keen birdwatcher or photographer. This 4 hour tour runs from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm. $95 per person. $65 child under 15 years. 
Book by emailing tours@pohatu.co.nz or book and pay at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa. 

Akaroa Seal Colony Safari
Enjoy this nature experience to visit the New Zealand Fur Seals on a small group tour. Your local guide has more than 20 years experience. Beginning in Akaroa your guide will pick you up and take you on a unique journey up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, you will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits. Safaris run at 9:30am and 1:00pm and take between 2.5 to 3 hours. To book: info@sealtours.co.nz, +64(0)33047255 or +64(0)27494 2070 or go direct to the web page: HERE. 


 

Photo Tours:

PHOTO TOURS by Maja Moritz Photography
Individually realising the best possible tour meeting your interests with as many stops as you want for photo opportunities. Enjoy professional tips and advice for better images! Receive a fun one-on-one tuition while you are indulging in the magnificent scenery and views. Discover - See - Experience. Upskill included. We take you through the breathtaking landscape of the Banks Peninsula (Half Day Tours of 3 or 4 hours) and also for a look around in Christchurch (Full Day Tours of 5 or 6 hours). Delight in an exclusive tour experience in a Land Rover Discovery Sport with max 4 passengers. Email: maja@heavenlyspot.nz Phone 027 4210424, Web site: HERE. Akaroa.com Web Site Listing HERE. 


Golf:

Akaroa Golf Course:
Fantastic Scenic 9 or 18 hole course. Book with Information Centre team on the main wharf on arrival or pre-book directly with Akaroa Golf Club. Cruise Ship Packages: Walking Package- $95.00 NZD per person, Includes:-Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf, Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course, Course information briefing & equipment set-up, Clubs, Balls, Tees, Trundler Trolley, Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time. Ride on Cart Package- $130.00 NZD per person, OR $220 NZD per couple, Limited number of carts available, bookings essential, Includes:– Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf, Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course, Course information briefing & equipment set-up, Clubs, Balls & Tees, Ride on Cart, Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time. MORE INFO HERE.


Bicycle Tour: 

eBiking Akaroa: 
CRUISESHIP PROMO. 9am Eastern Bay Tour: This enchanting tour allows you to take in the stunning scenery around the volcanic Banks Peninsula summits. It includes farmland views and panorama vista of eastern bays coastline. • Guided Tour: $155pp • We pick you up from Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa • A 2 hour biking, 3hrs total tour including a complimentary snack. 
1pm Southern Bay Tour: This tour begins in the Wainui settlement and allows you to take in the stunning scenery of inner harbour, Akaroa and the Southern Bays. • Guided Tour: $155pp. • We pick you up from Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa. • A 2 hour biking tour including a complimentary snack.
Other Tours; 1 hour $50, 2 hours $115. 
Book by emailing ebikeakaroa@gmail.com or Book Direct.  Phone: Kaz 027 2823444 or Gail 027 4466444. Web site: HERE. Good bike balance and medium fitness required.


Local Wine Tour: 

Akaroa Unique Vineyard Tour: 
One Hour Meniscus Winery Tour. Enjoy a visit to the stunning winery in Akaroa. Pick up from the Main Wharf and brought to the vineyard. 
de@meniscuswines.co.nz Email David to book for this. $40pp. Children also $40. From 10am. Min: 2, Max: 5.  

Banks Peninsula Wine Tour:
Spend an afternoon ‘A la French’. What a better place to taste wine and cheese than in the most French village of New Zealand! Explore Akaroa harbour and visit our local award winning vineyards. Learn about our French history and the geology of the area creating unique wines. Taste some of our local cheeses; you drink, we drive; and as we go it makes for an afternoon delight. 1.30pm to 4pm. Price: $115 per adult. info@bankspeninsulawinetour Phone number: 021 082 68 911. Book HERE or at Main Wharf on arrival. 

Akaroa Winery Tour: 
Akaroa Winery situated in Takamatua valley overlooks the beautiful local harbour. Akaroa Winery is Akaroa's first and only certified Organic Vineyard and Winery Estate. Tour the vineyard and modern wine making facility. Taste some of the many wine vintages available while touring the amazing grounds and see the "dirt to bottle" experience first hand. Complimentary Shuttle Service available. Open daily 11am to 4pm. Private Tours and Tastings can be made by appointment. Contact Allan for more information on 03 304 8990 manager@takamatuavalley.co.nz 

Hop on-Hop off Bus Around Akaroa:

Akaroa All day Hop on-Hop off Shuttle: 
The $10 hop on hop off bus runs every 25 minutes, stops at main wharf, lighthouse, museum, recreation ground, Giants House. $10 per person for an all day ticket. 

On Arrival in Akaroa:

You arrive off the ship tenders onto the main wharf. You then walk up the wharf where you come across the Akaroa i-Site - Akaroa Adventure Centre Cruise Information Cabin kiosk. It is a small kiosk on the right. The friendly staff offer a FREE booking service for ALL the tour products for the day and provide a FREE and comprehensive information service.  Phone 03 304 7784. To email go HERE.
Once you are on the main wharf in Akaroa you are in the Akaroa township. You are at the southern end of the town ship. From there it is a 15 minute walk to the northern end of the town. The beach is on the middle. 
 
Akaroa maps will be handed out to all passengers on arrival in Akaroa. 
To view the Cruise Ship arrival video click HERE. 
 
This information is about vehicle transport & tours. To view the boat tours go to the Things to Do page. 
 

Tours & Transport Available for Cruise Ship Passengers:
Buses to Christchurch:

Akaroa French Connection. Christchurch Direct Shuttle:
$50.00 per person return. $30.00 Children. Departs from Akaroa main wharf at 9.30am & 10.30am. Travel by coach to Christchurch return. Arrive in Christchurch within walking distance to Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Art Gallery, punting on the Avon & Cafes. View from a safe distance earthquake damage buildings on route. Leaves Christchurch at 3.00pm. Back into Akaroa at 4.30pm. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Akaroa Shuttle. Christchurch Direct Shuttle:
$50.00 per person return.  $40.00 Children. Departs from Akaroa main wharf at 10am, report by 9.45am.  Travel by coach to Christchurch return. Arrive in Christchurch within walking distance to Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, punting on the Avon and Central City Shopping precinct. Leaves Christchurch at 3.00pm. Back into Akaroa at 4.30pm. Book online HERE or book and pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa. 

Akaroa Shuttle Christchurch and International Antarctic Centre: 
$197.50 (Adult) per person return, Child $169.50 return, 2 hours leisure time at Antarctic Centre. Book HERE or at wharf cabin on arrival. 

Akaroa French Connection. Christchurch & Banks Peninsula Tour:
$70.00 per person return. $40.00 Children. Departs from main wharf at 10.30am.
Travel by luxury coach via the Scenic Summit road with stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch City. Experience local history surrounding Banks Peninsula which is home to two extinct volcanoes with informative commentary from your driver. Stunning views of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains, Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum and the Container Shopping Mall. Returns into Akaroa by 4.30pm. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Local Sightseeing Tours:

Akaroa French Connection. 2 Hour Local Sightseeing Tour:
$40.00 per person return. $20.00 Children. Departs from main wharf at 11.30am. Returns at 1.30pm. Travel by coach for panoramic views of the Akaroa Harbour and the local bays including Duvauchelle, Barry’s Bay, Robinsons Bay and Takamatua. We visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory where you can sample some fabulous award winning cheeses. Then we make our way up to the Historic Hill Top Tavern with more photo opportunities and refreshments. Learn Akaroa’s local history and how the Akaroa harbour and surrounding Banks Peninsula were home to 2 extinct volcanoes with informative commentary from your driver. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run:
Experience the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern bays, valleys and coastline. Travel 120km, weaving in and out of 10 bays from sea level to the crater rim delivering mail to farms and settlements. 5 days a week (Mon- Fri) 5 hour tours. 9am departure. Tours operate all year round and are $80 per person. For reservations please phone the Akaroa i-SITE/Akaroa Adventure Centre on 03 304 7784. Email: info@visitakaroa.com or Book DIRECT. On cruise ship days ALL passengers meet the red mail van at the Akaroa Main Wharf for pick up at 9am. On cruise ship days this is a very popular tour so book early. This is a scheduled service and we guarantee that passengers will be back in Akaroa with plenty of time to check out the town before departure. Web listing HERE.

Tour South Fully Escorted Tours:
Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays 3 hour tour – 1st tour leaving @ 10:00 am – returning @ 1:00 pm, second tour leaving @ 1:30 pm returning @ 4:30 pm. - Cost $70 p.p. Children aged 4-14 $50.00. p.p. www.toursouth.co.nz  Email: info@toursouth.co.nz  Robinsons Bay Lookout Point, Okains Bay Beach, Little Akaloa Church, Summit Road, Hill Top Look Out, Tikao Bay Ship Lookout. Book now or on at Main Wharf on arrival into Akaroa.  

Vintage Car Tours:
Unleash the charm and beauty of Akaroa by enjoying a memorable ride in an open vintage car for up to four passengers. The village is acclaimed to have one of the best seascapes in the world. On tour is a stunning wide-angle view of the harbour at height, a must for best photos. Comment from Rod & Maria, Bundaberg, Queensland, “Without a doubt your tour in the open Ford Tourer around Akaroa was the highlight of our recent trip to New Zealand”. Half-hour Tour at $70 N.Z. (GST incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $15 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement. Jack Porter is available from the end of the main wharf on all cruise ship days, even rainy ones as he now has a closed car as well. 

V8 Trikes:
Experience the thrill and exhilaration of a ride on our V8-powered trike. Our trike is classed as a "car" in NZ, so you'll have the added peace of mind of a seatbelt, but you won't need a helmet – giving you uninterrupted views of Akaroa's breathtaking panoramic vistas. Whether it's a short blast or a longer drive along Akaroa's famous Summit Road, from just $49pp we've got you covered. And there's always time for photos. Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable! Operating from the Akaroa Main wharf taxi stand on cruise ship days. Website: v8trikes.co.nz  Email: info@v8trikes.co.nz , Faceboook: HERE. Mobile: +64 21 985 306. Marty. 

Adventure Motorcycle Hire: 
Half and full day adventure motorcycle tours. We take out the hassle and come to you with all the gear ready to ride away from the wharf.  Let us take you straight out onto the less travelled sealed and unsealed roads on a late model Suzuki DR650 and see the sights only you and your few tour mates will experience.  Tours are 3-4 hours and you have a choice of Akaroa Heads, Northern Bays or Southern Bays routes. www.bpexperience.co.nz. If you want a full day select both a morning and afternoon tour, and we will also provide you a classic kiwi fish’n’chips lunch.  Want to go somewhere else altogether?  We are happy to take you anywhere you wish to go, get in touch with your wish list. Tours are $NZ290.00 incl GST all inclusive per rider.  Pillions can also be catered for at $NZ75.00 each, however if selecting this option we recommend sealed roads only, the rider be very experienced and the rider/pillion combination be under 150kg. For more info see the web site. 

Akaroa Tours & Charters LTD
Akaroa Tours & Charters invite you to take one of their tours of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. You will be escorted by local and experienced Hosts John and Noeline. The tours take in the sights of beautiful Akaroa, which was voted by Cruisecritic 2017 best cruise destination for Australia & New Zealand. Choose a 2 – 3 hour tour scheduled either morning or afternoon or customise your personalised VIP tour. The tours visit the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum and the Historical Maori settlement on the Onawe Peninsula as well as the bays of the Akaroa Harbour. Stops for light refreshments and photo opportunities. info@akaroa-tours-charters.co.nz  Phone John +64 210 854 8185 or Noeline +64 221 607 741. Booking page: HERE. 
 

Call Jeeves Local Tours:
Volcanic Peninsula and Bays Day Tour. Summit Road to Okains Bay, Little Akaloa, Hill Top, Options of visit to Sheep or Alpaca Farm, Maori Museum, Little River, wine tasting at French Peak. Full day tour. Private Tour luxury Mercedes Benz mini-coach $750.00, max of 6 persons. Leaving 10am-10.30am and back at 4pm-4.30pm.  Prebook by emailing HERE. Or see us on the wharf on arrival in Akaroa. For a detailed list of the cruise tours go HERE. 
 

Independent Tour Operators to Christchurch:

Canterbury Leisure Tours:
Full day tours. All tours leave at 10.30am and back into Akaroa at 4.30pm. Canterbury Leisure Tours has over 20 years experience in offering high quality tours and activities to International Visitors. All tours guarantee to get you back to the ship in time. Tours offered: CLT65CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights Tour. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $85, $45 children. CLT66CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with International Antarctic Centre. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $145, $80 children. CLT66ACS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with Willowbank Wildlife Tour. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $140, $75 Children. CLT67CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with sheep farm tour. Duration 6.5 hours Cost $150, $80 Children. CLT68CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with Jet Boating on the Lower Waimak. Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $175, $90 Children. Ph: +64-3-384-0999 Fax: +64-3-384-0996, FREE PHONE 0800 484 485 Web: Click HERE.

Canterbury Trails -  'Gourmet Tour':
Specialising in small group guided tours for over 19 years Canterbury Trails offers a day trip to Akaroa from Christchurch.  We also offer cruise ship tours from Akaroa wharf which visit a number of Canterbury wineries, Christchurch city sights and scenic drive over Banks Peninsula.  Full details of all our tours can be found on our web site - www.canterburytrails.co.nz Email trails@xtra.co.nz or contact Irene on 03 384 6148 or 021 384 614. Or Book HERE. 

Call Jeeves:
Call Jeeves Tours specialise in bespoke (tailor-made) tours using a range of small luxury high class vehicles complete with driver/tour guide services. Our tours do not run to a restricted itinerary. Our friendly and flexible range of tour options are available at a number of New Zealand ports and are ideal for small or larger groups. Our vehicle and driver may be exclusively yours for the entire duration of your tour. Call Jeeves Tours are very experienced and established operators in providing private small group tours from the sea-side holiday resort village of Akaroa, and from the ports of both Lyttelton and Timaru over the summer cruise ship season. Throughout your tour you will be accompanied by our experienced driver/guide to ensure a memorable day. All vehicles are fully licensed Passenger Service Vehicles with the drivers being an approved holder of a Passenger Service Licence. Prebook by emailing HERE. Or see us on the wharf on arrival in Akaroa. For a detailed list of the cruise tours go HERE. Web site HERE.

Discovery Travel:
We are a boutique tourism business specializing in private fully-guided tours, for just you and your travelling companions.   Let us tailor-make a tour with just you in mind.  Come and experience the beauty, history and scenery that make our region unique.  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. Why join 40 others, when you can enjoy an affordable private excursion. Tel +64 275578262 262 Email: info@discoverytravel.co.nz  Website: www.discoverytravel.co.nz  or direct to cruise shore excursion page Click Here.

ES Tours: 
Join Dermot (or local guide Nick) on a small, personal, friendly tour...max 11...$110NZD p.p. with others...or a flexible PRIVATE HIRE for your group. E S Tours is highly rated on Trip Advisor (Bravo Award 2016....26/26 5* reviews)....owner/operator with over 20 years experience. Christchurch/Akaroa/Banks Peninsula Tour (6 hours) is our cruise ship specialty with scenery (volcanic rim, Canterbury Plains, Lyttelton Harbour Summit Road in good weather). Detailed commentary on volcanoes, local/NZ history and earthquakes (Christchurch rebuild tour included). Our Ford Transit Minibus has air con. and a clear PA. To book email Dermot on dermot_hall@yahoo.com.au or go to the web site: HERE.

Tour South Fully Escorted Tours:
2. Premier Share Tour – Akaroa & Christchurch – Six hour tour leaving @ 10:00 am approx. – returning @ 4:00 pm – Cost $110.00 p.p. Children aged 4-14 70.00 p.p. 
3. Elite Private Hire Tour – Six hour tours to suit – Exclusive private use of an appropriately  sized vehicle and driver for a full day tour = 1 to 5 Pax. = $650 – 6 to 11 Pax. = $950. 
Let our Tour South team of vastly experienced driver/guides take you on a fully escorted tour of Akaroa, Christchurch or the wider Banks Peninsula area, to discover some of the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this very special part of New Zealand.  www.toursouth.co.nz  Email: info@toursouth.co.nz Book now or on at Main Wharf on arrival into Akaroa.

Garden City Helicopters Scenic Flights & Adventure Tours:
A helicopter flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes! Quick and convenient, leaving you more time to explore Christchurch City and attractions but also offering an incredible scenic flight over Banks Peninsula and the City itself.  Our pilots are some of the most highly skilled and experienced in the country but are also excellent narrators and will entertain and inform you with commentary along the way.  Other options include flights to Mt Cook, Heli-jetboating, heli-golf packages or why not fly to an award winning  winery, and experience NZ’s finest superb cuisine and wines. Email info@helicopters.net.nz or phone 03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424 for more info. TO BOOK or book at Main Wharf on arrival into Akaroa. 

Rental Cars: 

Outclass Self Drive Tours:
Treat yourself to a luxury self-drive tour while in Akaroa, tailored exclusively for cruise ship passengers like you. Hire one of our classic cars, drive yourself around Canterbury and experience the sights, shops, food and culture all at your own pace. Our full day (up to 7 hours) tours offer a great variety of GPS coordinated destinations, hand-picked for varying interests and travel types; shopaholic, arts & culture enthusiast, foodie, nature lover and sightseeing fanatic. Much more personal than a coach tour and you can visit what you wish, when you like, for as long as you like. Pickup from 8:00am from the convenience of Akaroa Wharf and drop off up until 6:00pm. Email: booking@outclass.co.nz or phone 0800 OUTCLASS (0800 68825277) or 021 228 3675. Web listing HERE. Web page HERE. 

 

Animal/Farm Tours:

Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa
“Alpaca heaven on earth” - tripadvisor. Alpacas are beautiful and mysterious animals with a long and fascinating history.  Frank and Anya, who own over 130 alpacas, will share this story and their experience with you. After an interactive presentation you will have the opportunity to handle alpacas and appreciate the unique qualities of their amazing ultra fine fleece. Walk an alpaca among our herd while these majestic animals graze with their young, then feed them by hand.  The memorable views over Akaroa harbour are breathtaking. Afterwards, browse the Alpaca Shop where a selection of luxurious, dye-free alpaca knitwear exclusive to Shamarra is for sale and beverages and home baked cookies are served. Tours:  Pickup from the Main Wharf Akaroa at 11.30am returning 1.30pm -   Price: $50 per adult/$30 per child. Bookings essential.  (03) 304 5141 or info@shamarra-alpacas.co.nz. 

Akaroa Farm Tour:
Tours 10am & 1.30pm. Duration 2.45hrs. Min 6. Visit unique Paua Bay Farm. Sheep Shearing, working dogs & family history. $85 adults. $60 children (5-12 yrs). Tickets available at Info Centre & Wharf cabin. Pick up at Wharf & Info Centre. Book by emailing akaroaadventurecentre@gmail.com or book and pay at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Pohatu Penguin Tour:
Pohatu penguin colony is the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
2 hour tour will take you on one of the most scenic roads on Banks Peninsula to beautiful Pohatu Bay where you will be guided into the penguin colony to view Penguins. Your hosts are 4 time winners of conservation awards for protection of penguins and other biodiversity and are Department of conservation approved operators.  Prices: $65 Adult, $35 child. Tours depart at 11am & return at 1pm, and again at 1.30 returning into Akaroa at 3.30pm. 
4 hour tour: Full Scenic nature safari or 4 hour Scenic Nature tour by 4 WD mini-van. You will take part in our monitoring program of nesting sites allowing you see penguins up close and in season chicks. Pohatu/Flea bay is a working sheep and cattle farm, so sheep to feed by hand and to photograph. Complimentary drinks and muffins or cake are provided at the bay. Great for the keen birdwatcher or photographer. This 4 hour tour runs from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm. $95 per person. $65 child under 15 years. 
Book by emailing tours@pohatu.co.nz or book and pay at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa. 

Akaroa Seal Colony Safari
Enjoy this nature experience to visit the New Zealand Fur Seals on a small group tour. Your local guide has more than 20 years experience. Beginning in Akaroa your guide will pick you up and take you on a unique journey up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, you will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits. Safaris run at 9:30am and 1:00pm and take between 2.5 to 3 hours. To book: info@sealtours.co.nz, +64(0)33047255 or +64(0)27494 2070 or go direct to the web page: HERE. 


 

Photo Tours:

PHOTO TOURS by Maja Moritz Photography
Individually realising the best possible tour meeting your interests with as many stops as you want for photo opportunities. Enjoy professional tips and advice for better images! Receive a fun one-on-one tuition while you are indulging in the magnificent scenery and views. Discover - See - Experience. Upskill included. We take you through the breathtaking landscape of the Banks Peninsula (Half Day Tours of 3 or 4 hours) and also for a look around in Christchurch (Full Day Tours of 5 or 6 hours). Delight in an exclusive tour experience in a Land Rover Discovery Sport with max 4 passengers. Email: maja@heavenlyspot.nz Phone 027 4210424, Web site: HERE. Akaroa.com Web Site Listing HERE. 


Golf:

Akaroa Golf Course:
Fantastic Scenic 9 or 18 hole course. Book with Information Centre team on the main wharf on arrival or pre-book directly with Akaroa Golf Club. Cruise Ship Packages: Walking Package- $95.00 NZD per person, Includes:-Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf, Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course, Course information briefing & equipment set-up, Clubs, Balls, Tees, Trundler Trolley, Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time. Ride on Cart Package- $130.00 NZD per person, OR $220 NZD per couple, Limited number of carts available, bookings essential, Includes:– Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf, Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course, Course information briefing & equipment set-up, Clubs, Balls & Tees, Ride on Cart, Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time. MORE INFO HERE.


Bicycle Tour: 

eBiking Akaroa: 
CRUISESHIP PROMO. 9am Eastern Bay Tour: This enchanting tour allows you to take in the stunning scenery around the volcanic Banks Peninsula summits. It includes farmland views and panorama vista of eastern bays coastline. • Guided Tour: $155pp • We pick you up from Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa • A 2 hour biking, 3hrs total tour including a complimentary snack. 
1pm Southern Bay Tour: This tour begins in the Wainui settlement and allows you to take in the stunning scenery of inner harbour, Akaroa and the Southern Bays. • Guided Tour: $155pp. • We pick you up from Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa. • A 2 hour biking tour including a complimentary snack.
Other Tours; 1 hour $50, 2 hours $115. 
Book by emailing ebikeakaroa@gmail.com or Book Direct.  Phone: Kaz 027 2823444 or Gail 027 4466444. Web site: HERE. Good bike balance and medium fitness required.


Local Wine Tour: 

Akaroa Unique Vineyard Tour: 
One Hour Meniscus Winery Tour. Enjoy a visit to the stunning winery in Akaroa. Pick up from the Main Wharf and brought to the vineyard. 
de@meniscuswines.co.nz Email David to book for this. $40pp. Children also $40. From 10am. Min: 2, Max: 5.  

Banks Peninsula Wine Tour:
Spend an afternoon ‘A la French’. What a better place to taste wine and cheese than in the most French village of New Zealand! Explore Akaroa harbour and visit our local award winning vineyards. Learn about our French history and the geology of the area creating unique wines. Taste some of our local cheeses; you drink, we drive; and as we go it makes for an afternoon delight. 1.30pm to 4pm. Price: $115 per adult. info@bankspeninsulawinetour Phone number: 021 082 68 911. Book HERE or at Main Wharf on arrival. 

Akaroa Winery Tour: 
Akaroa Winery situated in Takamatua valley overlooks the beautiful local harbour. Akaroa Winery is Akaroa's first and only certified Organic Vineyard and Winery Estate. Tour the vineyard and modern wine making facility. Taste some of the many wine vintages available while touring the amazing grounds and see the "dirt to bottle" experience first hand. Complimentary Shuttle Service available. Open daily 11am to 4pm. Private Tours and Tastings can be made by appointment. Contact Allan for more information on 03 304 8990 manager@takamatuavalley.co.nz 

Hop on-Hop off Bus Around Akaroa:

Akaroa All day Hop on-Hop off Shuttle: 
The $10 hop on hop off bus runs every 25 minutes, stops at main wharf, lighthouse, museum, recreation ground, Giants House. $10 per person for an all day ticket.