Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

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Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch
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Enjoy a Sightseeing tour to Akaroa through the spectacular scenery surrounding Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes.  The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbor and Akaroa village. Experience a Nature Cruise with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. The Tour also includes a delightful lunch at Bully Hayes Restaurant.
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In Brief

Akaroa, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours 30 minutes
Daily Departures
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island

Following a morning pickup by air-conditioned coach from your Christchurch hotel, head out along the road to Akaroa to begin your tour. Tour includes Tourism Award Winning & Supreme Tourism Award winning cruise, on Akaroa Harbour.

Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. A charming small township nestled in a inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula.

The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops together with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. Lunch is available at the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes. (Lunch is an optional extra) In the afternoon enjoy the Akaroa Harbour Cruise on the Canterbury Cat. On your return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at the Barry’s Bay Cheese factory, where you will get to sample some fine New Zealand cheese

Pass By: Lake Ellesmere, Christchurch Akaroa Main Road Waihora, Christchurch 2004 New Zealand

Travel to Akaroa via Lake Ellesmere, Lake Forsyth and Little River

Stop At: Barrys Bay Cheese, 5807 Christchurch Akaroa Road Barrys Bay, Akaroa 7582 New Zealand

Visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory for a cheese tasting of locally made cheeses, the only remaining cheese factory on the peninsula from a bygone era. Next you can enjoy the quaint colonial architecture and wander around the charming 150 year old French harbor side village of Akaroa with its museum of settlers' history, art and craft shops and studios and al fresco cafes and wine bars. In the late-afternoon, hop back aboard your coach for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your tour will come to an end.


  • Lunch - (if option chosen)
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your centrally located Christchurch Hotel or Motel
Dates: Daily Departures
Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Lovely and easy day tour to Akaroa. Our guide, Scott, did a wonderful job and made the most of our time by taking us along the scenic ways to Akaroa and keeping us informed about the history of the area and answering my many questions. The ride onto the bay was fun and we saw Hectors dolphins, birds, seals, and beautiful views. This is an easier day tour than going to Kaikoura so if you're looking for an alternative, this is it!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2020
The tour was very well organised; our tour guide Rob was friendly and provided a lot of information about Christchurch, earthquakes and Akaroa's history. The day was clear and cruise was excellent and we got to see the dolphins, and the colony of seals. Overall we had a great time.
• Submitted 01 Jan 2020
This was a really great tour with stunning views and a great guide! Would definitely do it again. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 04 Dec 2019
I enjoyed the company and commentary of Rob, our driver on the way to and from Akaroa. We stopped several times at lookouts for photo opportunities and the information about the area was interesting and insightful. The town of Akaroa is a lovely little touristy place with interesting shops, a local market on the day I visited and an interesting private library and secondhand bookshop with many books about the local area. The 2-hour boat tour was amazing on the Black Cat Harbour Cruise. We saw many small Hector's dolphins swimming with the bow wave of the boat, NZ fur seals on rocky outcrops and were lucky to spot the rarely seen yellow-eyed penguin making its way slowly down a cliff face.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
Our day trip was awesome! Beautiful scenery, great harbor ride with lots of dolphins, seals, fish, birds, good lunch. Rob was our guide and he is fabulous! I highly recommend this trip. Ask for Rob and you will love it!
• Submitted 20 Nov 2019
Wonderful day, beautiful views, fantastic lunch. Can recommend this hand on heart beautiful tour. Fantastic tour guide, very knowlegable and friendly, nothing was difficult!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Jerry, the driver/guide was energetic and professional. His lively talks added value to a trip which itself was already value for money. The lunch was delicious and the restaurant was good. The boat ride was of course the highlight of the day with dolphins and penguins racing alongside the boat! Well, the boat did rock violently when it stopped close to a big colony of seals playing on the rocks.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Really enjoyed this tour. Had a great day.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2018
Hermoso paseo, paisajes divinos. El guia muy ameno. El paseo en barco el pico de la excursion con la vista de los delfines.
• Submitted 30 Apr 2018
This tour was fantastic! We had a delightful day in Akaroa to include a delicious lunch, time to walk around the town, and a delightful boat ride along the coast and back into the harbor.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
Loved this tour! Cally was wonderful, upbeat and full of good information. We saw fur seals, albatross and blue penguins on the boat trip. Lunch at Bully Hayes was delicious and we had plenty of time to eat as well as explore Akoroa. A perfect day!
• Submitted 13 Mar 2018
Although the weather was rainy, the Driver/Commentator was great. She kept us well informed of the areas we drove through. She accomodated us by making an additional short stop in the french section of Akaroa. With the cancellation of the boat due to the poor weather conditions, she was able to make alternative schedule by going to the Antarctic Museum.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
It was a lovely day. Our driver Sue took as to many beautiful places of the region and the boat ride was amazing, not just because of the dolphins and other animals but also because the sea and the mountains of Akaroa are very special.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
The tour started with a beautiful drive through the plains and hills from Christchurch to Akaroa. Our driver-guide Scotty was amazing -- so informative about the area and what we were seeing along the way! Even though it was a holiday, we were still able to stop at Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, see a video of the cheese making process, sample some of the cheeses, and make our purchases. The free time in small sea-side town of Akaroa provided enough time to visit the shops and enjoy a walk along the harbor shore. Lunch at Bully Hayes was good but nothing special -- there were other dining options nearby that would have been just as good if not better. The harbor cruise was the highlight of the tour. Andrew, the driver-guide on the boat, provided informative as well as humorous commentary through the cruise. We saw lots of Hector's dolphins, and they swam right up to the boat -- some even swam right along the side of the boat! We also saw some fur seals and several sea birds. On the return drive, Scotty took us on a different route back to Christchurch, along the top of the hills/mountains surrounding the Akaroa bays -- the views were absolute beautiful! I would highly recommend this tour it's a great way to see the beauty of the area southeast of Christchurch and experience seeing the rare Hector's dolphins!
• Submitted 06 Jan 2018
Ride from Christchurch was scenic. The boat ride was beautiful and the view of Hector's dolphins was fantastic. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 07 Aug 2017
Wonderful experience, we were able to see the penguins and seals.
• Submitted 23 Jul 2017
The trip to Akaroa by mini van was an enjoyable trip, we were the only passengers on the trip and the driver was very informative. The mist obscured a lot of the views as it was still quite early in the morning. The stop at the cheese factory was a pleasant experience and we bought cheese to have that evening and to take home. This proved an easy experience as long as the cheese is not opened. On arrival at Akaroa we discovered that a cruise liner was in town and this made the area quite busy. We strolled around the main area of town and visited the historic church. It is worth the visit as it is a small chapel with a lot of history. Having a beautiful lunch was easy at Bully Hayes as all was booked and ready for us, even with the crowd from the cruise. We boarded the Black Cat cruise quite easily and enjoyed the crew who showed skill in putting us in areas that produced Dolphins, Seals and beautiful sights. On the return journey our driver took a different route so that we were able to take magnificent photos of the harbour and scenery. All in all a wonderful day and worth the effort to take in.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2017
Really excellent trip on the Black Cat in Akaroa Habour with sightings of seals, penguins, dolphins and many others.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
Great tour. The driver/guide was wonderful the boat trip was amazing - we saw fur seal cubs, dolphins, and little blue penguins. I would recommend this to anyone going to Akaroa.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
The travel organiser did not have the minimum numbers required, but organised an excellent alternative. The bus driver was very pleasant, chatty and informative, but did not overdo the commentary. The included meal was generous and fresh and selected from a set menu. The boat trip was well managed with a knowledgeable commentary, and due to the calm weather the boat was able to leave the heads and show us interesting rock formations as well as many seals. The Hector dolphins were busy in the harbor and we had plenty of opportunity to watch them, but photographing them was tricky. I would have liked more time to spend looking around Akaroa, but I still walked along the sea front and did some shopping.
• Submitted 04 Dec 2016
The tour guide of our small group was more than wonderful. She was funny and shared lots if informations and insights with us. It's so great to have a tour guide who is still amazed by what she shows us. She went on the nature trip with us and was excited as we were when we saw a huge group of dolphins playing right next to the boat, as well as a penguin and lots of seals. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 27 Nov 2016
We had an excellent driver/tour guide, and the combination of a beautiful through the Banks Peninsula and our visit to Akora made for a very good day. The harbor trip was spectacular.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2016
The countryside scenery was beautiful and enjoyable. A great place to visit for the day.
• Submitted 25 Jan 2016
Good coach driver, lunch was tasty, Akaroa was great to walk around and a great way to see more of the countryside.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2016

In Brief

Akaroa, New Zealand
New Zealand
9 hours 30 minutes
Daily Departures