Find the best shuttle and bus service for your next adventure to Akaroa and The Bays.

Canterbury Leisure Tours

Canterbury Leisure Tours has over 20 years experience in offering high quality tours and activities to International Visitors. Our tours offer the top activities and attractions the region has to offer. All departure and return times from the cruise ship will ensure your brief visit to this most beautiful region of New Zealand is thoroughly enjoyable. For a detailed list of our cruise tours go to our web site.

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Akaroa French Connection

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.


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Canterbury Trails

Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise and Lunch 

Get  15% discount on advertised rate
Tours include all transfers in our luxury vehicle from your City Hotel/Homestay, crater rim scenic drive, local knowledgeable guide, picnic style morning or afternoon tea, lots of stops for short walks and photos, Harbour Cruise and lunch at an award winning harbour side Café.
Depart Christchurch at 8.30am- arrive back to Christchurch approximately 5.45pm
Daily till 31th March 2021 except Christmas Day 
Please email us on to book this with code AK01

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. We can also put together a private tour for you ensuring that you get the most from your visit to Banks Peninsula.

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Discovery Travel Tours

Akaroa is Christchurch's most loved day tour destination. Join us for an exceptional scenic tour of Banks Peninsula, including Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, and the historical seaside village of Akaroa. Leaving central Christchurch, we travel the scenic route to Akaroa, over the Port Hills, via Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, through Gebbies Pass, alongside Lake Forsyth, through Little River, and along the Akaroa summit road. The scenic route from Christchurch to Akaroa takes just over 2 hours. Scheduled sightseeing photo stops are made, so don't forget your camera! You can then choose how to spend your day in Akaroa.

There are plenty of options to include in your day, from simply walking, relaxing in bars and cafes, taking a leisurely harbour cruise, or for the more adventurous, you can swim with the world's smallest dolphins - Hectors Dolphins. Whatever you choose to do, Akaroa, is a wonderful scenic and historical day tour destination and only 1.5 hours from Christchurch. 


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Outclass Self Drive Tours

Treat yourself to a luxury self-drive tour while in Akaroa, tailored exclusively for cruise ship passengers. 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. 

'Self-drive tours'-a luxury rental with preprogrammed GPS coordinates to our recommended destinations and a handbook as well which we are tailoring for different tourist types. 

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Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Akaroa

Orion, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council, has installed two public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Akaroa. One is located at Rue Brittan and the other on Beach Road near the Fire Station. These public chargers are available 24/7 and are free to use. To start using the chargers, you will need to create an account and order a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag at In line with New Zealand guidelines, charging cables aren’t attached to the chargers so you will need to provide your own cable, specific to your electric vehicle.

If you would like to know more about EVs or EV charging, please visit the Orion website.

Two identical EV chargers are now open in Akaroa, one at Rue Brittan and the other located in Beach Road by the Fire Station.

EV chargers open in Akaroa
Orion Media Release, 20.12.2016

Two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have now opened in Akaroa. These EV chargers, along with the recently installed chargers in Little River, will make the scenic trip to and from Akaroa an easy, relaxed and ‘range anxiety’ free driving experience for EV owners.

The chargers were installed by Orion, the electricity network company, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and are the latest in a network of EV charging stations being rolled out across Christchurch and central Canterbury. The Akaroa chargers will be free to use for the foreseeable future.
Orion Chief Executive, Rob Jamieson said: “We’re very happy that our public charging stations make it possible for EV owners to relax and enjoy the quiet, smooth and CO2 emission-free drive to scenic Akaroa.”

“More of our public charging stations will be opening in the coming months giving EV drivers even more flexibility in their choices of destination throughout our region.”
The two EV chargers in Akaroa are standard chargers which typically take a few hours to fully charge a car. This suits those drivers day tripping to Akaroa.
EV owners will need to open an account at to be able to use the chargers and, in line with New Zealand guidelines, cables aren’t attached to the chargers. EV owners will need to provide their own cable which is specific to their vehicle.

Council Banks Peninsula Community Board Member, Pam Richardson says, “We’re delighted to be able to work with Orion to get electric vehicle chargers installed on the Peninsula. Electric vehicles have great environmental benefits and it is exciting to have them as part of Christchurch’s transport future.”
Those interested in learning more about electric vehicles or Orion’s EV charging stations can visit the website at

Val Groufsky
Communications Advisor

DDI: +64 3 363 9808
Mob: 027 704 9603

Orion New Zealand Ltd

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Garden City Helicopters

A Garden City Helicopters flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes! Quick and convenient. 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. Your Helicopter journey in Akaroa start from us greeting you at the wharf from your cruise ship. We have flight options that include Aorkai Mount Cook, Helijet boating, Winery tours or enquire with us to make a personal itinerary.

Email or phone 03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424 for more info.  

For cruise passengers pre book or enquire on the wharf on arrival into Akaroa. 

Flights are subject to weather conditions.

Minimum passengers numbers are needed before the flights can go ahead.
Weights of passengers are required on booking. 

Akaroa Harbour Scenic Helicopter Flight - departing from Akaroa
Look down on your cruise ship as you fly from Akaroa township over the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline towards the harbour entrance. Experience the magnificent cliffs, dramatic bays, rolling countryside of this extinct volcano.
12 minutes (approx.)

Akaroa Helicopter North Canterbury Winery tour - departing from Akaroa
Cruise into Akaroa to be whisked away on a winery tour of North Canterbury. Take in views of Akaroa Harbour and Christchurch as you relax in your luxury helicopter. New Zealand alcohol laws apply.
4 hours (approx.)

Akaroa Helicopter to Mount Cook with Ski Plane snow landing - departing from Akaroa
Fly from Akaroa through the mighty Southern Alps to view Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Take in the splendour of the Tasman Glacier, by landing on it by ski plane.
6 hours (approx.)

Akaroa to Christchurch Helicopter Jet Boat Combo - departing from Akaroa
No trip to New Zealand should be made without experiencing one of the countries spectacular pristine rivers and a jet boat blast up the river, its a "must do" activity. Combined with a Helicopter flight it will be an extra special thrill!
2 hours (approx.)

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