Adventures await on land or on the water as our local tours share the abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery and conservation programmes that make this area so unique.

Akaroa Tours & Transfers

Philip Narbey is a fourth generation direct descendant of one of the original French settlers’ families. He will take you on a personal tour around the picturesque Akaroa harbour and some of the outer bays. Philip has spent the majority of his life farming the original family farm, settled by his ancestors in 1850. Now he is semi-retired and lives in the Akaroa township. Due to his long association within the area, he has accumulated extensive local knowledge, and has a strong background in the farming practices that have been used over the years in the area and those that have evolved from the first farming families.

Your 4-hour tour starts with a pickup at 9.30am from Akaroa Main wharf or the Akaroa Information Centre, and returns at approximately 1.30pm.

A drive through the quaint Akaroa village leads us around to the bays at the head of the harbour. Our first stop is at the award winning Barry’s Bay traditional cheese factory, where cheese making on alternative days can be seen. Cheese tastings available. Travel to the hilltop, along the Summit Road, and into Little Akaloa, to stop for a complimentary "kiwi smoko" (morning tea). A stop-over at the historic St Luke's church leads to Okains Bay viewing magnificent sea scapes along the way. If time permits a stop at the Okains Bay Museum will allow you to explore the many displays of Maori culture and our colonial past. An entry fee of $10 per person is payable on entry.

An exclusive photo stop of Akaroa and the harbour with your cruise ship in the background for cruise ship passengers, completes your tour. On your return to the village you will have time for lunch and to explore the township.

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Alpaca Farm Tour 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 grazing herds ofalpacas, 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.

For Tour times and up to date prices go HERE.

Afterwards, browse the Alpaca Shop where a selection of luxurious, dye-free alpaca knitwear exclusive to Shamarra is for sale and beverages and home baked cookies are served.

Pickup from the Main Wharf Akaroa at 11.30am returning 1.30pm -  Price: $50 per adult/$30 per child (5-15yrs).

Pick up for cruise ship passengers/bus travellers. 

Self Drive Tours – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm - Price: $50 per adult/$30 per child (5-15yrs) Self Drive to farm.

Bookings essential.

Directions—drive along Wainui Main Rd for 4km. Look for Shamarra Alpacas sign on right. Take driveway up hill to the big red barn.

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Adventure Motorcycle Tour

You Ride We Guide. Jump on one of our late model dual sport adventure bikes and let us show you around the stunning and isolated Southern Bays. Maximum of four riders and your guide on a fifth motorcycle. Pillions welcome. Tours are generally 10:30- 4:30 from Birdlings Flat but location & time can be modified to suit time available, email us. All necessary gear provided (incl bike, riding gear, fuel & refreshments), check the tour and book on web site. Off street parking available, campervans welcome to stay. Tours are fully customisable for rider ability.

Tours are fully customisable for rider ability, we take riders uncertain of ability out on nearby gravel roads first to get comfortable. Tours can be entirely sealed roads if you prefer.

Birdlings Flat. A wild and beautiful village between Christchurch and Akaroa where Banks Peninsula meets the Pacific Ocean and Canterbury Plains.
You can start your Adventure Motorcycle ride from here; Christchurch, or Akaroa; a unique French settlement nestled in a harbour from an extinct volcano.

Get out on our dual sport adventure bikes and explore the beauty of Banks Peninsula while blazing (or cruising) the trails on sealed and unsealed roads.

We provide the bikes, instruction, guidance and any kit you need. You need a learners motorcycle license and an appetite for an unforgettable day out.

You can choose our guided tour (maximum of four bikes plus your guide) or just hire a bike and head off on your own. If you are coming to Akaroa by ship we have tours designed especially for you.

Off street parking available for your car, road bike or campervan. Campervans welcome to park up for the night free. Visit, check out our Trip Advisor reviews and get booking.

You ride. We guide. We look forward to hearing from you.

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English and Spanish Driver Guide - Chofer Guia en español.

English and Spanish Driver Guide - Chofer Guia en español.

Visitas totalmente guiadas desde Akaroa, que le permiten experimentar la belleza, la historia y el paisaje que hacen que nuestra región sea única.

Fully-guided tours from Akaroa, enabling you to experience the beauty, history and scenery that make our region unique pick up or drop off Akaroa-Christchurch-Akaroa. Cruise ship passengers day tour to Christchurch and the surronding area

We operate from October to April and are available outside these dates by arrangement

Excursión de un día a los pasajeros de cruceros a Christchurch
Pintoresco Balneario Sumner: visite el pintoresco pueblo costero de Sumner, aquí tendrá tiempo para explorar la playa mientras disfruta de las hermosas vistas del mar hacia los Alpes del Sur.
Port Hills / mirador de Takahe: suba por Port Hills para ver Takahe y disfrutar de impresionantes vistas de la ciudad de Christchurch, las llanuras de Canterbury y los Alpes del Sur.
Centro de la ciudad: paseando por los jardines botánicos, el río Avon, la galería de arte, la catedral de Christchurch y la catedral de cartón.

Cruise ship passengers day tour to Christchurch
Picturesque Seaside Sumner – Visit the quaint seaside village of Sumner, here you will have time to explore the beach while taking in the beautiful views of the sea towards the Southern Alps.
Port Hills/view point of the Takahe – Travel up the Port Hills to the sight of the Takahe for breathtaking views overlooking Christchurch City, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.
City Center – Walking around the Botanic Gardens, Avon River, Art Gallery, Christchurch Cathedral, Cardboard Cathedral.

Airport Transfers from/to Akaroa and from/to Christchurch are avilable by arrangement

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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. $85 pp. Children aged 5-12 are $42.50. No children under 5 years old thanks.

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Black Cat Cruises & Swimming with Dolphins

Black Cat Cruises & Swimming with Dolphins

Join award-winning Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. View stunning scenery, including the 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!

Swimming with dolphins all year round! Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful and endemic Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels with our knowledgeable and awesome crew! All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your ultimate swimming with dolphins experience. A separate price is available for dolphin spectating only. Everything is provided: wetsuits, hot showers and hot chocolate. Finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure Experience Awards 2019.

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Sea-Kayaking Safari

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.

Kayaking is open when at least the sheltered bay can be kayaked.

Experience is not necessary, trips are only run in settled safe conditions and fully guided by experienced guides.

Option includes pick-up at Akaroa with a spectacular Scenic 4WD safari to Pohatu with photo stop opportunities and guided sea-kayaking of Pohatu Marine Reserve.

Please note: If the weather is unsuitable on the day a refund is offered or an opportunity to come on the Full Scenic Nature Safari to explore the same beautiful area.

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The Bonjour Wine Tour

Spend an Afternoon 'A La French'. Sit back and relax. Meet the locals and hear their stories. Enjoy local boutique award winning wines and seasonal produces as we take you on a mini road trip around the beautiful inner harbour of Akaroa.

The Bonjour Wine Tour
• Explore Akaroa harbour and visit 2 of our local award-winning vineyards: French peak and Meniscus and taste a third boutique vineyard by the water.
• To accompany each wine tastings, you will get to sample some of our local produces and award-winning cheeses.
• Learn about our French history and the geology of the area creating unique wines.
• You taste, we drive; and as we go, it makes for an afternoon delight.

Tour length: 1.30pm to 4pm
Depart from: Akaroa main wharf or Wildside booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)
Price: $115 per adult. 

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Photo Tours

Photo Tours. Just for you! Discover - See - Experience. Upskilling included. Enjoy professional tips and advice for better images! Maja Moritz is an internationally experienced photojournalist. Receive a fun one-on-one tuition while you are indulging in the magnificent scenery and views. A special individual experience, creating the best possible tour for you with as many stops as you like for photo opportunities. We take you through the breathtaking landscape of the Banks Peninsula and also for a look around in Christchurch, if you wish. Delight in an exclusive tour experience in a Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Choose between 4 to 12 hour tours: $90 per hour for up to 4 people.

Special tours for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS on my web site HERE.

'My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Maja’s photography tour and learnt much from her in a few short hours. Aside from being exceedingly engaging and knowledgeable, Maja’s constructive critiques and willingness to share her own perspectives thru our cameras’ lenses were invaluable. Her enthusiasm, encouragement, and support made this one of the highlights of our trip!' Marie & Scott, San Francisco, USA

‘This tour was the highlight of our trip! Maja is a very gracious and knowledgeable host.' Susan & Gordon, Ontario, Canada

'It was fantastic - absolutely fantastic! Brilliant, phenomenal! ...very knowledgeable! And we had our own exclusive photographer for getting some really good pictures of us as a couple!' Ian & Silvia, England

'Maja exceeded my expectations in taking me to one fabulous photo opportunity to the next during my one day cruise ship stop over in Akaroa. I decided to pass on driving to Christchurch so we could just focus on all the beauty in and around Akaroa. Plus she will give you some good photography tips.' Dain Blair, Los Angeles, USA

Thank you for a wonderful experience! The booking process with Maja was easy and any ongoing communication was excellent. Having emigrated from Germany, Maja is extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of her new home country. Amazing views with some great chances to take some awesome photos under Maja’s excellent guidance, which is second to none.
We had an amazing day and can’t find enough superlatives to describe how awesome Maja is. You are always a little skeptical when booking a private tour away from the cruise ship in a foreign country but we can not recommend Maja and her photography tour of Akaroa and Christchurch enough.
We had an awesome experience, saw many sites that would not have been possible on a larger group tour and would recommend Maja to anyone who relishes the more private, personal touch to their tour requirements. Her Land Rover Discovery is very nice, clean and well maintained, her driving excellent and we felt safe in her hands for our day in Akaroa & Christchurch.
Georgy & Richard, Los Angeles, USA

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E S Tours

Join Dermot (or local guide Nick) on a small, personal, friendly tour...max 11...$110NZD p.p. with others...or a flexible PRIVATE HIRE for your group. E S Tours is highly rated on Trip Advisor (Bravo Award 48/50 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 modern and tidy 11 seater Toyota Hiace minibus has aircon , reclining seats and a clear hard-wired PA system.

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Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Enjoy this nature experience to visit the New Zealand Fur Seals on a small group tour. Your local guide has more than 20 years experience. Beginning in Akaroa your guide will pick you up and take you on a unique journey up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, you will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits. Safaris run from the beginning of October to the end of April at 9:30am and 1:00pm and takes between 2.5 to 3 hours.

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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 for Pricing/Tour detail, and to view our Testimonials and Galleries pages.

1. Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays 3 hour tour – 1st tour leaving @ 10:00 am – returning @ 1:00 pm, second tour leaving @ 1:30 pm returning @ 4:30 pm. - Cost $65.00 p.p. Children agesd 4-14 $40.00. p.p.
2. Premier Share Tour – Akaroa & Christchurch – Six hour tour leaving @ 10:00 am approx. – returning @ 4:00 pm – Cost $110.00 p.p. Children aged 4-14 $70.00 p.p.
3. Elite Private Hire Tour – Six hour tours to suit – Exclusive private use of an appropriately sized vehicle and driver for a full day tour = 1 to 6 Pax = $950.00 – 7 to 11 Pax. = $1,190.00.

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Discovery Travel Tours

Akaroa is Christchurch's most loved day tour destination. Join us for an exceptional scenic tour of Banks Peninsula, including Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, and the historical seaside village of Akaroa. Leaving central Christchurch, we travel the scenic route to Akaroa, over the Port Hills, via Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, through Gebbies Pass, alongside Lake Forsyth, through Little River, and along the Akaroa summit road. The scenic route from Christchurch to Akaroa takes just over 2 hours. Scheduled sightseeing photo stops are made, so don't forget your camera! You can then choose how to spend your day in Akaroa.

There are plenty of options to include in your day, from simply walking, relaxing in bars and cafes, taking a leisurely harbour cruise, or for the more adventurous, you can swim with the world's smallest dolphins - Hectors Dolphins. Whatever you choose to do, Akaroa, is a wonderful scenic and historical day tour destination and only 1.5 hours from Christchurch. 


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Akaroa French Connection

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.

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Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins is an award-winning tourist attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand. Join us on our luxury boat where you will enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour and meet the world's smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, as well as New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins and an array of seabirds, all while taking in the spectacular scenery. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. From our check-in team to our skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

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ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming & Harbour Cruises Akaroa

ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming & Harbour Cruises Akaroa

On our boat, you are part of the environment not removed from it.

While dolphins surf under the boat you can feel the spray from their blowhole!


Come and join us on one of our small, personal tours and experience the magic of swimming with the Hectors Dolphin in Akaroa New Zealand. They are the smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins in the world. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can experience them personally in their natural habitat. We are a small local family business, 100% locally owned & operated. We run one swim tour per day exclusively limited to 12 guests, offering a longer dolphin swimming tour to maximize your experience and your value for money with a 90.5% success rate. Wetsuits, masks & snorkels are provided, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.

Harbour Cruise 2:30pm

Do you have a sense for adventure?

Then join us on our Harbour Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are incredible. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. We run one 2hr Harbour Cruise per day, exclusively limited to 12 guests. Our boat is a 12.5-meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat. We are 100% locally owned & operated. Highly recommended on tripadvisor.



Contact us or see the website for pricing & booking. 

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Akaroa Tours & Charters LTD

Akaroa Tours & Charters invite you to take one of their tours of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. You will be escorted by local and experienced Hosts John and Noeline. The tours take in the sights of beautiful Akaroa, which was voted by Cruisecritic 2017 best cruise destination for Australia & New Zealand. Choose a 2 – 3 hour tour scheduled either morning or afternoon or customise your personalised VIP tour. The tours visit the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum and the Historical Maori settlement on the Onawe Peninsula as well as the bays of the Akaroa Harbour. Stops for light refreshments and photo opportunities.

Phone   John +64 210 854 8185
             Noeline +64  221 607 741

We invite you to visit our website for tour details, pricing and contact information for exclusive personalised tours. 

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Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises is a family business offering cruises from Akaroa exploring the amazing scenery and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We cater for small numbers of up to 8 passengers, keeping the trips relaxed and allowing us to offer personal service with informative conversational commentary. Our scheduled cruises depart from Akaroa's main wharf at 9:30am and 12:00 midday. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: online by the BOOK NOW button below phone 0800 226273.

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues with our professional skipper, we can tailor a trip specifically for you. Our rates are competitive and affordable and often less than you would pay to go on one of the larger boats with dozens of other passengers.

Take incredible shots of seacliffs, wildlife and seabirds for your Instagram feed and indelible memories of this beautiful place that we call home.

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues with our professional skipper, we can tailor a trip specifically for you. Our rates are competitive and affordable and often less than you would pay to go on one of the larger boats with dozens of other passengers.

As well as scenic tours, Southern Wanderer is available for general charters, including research, filming, corporate outings, marine service work etc.
Phone or email us to book or enquire about our scheduled trips and private charters.

Visit our Facebook page Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises for more infomation and 'Like' to receive updates and special offers.

Phone or email us to book or enquire about our scheduled trips and private charters.



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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.

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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 $70 NZ. (GST incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $15 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement. Jack now has a closed car as well, suitable in all weather.

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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.

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Akaroa Guided Walks

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 Linda to discuss a quote for group bookings.

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Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

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 $85 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $40. Infants under 1 year are free.

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Garden City Helicopters

A Garden City Helicopters flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes! Quick and convenient. 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. Your Helicopter journey in Akaroa start from us greeting you at the wharf from your cruise ship. We have flight options that include Aorkai Mount Cook, Helijet boating, Winery tours or enquire with us to make a personal itinerary.

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

For cruise passengers pre book or enquire on the wharf on arrival into Akaroa. 

Flights are subject to weather conditions.

Minimum passengers numbers are needed before the flights can go ahead.
Weights of passengers are required on booking. 

Akaroa Harbour Scenic Helicopter Flight - departing from Akaroa
Look down on your cruise ship as you fly from Akaroa township over the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline towards the harbour entrance. Experience the magnificent cliffs, dramatic bays, rolling countryside of this extinct volcano.
12 minutes (approx.)

Akaroa Helicopter North Canterbury Winery tour - departing from Akaroa
Cruise into Akaroa to be whisked away on a winery tour of North Canterbury. Take in views of Akaroa Harbour and Christchurch as you relax in your luxury helicopter. New Zealand alcohol laws apply.
4 hours (approx.)

Akaroa Helicopter to Mount Cook with Ski Plane snow landing - departing from Akaroa
Fly from Akaroa through the mighty Southern Alps to view Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Take in the splendour of the Tasman Glacier, by landing on it by ski plane.
6 hours (approx.)

Akaroa to Christchurch Helicopter Jet Boat Combo - departing from Akaroa
No trip to New Zealand should be made without experiencing one of the countries spectacular pristine rivers and a jet boat blast up the river, its a "must do" activity. Combined with a Helicopter flight it will be an extra special thrill!
2 hours (approx.)

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V8 Trikes

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 $49pp we've got you covered. And there's always time for photos. Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable!

V8 Trikes:

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. All you need are your sunglasses (or we can supply sunglasses if needed), and we have jackets on board for extra comfort. And there's plenty of room in the trunk for your belongings while you ride.

Whether it's a short blast or a longer drive along Akaroa's famous Summit Road, from just $49pp we've got you covered. And tell the driver if you have a specific destination(s) in mind and we can customise a ride for you.

Fun for the whole family, we can take children as young as 7 years old, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Just make sure they have suitable eyewear and a warm jacket if the weather is cool. See our driver on the day if you have any questions.

We also accept EFTOS, Visa and Mastercard payments on the spot, as well as US dollars and Australian dollars for your convenience.

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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.

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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 $90pp ($45 per child). Seniors get a $10 discount and under 5 are free.
Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm.

The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour.

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Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run

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 $80 per person. Book through the Akaroa i-SITE on or the BOOK DIRECT button. 

Cruise Ship Passengers:

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.
On cruise ship days ALL passengers meet the red mail van at the Akaroa Main Wharf for pick up at 9am.
Otherwise pick up is outside the Akaroa Adventure Centre, in the middle of Akaroa. 

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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.


Volcanic Peninsula, Christchurch City & Surrounds Day Tour: Volcanic Peninsula Summit Road to Hill Top, Little River, Gebbies Pass, Port Hills Summit Road, Christchurch city and surrounds. Full day tour. Private Tour luxury Mercedes Benz mini-coach. Max of 6 persons.
Non-Private Tour Luxury mini-coach 12 seats. 

Southern Alps Mountains and Inland Rural Canterbury Day Tour: Volcanic Peninsula Summit Road, Lincoln, Darfield, Porters Pass, Castle Hill and Arthurs Pass Viaduct ‘Look Out’ and Alpine Village (lunch stop). Full day tour. Private Tour luxury Mercedes Benz mini-coach.  Max of 6 persons.

Volcanic Peninsula and Bays Day Tour. Summit Road to Okains Bay, Little Akaloa, Hill Top, Little River, wine tasting at French Peak. Options of visit to Sheep or Alpaca Farm and Maori Museum. Full day tour. Private Tour luxury Mercedes Benz mini-coach. Max of 6 persons.

Departure & Return – Private tours depart immediately on request.
Non-Private tours depart approximately 10.00am.
All tours are scheduled to return to the wharf area at 4.30pm.

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.

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