Things to Do

Akaroa, with its own beautiful bays and harbour and French and English history has an enormous range of activities to keep you busy for days. In Flea Bay you can take 4WD trips to the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and all around you will find fantastic sea kayaking in spectacular surroundings. There are cruises, sail boats, cycle tours, mail runs, and an excellent range of walking tracks. Don't miss seeing the Hector's dolphins and other special wildlife on a harbour cruise. There is so much to see and do in Akaroa that you will need more than a day trip.

  • Call Jeeves Tours

    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

    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

  • Canterbury Trails

    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

  • Captain Hector's-Akaroa Kayak, Canoe & Boat Hire

    Sea kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, row boats and water bikes. For hire daily. Have fun and enjoy the sparkling waters of Akaroa Harbour in your own time. Available for hire on the foreshore, Beach Road, Akaroa.

    Location65 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Phone0800 99 01 02

  • Coast up Close Scenic & Wildlife Cruises

    Come and see spectacular coastline & magnificent wildlife aboard our classic Kauri launch. 2 1/2 hour trips, personally guided by skipper/owner Tony Muir, depart twice daily at 10.30am and 2pm. Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure from the ocean end of the main wharf. Small groups on a spacious, dry and comfortable 43ft wooden launch. Fishing & Social groups: please book a half day or full day charter. Two hot showers on-board and a BBQ also. Cost is $70 per person. Children from 1 year to 14 years are $25 each. Infants under 1 year old are free.

    LocationAkaroa Harbour

    Phone0800 1 Coast or 021 228 8091

  • Discovery Travel Tours

    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

  • ecoSEAker Swimming with Dolphins Akaroa

    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 6 people per trip to swim with the world's rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin – The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin. We are a small family owned business and offer longer trips at a lower price only $130pp for swimming and $70pp to watch. We provide warm wetsuits, mask & snorkel, booties, gloves, hoods, jackets, warm hats, hot chocolate & biscuits. See our website for all you need to know. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.


    Phone0800 ECOSWIM (326 794)

  • Explore Canterbury

    We are a local company who have made small group (maximum 11 persons or maximum 4 persons) day tours from Akaroa our speciality.  Our most popular requests come from cruise ship passengers who want to escape the big bus crowds and we have designed two 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.



    Phone+64 (0) 212744986

  • Garden City Helicopters

    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. Email or phone 03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424 for more info. 


    LocationChristchurch Airport

    Phone03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424

  • Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

    Visit the Museum at the heart of historic Okains Bay. Enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula in former times. Significant taonga Maori and early European items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the Museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings. Gift shop, tea and coffee available. Just 2kms to beautiful Okains Beach. Hours 10am – 5pm daily. Open every day except Christmas Day.

    LocationOkains Bay

    Phone03 304 8611

  • Pohatu Penguin Tours & Sea Kayaking

    Francis and Shireen Helps have protected the White-flippered Penguins at Pohatu-Flea Bay for more than two decades. Tours enable you to see the penguins unobtrusively. Sea Kayaking allows you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Pohatu Marine Reserve. Scenic Nature Tours will enable you to experience a wide range of endemic wildlife amongst dreamlike landscapes. See web site for departure times for Penguin Tours, Sea Kayaking Safaris, Nature Safaris and Packages.

    LocationFlea Bay

    Phone03 304 8542 or 021 2469556

  • 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. 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

  • Swimming with Dolphins – Akaroa

    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, hot chocolate, free gift pack. Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award 2003/4.

    LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa & 61 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7641

  • The Giants House

    The GIANTS HOUSE. Sculpture, mosaic garden and Gallery. "The happiest garden on earth". Garden of National significance by NZ Garden Trust. Trip Adviser - award of excellence, recommended by Lonely Planet. The Giants House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa. Very Unique! Playful, zany, exuberant, astounding, colorful, surprising, seriously playful, unique in the will make you smile. B&B accommodation is also available.

    Location68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7501

  • The Mountain Goat Tours

    Specialising in Tours for Cruise Ship Passengers.
    Company owner-driver Gerry Trott named his Company after the most sure-footed animal on the mountains, The Mountain Goat because, combined with his many years of accident-free driving on every continent in the world he considers that his 4x4 provides the best safety, comfort and "sure-footed Mountain Goat confidence" on the winding mountainous roads of the Banks Peninsula and provides easy access and set-down for passengers.
    Gerry is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable local guides with a wealth of "light-hearted" historic information to offer on his tours.


    LocationChateau Mont Clair, 131 Stony Bay Road, P.O. Box 200, Akaroa 7542

    Phone03 304 7873 or 021 211 5304

  • 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.

    PhoneDoug Bennet +64 27 269 6928 or phone Grant McDonald + 64 27 368 1999

  • Tours & Transport for Cruise Ship Passengers

    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.


  • 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.

    LocationTaxi stand opposite main wharf, Akaroa

    Phone027 4322041

  • Walking Tracks

    Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills. Go to 'more details' to find the walking track page which gives you both the Banks Peninsula and the Akaroa maps with the walks. Most of the walks have pdf brochures that you can download or purchase from the Akaroa Visitor Centre, or they have links to the Department of Conservation web site and brochures.

    LocationAkaroa and Banks Peninsula

  • Yellow Bird Limo Akaroa Limited

    Sightseeing Tours on beautiful Banks Peninsula. Travel in comfort with a local owner/operator - Maximum seating: 6 persons. Tour 1: Rural Tour. Approximately 2 hours. Minimum 4 persons. $65NZ per adult. Stops at Hill top Tavern and Barrys Bay Cheese Factory with photo stops along the way. Tour 2: Historic Tour. Approximately 1 1/2 hours. $55NZ per adult. Stops at Onuku Maori Village and passes through Akaroa town. TOUR 3: Inner Harbour/ Alpaca Tour. TOUR 4: Art Lovers Tour  - Banks Peninsula. For more details on the tours please go to the 'more details' box.




    Phone021 410054

  • A Classic Ride

    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 03 3048946. Operating from near the end of the main wharf Akaroa. Payments accepted in $NZ, $AU, $US, Euro & Stg. Visa & Mastercard.


    Phone03 304 8946

  • Akaroa Adventure Centre

    Wildlife kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, surfing with the seals, electric skateboards, wet suits, boogie boards and other hire equipment. We are situated next to the Akaroa 4 Square Supermarket on the corner. You can hire all sorts of equipment from us there and book for your activities in Akaroa. We can also take you to the top of the summit road for a 13km down hill cycle ride. Click HERE to view the ride of your life on You Tube.

    Location74a Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7784

  • Akaroa Car Rentals

    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 0800 548348 (within NZ), or 1800671345 (within Australia). 



    Phone0800 548348

  • Akaroa Cooking School

    We share recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for up to twelve per class. We show how to prepare the dishes on that day’s menu in a relaxed & fun environment. A long lunch at the dining table will then be served savouring every dish from the class with matching NZ wines. All participants need to bring are their culinary interest and an appetite. We can also assist with your catering needs at your venue, private hire and the perfect place for corporate events, team building days, end of year function or mid winter get together. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Phone021 166 3737

  • Akaroa Dolphins-Nature Harbour Cruises

    Join us for a very personal nature cruise around Akaroa Harbour and headlands. View the spectacular landforms of this ancient volcanic crater, see fascinating bird life, seals, penguins and Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest. Your hosts’ heritage dates from the earliest settlers and you’ll hear fascinating tales of Maori and colonial history and the geology of Banks Peninsula. Complimentary wine & home-baking served on board.


    Phone03 304 7866

  • Akaroa's 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: 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

  • Akaroa Farm Tours

    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

  • Akaroa's Fox II

    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 $75pp or $30 per child. Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm. Real Sailing in the Pacific Ocean. Voted number 1 tour in Akaroa on TripAdvisor in 2013.

    LocationAkaroa Harbour

    Phone0800 369 7245 or text 027 4144 879

  • Akaroa Golf Club

    A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries. We also hire out the Golf Club for weddings and functions.


    Phone03 304 5704

  • Akaroa French Connection

    Direct Scenic Shuttles: Pick up point is Rolleston Ave -outside the Museum and Isite. Departs Christchurch daily at: 9.00am. Departs Akaroa daily at 4.00pm. Cost: $45.00 per person return $25 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

  • Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

    Adventurers get set... it's time to reach for the stars, slap on your life jacket, throw on some sunscreen and rekindle that pioneering spirit. We have a wicked summer deal to get you out on the water and up close with Nature & Wildlife - it's time to go sea kayaking in Akaroa & get that adventure you have been waiting for! SAVE 15% Book Online use “Save 15' code.


    Phone021 1564591

  • Akaroa Guided Walks/Akaroa Audio Guide

    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. 

    LocationAvailable at Visitor Centre. Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7733

  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises

    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 Jet Adventures

    To add to the many attractions that the beautiful Akaroa harbour provides, we specialize in giving the more adventurous an unforgettable jet boating experience, a must for those seeking that something extra! Climb aboard our 20 seat, twin v8 600HP 'Phat time' jet boat. This 7.5 metre cobra jet boat is the latest design combining power and speed with built-in comfort and exceptional safety features. A high speed 360 degree spin will show you just what this jet boat is capable of.

    Location61 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7092

  • Akaroa Museum

    Akaroa Museum reflects the varied and colourful history of Banks Peninsula. Three heritage buildings-the Langlois-Eteveneaux cottage (early 1840’s), the Customs House (early 1850’s) and the Court House (1878) are part of the Akaroa Museum complex. ‘The Long Harbour-a 20 minute DVD tells of the volcanic origins of Akaroa and it’s settlement. The permanent collection includes a complete edition of the Akaroa Mail from 1876, nineteenth and twentieth century costume, photographic and family history archives. Right in the centre of Akaroa. The Museum also has a great gift shop with excellent cards, books and Maori carvings.

    LocationRue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 1013

  • Akaroa Sailing Cruises

    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

  • Akaroa Winery

    Akaroa Winery is a beautiful Mediterranean style venue, overlooking the stunning Akaroa inlet. Nestled in Takamatua Valley, the organic, family-owned vineyard is located on the north facing slopes of the lush hills of Banks Peninsula overlooking Takamatua Bay. We produce the highest quality grapes with every aspect of our growing and planting dedicated to the environment, using sustainable farming techniques. We believe that our fruit makes superior wines. We are focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy wines that express the unique characteristics of the fruit from Takamatua Valley. The rugged terrior of our vineyard produces wines with great intensity and finesse. Enjoy...

    Location59 Long Bay Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 8990

  • Akaroa's World Famous Mini Golf

    Akaroa's worldly famous mini golf club, set amongst New Zealand native palms and gardens. Stream side setting. 18 holes to challenge all age groups and skill levels. Open from 10.30am until 4.30pm every weekend and school holidays and all cruise ship days. Groups welcome, tournaments organised. Yearly "Akaroa open" second Sunday of January every year. Lots of prizes and heaps of fun. Superb espresso coffee available. Prices: $3.50 for teeny weenies, $7 school kids and $9.50 for Adults. We look forward to seeing you soon.

    LocationRue Jolie, Akaroa

    Phone021 2763763

  • Alpaca Experience Akaroa

    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. Self drive to farm (tours start 12pm, 2pm, 4pm). $45 adult/$25 child or pickup departs from Akaroa Adventure Centre 11.30am and returns 1.30pm. $50 adult/$30 child. Other times by arrangement. Bookings essential.


    Location328 Wainui Main Road, Wainui

    Phone03 304 5141

  • Banks Peninsula Track

    The Banks Peninsula Track was NZ's original private track and is still regarded as the finest private walking track in the country. Beginning in the historic seaside village of Akaroa, the Track includes 35 km of spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches. Renowned for its charming accommodation, the Track is designed to provide a special and memorable experience for the intrepid explorer and holiday-maker alike.

    Phone03 304 7612

  • Barry's Bay Cheese

    Traditonal cheese making since 1895. Open for sales 7 days all year. View cheese making every second day during season (mornings best) Movie available for viewing. Cheese tastings available. Large range of wines and condiments and gift ideas to complement our cheeses.

    LocationMain Road, Barrys Bay

    Phone03 304 5809