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 Adventure Centre Cruise Information Cabin. It is a small cabin on the right. The ladies 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.
Akaroa maps will be handed out to all passengers on arrival in Akaroa. 

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

Cityline/French Connection. Christchurch Direct Shuttle:
$45.00 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.

Red Bus/Akaroa Shuttle. Christchurch Direct Shuttle:
$45.00 per person return.  $35 Children. Departs from Akaroa main wharf at 9.30am and 10.30am. Travel by coach to Christchurch return. Arrive in Christchurch within walking distance to Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, punting on the Avon and Restart shopping mall. Leaves Christchurch at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Back into Akaroa at 3pm and 4.30pm. Book online HERE or book and pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa. 

Cityline/French Connection. Christchurch & Banks Peninsula Tour:
$65.00 per person return. $35.00 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.

Red Bus/Akaroa Shuttle. Christchurch Direct Shuttle and Rebuild Tour Package:
$70 per person return. $50 Children. Departs from main wharf at 9.30am and 10.30 am. Travel by coach to Christchurch return.  Join an informative Rebuild Tour for a unique guided experience around the ever-changing post earthquake Christchurch City Centre. Includes video footage and commentary from a Canterbury Museum guide (approx 90 mins). Leaves Christchurch at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Back into Akaroa at 3pm and 4.30pm. Reservations essential. Book online HERE or book and pay directly on the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.

Local Sightseeing Tours:

Cityline/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 $75 per person. For reservations please phone the Akaroa Adventure Centre on 03 304 7784. Email: akaroaadventurecentre@gmail.com or direct with the operators-Robin and Jo 03 304 8526 between 5pm and 7pm. If you are a cruise ship passenger you will be picked up at 9am from the Akaroa main wharf for this trip. On cruise ship days this is a very popular tour so book early by email. 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.

Akaroa Tours & Taxi:
Rosemary Lyons-local operator of 27 years can take you anywhere you want to go. Rosemary offers private customised tours. Cruise ship passengers day tour to Christchurch: $400. or local tours for cruise passengers $80 per hour. Local tours-Summit road, back bays, Okains Bay & Okains Bay Maori & Museum. Stops made at scenic reserve, winery & cheese factory. Seats 4 people. Email Rosemary HERE, Web listing HERE, Phone: 027 695 6981. 

Independent Tour Operators:

Explore Canterbury:
We are a local company for small group (max 8 persons) day tours, which leave from Akaroa, our speciality.  Our most popular requests are from cruise ship passengers who want to escape the big bus crowds and want a Christchurch sightseeing tour, or a day exploring Akaroa and some of the dramatic coastline and surrounding area. We offer two popular tours which are mindful of the arrival and departure times of our guests. The first is “The Best of Christchurch” which takes you through outstanding scenery with opportunity for photo stops, before taking in the city’s attractions. The second is “Akaroa and the Bays” which begins with a tour of Akaroa itself before letting you sample the isolation and breathtaking beauty of some remote bays. Also available for private hire. Linda, your driver/guide has a broad knowledge of the area and is committed to giving you a good, personal, informative and friendly Kiwi day. Please visit www.explorecanterbury.co.nz for more details. Email info@explorecanterbury.co.nz Phone +64 2125 44986.

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.
Tours offered: CLT65CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights Tour (Full Day Tour). Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $85.00 per person. CLT66CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with International Antarctic Centre (Full Day Tour). Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $140.00 pp. CLT66ACS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with Willowbank Wildlife Tour (Full Day Tour). Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $130.00 pp. CLT67CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with sheep farm tour (Full Day Tour). Duration 6.5 hours Cost $140.00 per person. CLT68CS Banks Peninsula Christchurch City Sights (central city only) with Jet Boating on the Lower Waimak (Full Day Tour). Duration 6.5 hours. Cost $150.00 pp. Ph: +64-3-384-0999 Fax: +64-3-384-0996, FREE PHONE 0800 484 485 Web: Click HERE.

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 $60 N.Z. (g.s.t. incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $10 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 except rainy ones.

Garden City Helicopters Scenic Flights & Adventure Tours:
The quickest, most convenient way to get from Akaroa to Christchurch is by helicopter.  The return flight time is just 30 minutes compared to 3 hours in the bus! Leaving you more time to enjoy and explore Christchurch City and attractions.  Our price of $650 per person (minimum of 4 people) includes all road transfers from the wharf to our heli-pad in Akaroa and transfers to the City Centre from our airport base. Other options include flights to Mt Cook, Heli-jetboating the beautiful Waimak River, winery lunches or heli-golf at Clearwater resort. Email info@helicopters.net.nz or phone 03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424 for more info. www.helicopters.net.nz  or book at Info Centre or wharf cabin on arrival into Akaroa.

Tour South Fully Escorted Tours:
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.
We invite you to visit our website at www.toursouth.co.nz for Pricing/Tour detail, and to view our Testimonials and Galleries pages. Email: info@toursouth.co.nz

Mountain Goat Tours:
The most sure-footed animal on the mountains is The Mountain Goat. Owner-driver, Gerry Trott, named his Tour Company accordingly because, combined with his many years of driving experience on every continent in the world, Gerry considers his 4x4 provides the best safety, comfort and "sure-footed Mountain Goat confidence" on the tricky mountainous roads of the Banks Peninsula. Gerry is a former operator of Akaroa's Eastern Bays Mail Run mini-bus service and is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable local guides with a wealth of "light-hearted" historic information to offer on his tours. The Mountain Goat Tour Company carries full passenger liability insurance cover. For the list of tours go to this page HERE. Or Phone Gerry Trott on 03 304 7873 or 021 211 5304 gerry@chateaumontclair.co.nz  Or book at cabin or Info Centre on arrival into Akaroa.

Discovery Travel:
Discovery Travel is a top Trip Advisor rated tour company. We operate affordable private fully-guided tours from Akaroa, enabling you to experience the beauty, history and scenery that make our region unique.  Let us create an itinerary with just you in mind. 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 3 3578 262 Email: jo@discoverytravel.co.nz Website: www.discoverytravel.co.nz  or direct to cruise shore excursion page 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.

Selwyn Shuttle & Tours: 
We offer personalised tours for half day, full day or longer. Tours to suit your interests with numerous photo stops. We pick up from your cruise ship or from your hotel in Christchurch.  A half day tour exploring some of the attractions in the tranquil bays of Banks Peninsula. A full day tour can take in the attractions of Christchurch (or Akaroa) experiencing the variety of scenery en route. Wineries, Airforce museum, Canterbury Museum or the Maori and Colonial Museum,  Antarctic Centre, cheese factory and gardens are all possible options. Please contact us to discuss other requests. Our 11 seater Mercedes mini bus offers comfort, tinted windows and informative commentary. Alan your driver/guide has an extensive knowledge of the area having lived on Banks Peninsula for many years. For enquiries or bookings please phone 027 2277577 or email info@selwynshuttle.co.nz   www.selwynshuttle.co.nz

A Classic Ride:
AA Classic Ride Honda Goldwing & Sidecar tours operates from the taxi stand opposite the end of the main wharf. With your friendly local guide Richard you can tour the Akaroa township or ride the thrilling Summit Rd & beyond for 30 mins to several hours which can include a lunch stop at the Hilltop, the Barrys Bay Cheese factory and more. With an extra wide sidecar it may be possible to take 3 people with 2 in the sidecar & 1 on the bike. Please check with Richard. We want you to be comfortable. We have a range of jackets, helmets & hair protectors for your comfort & safety. In 30 mins-we go to Lighthouse Rd, Onuku Marae, & Brittomart Monument. 60 mins up Long Bay Rd around the Summit Rd down Okains Bay Rd to the inner harbour at Robinsons Bay & back to Akaroa township for a thrilling ride up Settlers Hill & back to the wharf. To book now go HERE (the pricing is for 2 people). To enquire for trips of more than 1 hr or 3 people email sue@matuagardens.co.nz  Also available a Nissan Murano luxury 4WD for up to 4 people for local tours of 1 hour or more. Murano Car available for tours or for rental also. 

Yellow Bird Limo:
Sightseeing Tours in comfort with a local owner/operator - Max seating: 6 pax. Tour One:‘Rural’ Tour. Time: 2 hours approx. Departs from the Main Wharf for great views of the inner harbour bays. Several photo stops. A refreshment stop at either Duvauchelle Hotel or The Hilltop Tavern and a stop at Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory. This is a very scenic tour. Commentary provided. Price:$65 NZpp. Min Hire:$250 NZ. Tour Two:‘Historic’ Tour. Time:1 ½ hours approx. Departs from the Main Wharf to the Maori Village of Onuku, travelling through the township of Akaroa and up to a location just out of the township for a great harbour/town view. Several photo stops. Commentary is provided. Price:$55 NZpp. Min hire: $200NZ. ‘Trips to Christchurch’-These trips must be prebooked at least 7 days in advance. No commentary. Price:$450NZ (max 5 people), Taylor-made tours in or around Christchurch: $650NZ, (max 5 people), Contact: Wilma Morgan
E-Mail: morganlimo1@gmail.com Telephone:  +64 (0) 21 410 054.

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. Web site HERE.

Rental Cars:

Akaroa Rental Cars:  
We have cars available in Akaroa. We specialize in one day, cruise ship rental car hire. Pick up and drop off made easy! Make the most of your trip to Akaroa and explore the area in your own time – we have various rental car options available from sedans through to vans.  After something special? We have Minis for hire – make it a day you’ll never forget! We do have limited vehicles available on the day so pre-book to ensure you’re not disappointed.
Akaroa Car Rentals is part of Cruise Ship Rental Cars – make enquiries or book online at www.cruiseshiprentalcars.com/bookings , phone 0800 548348 (within NZ) or 1800671345 (within Australia). Email: bookings@justbookit.co.nz Some rental cars are available for hire from Akaroa wharf. Please contact Andrew Colville, Director, Just Book it Ltd- Shore Excursions NZ, andrew@justbookit.co.nz Ph +64 21 330681. 

A Classic Ride-Murano Car to rent (with or without driver): 
Luxury 4WD, 5 leather seats, air-con, sun roof. Available for rental (5 people) or tours (4 people). Comes with route suggestions and stops. Make the most of Banks Peninsula, Christchurch and surrounds at your own pace on your own route. Go where the buses don't.
Rates start at $250 per day incl all insurances. Fuel extra. No hidden charges. Enquiries at aclassicride@gmail.com or sue@matuagardens.co.nz or book online www.matuagardens.co.nz/reservations

Animal/Farm Tours:

Akaroa Alpaca Experience Tour: 
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 the grazing herd of 90 alpacas, lead an alpaca 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. Interactive introduction to Alpaca Tour-2 hours. We pick up from Akaroa main wharf—maximum number 8 people. Pick up tour departs main wharf at 11.30am. Returns at 1.30pm. $50 per adult/$30 per child (5-15). Self drive tours 12pm/2pm/4pm. $45 per adult/$25 per child (5-15). Max 12 per tour.  Private groups by arrangement. Bookings essential (03) 304 5141 or info@shamarra-alpacas.co.nz. 

Akaroa Farm Tour:
Tours 10am & 1.30pm. Duration 2.45hrs. Min 4. Visit unique Paua Bay Farm. Sheep Shearing, working dogs & family history. $80 adults. $50 children (5-12 yrs). Tickets available at Info Centre & Wharf cabin. Pick up at Wharf & Info Centre. Book by emailing akaroa@christchurchnz.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. This 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, $30 child. Tours depart at 11am & return at 1pm, and again at 1.30 returning into Akaroa at 3.30pm. Book by emailing akaroa@christchurchnz.com or book and pay at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.


Akaroa Golf Course:
Fantastic Scenic 9 or 18 hole course. Book with Hollie at wharf. 10am approx pick up from wharf-$20pp. Light lunch & bar available Trundlers, clubs & carts available. No shoes are available so bring your own footwear. Green fees $30, Club hire $25.Packages for cruise ship passengers available on the Golf Course web site. The Akaroa Golf Club would like to offer the following package to Cruise Ship Guests: A $185 (GST Incl) Package for 2 Players: Would Include: 2 x Greenfees, 2 x Hire Clubs,1x Ride-on-Cart   (must be booked in advance). (For those wishing to walk the Course trundlers instead of the Ride-on-Cart, are available.) Transport from, and return to Akaroa. Web page HERE.


Akaroa Tours & Taxi:
Tours of Akaroa and the Bays, charters etc and taxi around Akaroa. Seats 4 passengers. I can transport you to where ever you want to go for a reasonable price. Phone or email for a quote. Phone: 03 304 7609 or 027 695 6981 or email rosemary@akaroanz.co.nz, Web site listing HERE.  

Free Village Shuttle:
There will be a free service around Akaroa on cruise ship days. The trip operates every 15 minutes approx from the Akaroa main wharf and goes to the centre of Akaroa and to the Recreation Ground (end of town). Stops are also possible to The Giants House. Please note-Akaroa is all walking distance & this is a lovely 15 minute walk along the water front. The shuttle is to help those out that are less mobile.