Akaroa Chines


On the Land – On 4, 3 or 2 wheels, 2 or 4 feet the locals will share abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery, conservation programmes, history and diverse agriculture. You will be mesmerized by the stories they tell, the scenery, the architecture and the people.

On the Water – Sail, motor or paddle a choice of vessels from which to view the rare and endangered Hectors Dolphin, white flippered little blue penguins, fur seals and occasionally, whales and orca in the sanctuary of the inner harbour to the vast open ocean and the nooks and crannies of the outer bays. Be prepared to fall in love.


  • 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.


    Phone0800 OUTCLASS (0800 68825277)

  • Photo Tours. Just for you! Discover - See - Experience. Upskilling included. Enjoy professional tips and advice for better images! Maja Moritz is an internationally experienced photojournalist. Receive a fun one-on-one tuition while you are indulging in the magnificent scenery and views. A special individual experience, creating the best possible tour for you with as many stops as you like for photo opportunities. We take you through the breathtaking landscape of the Banks Peninsula and also for a look around in Christchurch, if you wish. Delight in an exclusive tour experience in a Land Rover Discovery Sport.


    Phone027 4210424

  • This trip can be mind blowing in the right sea conditions. The outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve is spectacular with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Pohatu Marine Reserve also has many marine species such as Penguins, several seal colonies and is often visited by Hectors Dolphins and a great range of sea birds. 

    LocationFlea Bay


    Phone03 304 8542 or 021 2469556

  • Swimming with dolphins all year round. Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels. All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your pleasure. A separate price is available for dolphin watching only. Year round, face-to-face encounters with Hector's dolphins - the world's rarest. Everything is provided: wetsuits, snorkels, hot showers and hot chocolate. Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award 2003/4.

    LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa & 61 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7641

  • Spend an Afternoon 'A La French'. Sit back and relax. Meet the locals and hear their stories. Enjoy local boutique award winning wines and seasonal produces as we take you on a mini road trip around the beautiful inner harbour of Akaroa.



  • 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. We offer our Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays Scenic Tour of 3 hours or choose our very popular Premier Share Tour for the best of the scenery of Akaroa, key City sights in Christchurch and some of the amazingly diverse and spectacularly beautiful Banks Peninsula area. Alternatively an Elite Private Hire, where you have the exclusive use of an appropriately sized vehicle complete with an experienced driver/guide for the day.


    PhoneDoug Bennet +64 27 269 6928

  • On cuise ship days there are a number of special transport services and tours available to service passengers. See the specific information when you click onto 'more details' and then the web site link to find out about the services available. There are some wonderful tours available both locally & over the hill to Christchurch.



  • 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! 

    LocationTaxi stand opposite the main wharf, Akaroa


    Phone+64 21 985 306

  • 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 NZ. (GST incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $15 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement. Jack now has a closed car as well, suitable in all weather. 

    LocationTaxi stand opposite main wharf, Akaroa


    Phone027 4322041

  • You Ride We Guide. Jump on one of our late model dual sport adventure bikes and let us show you around the stunning and isolated Southern Bays. Maximum of four riders and your guide on a fifth motorcycle. Pillions welcome. Tours are generally 10:30- 4:30 from Birdlings Flat but location & time can be modified to suit time available, email us. All necessary gear provided (incl bike, riding gear, fuel & refreshments), check the tour and book on web site. Off street parking available, campervans welcome to stay. Tours are fully customisable for rider ability. 

    LocationBased in Birdlings Flat but will come to you!


    Phone03 329 0151

  • Come see spectacular coastline and magnificent wildlife aboard our classic Kauri launch. 2.5 hour trips, personally guided by skipper/owner Tony Muir. Boarding from far -end of Main Wharf, Akaroa at 10.15 and 1.45pm. Small groups on a spacious, dry and comfortable wooden launch. Private fishing & social charters are available. Summer cruises are $80 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $30. Infants under 1 year are free. 

    LocationAkaroa Harbour


    Phone0800 1 Coast or 021 228 8091

  • Let our crew including our dolphin dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife on our stylish vessel 'Into the Blue'. A more intimate and luxurious experience, offering complimentary drinks, including award winning wine, beer and home baking. We are 100% locally owned and operated, winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in Akaroa. We have a great proven track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience.

    Location65 Beach Rd, Akaroa


    Phone03 304 7866

  • 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. Book through the Akaroa i-SITE on info@visitakaroa.com or the BOOK DIRECT button. 



  • If you ever wanted to experience traditional New Zealand farming visit Paua Bay Hillcountry Farm on Banks Peninsula. Enjoy the stunning scenery on your trip to Paua Bay. Learn about the French settlers and the development of Akaroa . Enjoy the hospitality of the 5th generation farmers at Paua Bay. See sheepdogs working on the steep hills. Take part in sheep shearing and mustering and learn about farming in New Zealand. Relax with tea and scones on the homestead verandah and return to Akaroa after an experience which will be one of the highlights of your visit to New Zealand.

    LocationPaua Bay


    Phone03 304 8511

  • Sail with dophins, see wildlife. Akaroa harbour up close on New Zealand's oldest ketch Fox II. Learn about local history & help crew if you want. With 2 wooden masts and 6 sails there is always a halyard to hoist or a sheet to be pulled. 3 hour tour with historic narration, complementary fresh brewed coffee, tea, homemade hot chocolate and biscuits. The only boat in Akaroa with dolphin guarantee! You will see dolphins, penguins and seals (sometimes albatross), visit Cathedral Cave, see a waterfall and giant cliffs. 

    LocationAkaroa Harbour


    Phone0800 369 7245 or text 027 4144 879

  • 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

  • A tapestry of tales will unfold as you explore romantic Akaroa, the oldest and best preserved colonial town in the South Island, and its only French settlement. For groups we recommend a Historic walk with a guide in person - pre-booking is essential. Contact Suky to discuss a quote for group bookings. 



    Phone03 304 7733

  • Join supreme tourism award winners – Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. See Volcanic Cathedral Cave, relics of the area's past and a salmon farm. Complimentary tea & coffee on board and a postcard. Cruises depart daily from the main wharf.  If you don’t see any dolphins, come again for FREE!

    LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa & 61 Beach Road, Akaroa


    Phone0800 436 574

  • Akaroa Wildlife Sailing Cruise. Relive the golden era of sailing experience the timeless beauty of a large graceful CLASSIC…a style of yacht rarely seen nowadays! Hand-built, original condition & lovingly maintained with 9 coats of varnish. No engine noise, no diesel smell, no pollution to harm the unique endangered wildlife. Most often you’ll be surprised to HEAR dolphins & wildlife BEFORE you see them. Intimate humorous historical storytelling; no loudspeaker. Help sail or relax in the ‘Royal seats’. Boarding 10.15 am sailing 10.30am to 1 pm. Boarding 1.15 pm sailing 1.30pm to 4pm. Max 20 pax never crowded. $85 pp. Children aged 5-12 are $42.50. No children under 5 years old thanks.

    LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa


    Phone0800 724 528

  • 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 from the beginning of October to the end of April at 9:30am and 1:00pm and takes between 2.5 to 3 hours. 



    Phone+64(0)33047255 or +64(0)27494 2070

  • 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. 

    LocationAkaroa & the Bays


    Phone+64 210 854 8185

  • Take a tour with a difference; get up close and personal at Shamarra Alpaca Farm overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Alpaca Farmers, Frank and Anya will treat you to an interesting and interactive introduction to these majestic animals.  Wander amongst grazing herds ofalpacas, and discover the unique qualities of their fleece - “fibre of the gods” as proclaimed by the Incas. Enjoy home baked biscuits and a beverage while browsing the Alpaca Shop. 

    Location328 Wainui Main Road, French Farm


    Phone03 304 5141

  • 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.


    Phone0800 000 898

  • 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.


    Phone0800 484 485

  • 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.


    Phone03 384 6148 or 021 384 614

  • 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.


    Phone+ 64 275578262

  • Do you have a sense for adventure? Join us on our Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are second to none. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. ecoSEAker takes one 2hr Adventure Cruise per day @ 2:30PM - exclusively limited to 12 places per trip. Our boat is a 12.5 meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea going boat. 100% locally owned & operated. Highly rated on tripadvisor. 



    Phone+64 3 304 7629 (overseas & NZ phones) 0800 ECOSWIM (326 794) (NZ phones only)

  • Come and join us on one of our small friendly personal tours and experience the magic of your dolphin swim. One tour per day @ 10:30AM exclusively limited to 12 places per trip. Swim with the world's rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin - The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin. We are a small local family business; The captain/owner is 5th generation. We offer longer trips to maximise your experience and your value for money. 90.5% success rate. We provide warm wetsuits, mask & snorkel, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved. 



    Phone+64 3 304 7629 (overseas & NZ phones) 0800 ECOSWIM (326 794) (NZ phones only)

  • 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. 


    Phone0064-272615093 or 027 2615093 from NZ

  • 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.

    LocationChristchurch Airport


    Phone03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424