Akaroa Chines


The journey to Akaroa is a delightful trip through some stunning scenery. One and a half hours from the centre of Christchurch. There are plenty of great stops along the way. Birdling’s Flat, the village of Little River, a worthwhile stop to check out the cafes, art and craft gallery. 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.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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) or 021 228 3675

  • 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 $55 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