The quickest, most scenic and convenient way to get to and from Akaroa is by helicopter. The flight time from Christchurch airport is just 15 minutes compared to 1.5 hours in the bus! The scenery along the way is spectacular plus you will also get to see the fascinating sights of Christchurch and see how the earthquake rebuild is changing the shape of the city. Once in Akaroa you are free to take a cruise, swim with dolphins, or just have lunch and shop. Our return price from Christchurch is just $450 per person.
Phone03 358 4360 or 0800 359 424
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.
Phone03 304 8611
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.
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.
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. 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 world....it will make you smile. Open daily. From 12-5pm daily in the summer. B&B accommodation is also available.
Location68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7501
Specialising in Tours for Cruise Ship Passengers. 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.
LocationBased at Chateau Mont Clair, Luxury Homestay Accommodation, 131 Stony Bay Road, P.O. Box 200, Akaroa, 7542
Phone03 304 7873 or 021 211 5304
Fully escorted tours are the best way to see the region. Doug & Grant, guides with vast experience and local knowledge with tours operating for a min of 6 people up to a max of 11 people per vehicle. Look through our Tour Galleries and check out our Testimonials pages to see what our many customers are saying about their experiences. Can pick up from your Cruise Ship or Hotel/Motel and promise to go the extra mile to ensure you enjoy a truly unique and memorable experience.
PhoneDoug Bennet +64 27 269 6928 or phone Grant McDonald + 64 27 368 1999
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.
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
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
Sightseeing Tours on beautiful Banks Peninsula. Travel in comfort with a local owner/operator - Maximum seating: 6 persons. Rural Tour- 2 hours, 'Historic’ Tour-approximately 1 ½ Hours. ‘Trips to Christchurch’, 'Private Tours'...for more details on the tours please go to the 'more details' box.
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
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
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.
Phone03 304 8511
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Book now for the SUMMER! We bottom fish in the stunning coastal environment outside the harbour. In addition we also do diving charters- bring your own gear or hire gear available from Christchurch. Let us put you on one of our spots and have a great day on or in the water. Half-day fishing or diving charters: $130pp. Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 per charter. For groups and corporates: Discount rates are available.
Phone0800 488 133
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
Direct Scenic Shuttles: Pick up point is now 47A Riccarton Road, outside Groundfloor café but will also pick up from where ever you are staying. Departs Christchurch daily at: 9.15am, 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
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 20% Book Online use “payless” code.
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. For independent travellers we recommend the Akaroa Audio Guide, available for hire 7 days per week from the Visitor Centre in Akaroa with no need for advance booking.
LocationAvailable at Visitor Centre. Akaroa
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
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 baot 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 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 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 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
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 $70 per person. For reservations please phone the Akaroa Visitor Centre on 03 304 8600. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or direct with the operators-Robin and Jo (03) 304 8526 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.
LocationMeet outside Visitor Centre Akaroa
Phone03 304 8526
Sailing in Akaroa from 16 December to 15 April. 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.
Phone0800 369 7245 or text 027 4144 879
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 Visitor 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Phone0800 1 Coast or 021 228 8091
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
We are a local company who have made small group (max 8 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
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 will find 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.