Tours | Akaroa – New Zealand

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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.

  • 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: 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. Otherwise pick up is outside the Akaroa Adventure Centre, in the middle of Akaroa.

    Phone03 304 7784 or 03 304 8526

  • 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. Akaroa's best value at $80pp  ($40 per child). Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm. The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour. 

    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

    Fax03 348 0963

  • 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

  • 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 HERE Phone +64 22 5483481. 



    Phone+64 22 5483481

  • 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. $75 pp. Book Now! No children under 5 years old thanks.

    LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa

    Phone0800 724 528

  • “Alpaca heaven on earth” - tripadvisor. Alpacas are beautiful and mysterious animals with a long and fascinating history. Frank and Anya, who own over 130 alpacas, will share this story and their experience with you. After an interactive presentation you will have the opportunity to handle alpacas and appreciate the unique qualities of their amazing ultra fine fleece. Walk an alpaca among our herd while these majestic animals graze with their young, then feed them by hand.  The memorable views over Akaroa harbour are breathtaking. Afterwards, browse the excellent Alpaca Shop. 

    Location328 Wainui Main Road, French Farm

    Phone03 304 5141

  • Bicyclette E Biking Akaroa is an eBike hire and guided tour business. Hire our bikes, map provided or take guided tour option. The Southern Bay Guided Tour begins in the Wainui settlement and allows you to take in the stunning scenery of inner harbour, Akaroa the Southern Bays and the heads via the charming volcanic terrain of Banks Peninsula. 
    The Eastern Bay Guided Tour: this enchanting tour allows you to take in the stunning scenery around the volcanic Banks Peninsula summits.  It includes breath taking sea views up to the Kaikoura ranges, panorama views of eastern bays coastline.

    Location177 Jubilee Road, Wainui, NZ

    PhoneKaz 027 2823444 Gail 027 4466444

  • 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

  • Cruise ship passenger tour. Join Barrel Tours for an entertainment packed tour from your ship in Akaroa around Christchurch. Your tour includes exceptional commentary from your driver/guide, a delicious lunch and beer tasting at a local Christchurch brewery, and exploration of the wonders of downtown Christchurch. After half an hour walk around the Cathedral Square and CBD with your guide the options are yours. We can take you to another Brewery for a beer tasting or you can spend one hour of free time in town. Full Tasting Tour Price: $125. Full Tour with Free Time: $110.

    Phone+64 2108196396

  • 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.

    Phone03 357 8262

  • A 2 hour tour experiencing all of the high points Akaroa Harbour has to offer. Things you are likely to see, 1000 foot cliffs, Sea Arches, Amazing Volcanic Formations, Caves, Marine Farms, White Flippered Blue Penguins, Albatross and other seabirds, Akaroa Marine Reserve, Nikau Palm Gully and occasional Blowholes. Hear about the Volcanic and Maori history. Steve the owner & captain is a 5th generation local who knows the secrets of Akaroa Harbour. The boat is a fun, fast, adventurous 12.5 meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat and Coastguard Marine Rescue vessel with 600HP four stroke outboards). 


    Phone0800 ECOSWIM (326 794)

  • Come and join us on one of our small friendly personal tours and experience the magic of your dolphin swim with an intimate group of only 12 guests per tour. And swim with the world's rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin - The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin. We are a small local family business, your captain 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. 


    Phone0800 ECOSWIM (326 794)

  • Join Dermot (or local guide Nick) on a small, personal, friendly tour...max 11...$100NZD 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 helicopter flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes! Quick and convenient, leaving you more time to explore Christchurch City and attractions but also offering an incredible scenic flight over Banks Peninsula and the City itself.  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.  Other options include flights to Mt Cook, Heli-jetboating, heli-golf packages or why not fly to Pegasus Bay winery, one of NZ’s finest offering superb cuisine and wines. 


    LocationChristchurch Airport

    Phone03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424

  • 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

  • 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. A half day tour exploring attractions in the tranquil bays of Banks Peninsula or a full day can take in the attractions of Christchurch (or Akaroa) experiencing great scenery, wineries, Airforce museum, Canterbury Museum or the Maori and Colonial Museum, Antarctic Centre, cheese factory and gardens. Lots of possible options. Our 11 seater Mercedes mini bus offers comfort, tinted windows and informative commentary. Alan your driver/ guide has an extensive knowledge of the local area.

    Phone027 2277577

  • Operating between September through to the end of May. 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

  • 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 $29pp 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 $60 N.Z. (g.s.t. incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $10 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement.

    LocationTaxi stand opposite main wharf, Akaroa

    Phone027 4322041

  • A Classic Ride Honda Goldwing & Sidecar Tours & luxury car tours. Honda GoldWing motorbike & sidecar sightseeing. Tours from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Prices start at $90 for 30 mins for 2 people. 3 people poa. Nissan Murano available for hire, with driver, fully certified, leather seats & air con. Up to 4 people. $190 per hour. 1 hr min. Customised tours including off the beaten track country roads. Transfers (e.g. to/from French Farm Winery). Book online or email enquiries to ph 027 9011880. Operating from near the end of the main wharf Akaroa. Payments accepted in $NZ, $AU, $US, Euro & Stg. Visa & Mastercard.


    Phone027 9011880

  • 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 $75 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $25. 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.


    Phone03 304 7866