Tours

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.

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.

Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable!

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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 info@helicopters.net.nz 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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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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Pohatu Penguin Tours & Sea Kayaking

Join a small group tour from Akaroa over one of the most scenic back country roads by 4WD van to see and experience a thriving Little penguin colony and how 30+ years of conservation efforts have saved it from extinction.

We have options for all to enjoy including 2- and 4-hour Scenic nature tours, Evening penguin safari, Sea-kayaking safaris in a marine reserve, hiking in ancient forest or even our 24-hour Pohatu package with a night in the middle of the penguin colony.

Tours leave from our booking office in Akaroa and your guide will transport you by 4WD mini-van over the crater rim of the long extinct Akaroa volcano to Pohatu/Flea bay where the penguins are. Photo stops along the way and up to 700 meters on the edge of the rim where you can gaze across Akaroa harbour and enjoy stunning views of the endless Pacific Ocean as you learn about the area’s rich history and unique wildlife.

Once arrived at the bay be greeted by friendly pet sheep, learn about the conservation efforts, take a walk around the bay and in season see White-flippered penguins, Canterbury’s unique variant of the little penguin, as we monitor nesting site(s) to check on the well-being of the colony.

To this day, the Helps family continue to be leaders in conservation and their efforts continue to be fully self-funded via Pohatu Penguins’ tours. When purchasing a tour, you have a positive input on our little Korora.

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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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Black Cat Swimming with Dolphins

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.

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!

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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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Black Cat Harbour Nature Cruises

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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Tour South Fully Escorted Tours

Let our Tour South team of vastly experienced driver/guides take you on a fully escorted tour of Akaroa, Christchurch or the wider Banks Peninsula area, to discover some of the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this very special part of New Zealand. We offer our Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays Scenic Tour of 3 hours or choose our very popular Premier Share Tour for the best of the scenery of Akaroa, key City sights in Christchurch and some of the amazingly diverse and spectacularly beautiful Banks Peninsula area. Alternatively an Elite Private Hire, where you have the exclusive use of an appropriately sized vehicle complete with an experienced driver/guide for the day.

We invite you to visit our website at www.toursouth.co.nz for Pricing/Tour detail, and to view our Testimonials and Galleries pages.

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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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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Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run

Jeff & Suzi invite you to join their rugged and remote rural mail delivery that has delighted tourists and locals alike for over 30 years.

Discover the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern bays, valleys and coastline on this unique mail run experience.

We travel 120km weaving in and out of 10 bays from sea level to the crater rim delivering mail to 140 letterboxes to farms and settlements in the comfort of our red Rural Post Van.

Your tour includes an interesting local Postie’s commentary, a delicious homemade snack/tea/coffee break, a visit to a historic church and a short walk on beautiful Le Bons Bay beach. Plenty of photo opportunities and comfort stops.

The tour operates from Monday to Friday, leaving opposite the BNZ Bank at 9am, and arrives back at approximately 2 - 2:30pm. Tours operate all year round and are $85 per person.


Bookings are essential as we only have 8 seats.

Please note: Saturday bookings by prior arrangement (for minimum of 4, & up to 8 passengers)

email Jeff & Suzi directly: easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com

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 On cruise ship days pick up is from the Akaroa Main Wharf for ALL passengers at 9am.

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Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

 Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

 Full of attitude, seriously cute and very, very photogenic – come and meet our friendly award winning alpacas.

Just one hour from Christchurch, you’ll find Shamarra Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula across the harbour from Akaroa.

With over 170 grazing alpacas you are guaranteed to make some furry friends while enjoying spectacular sea views. Tour our farm and visit our shop, exclusively stocking our luxurious New Zealand-made Shamarra alpaca knitwear.

Your Alpaca Farm Tour
  • Your tour starts with a brief introduction to alpacas and their unique and quirky habits. You will be coming into close contact with your new found friends so we will also give a quick safety briefing with an alpaca in the barn.
  • An award winning alpaca fleece is on display and you get to feel the incredible cashmere like softness of superfine alpaca whilst learning about their amazing qualities.
  • We will then walk you through our alpaca herd where you can enjoy interacting with these gentle animals while they graze contentedly in their natural habitat.
  • Feed the mothers with their their young by their side. This provides some amazing close up alpaca contact and great photos.
  • Take advantage of the views across Akaroa harbour which are absolutely stunning and provide endless photo opportunities for lasting memories of your visit to our farm.

Tour duration: 1 hour

Tour times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

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Winter Family Package $95 (2 adults/2 kids)
Family Alpaca Tour for 2 adults/2 children.  Our 1 hour tour is an interactive experience where we share our knowledge of these majestic animals, their unique fleece and their adorable personalities.  Visitors enjoy time in the paddocks with a group of friendly boys and also get to feed the mums with their cria (baby) nearby.  Endless photo opportunities and lots of alpaca cuddles.  At the end of the tour, a beverage and home baked biscuit are served in our Visitor Centre.  Included in our Winter Special is 25% discount in our farm shop on our exclusive range of Shamarra Alpaca knitwear.
Family Winter Special valid from June 1st to August 31st.
Please book through our website Click here  or Akaroa iSite.
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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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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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ecoSeaker -Harbour Cruises

ecoSeaker -Harbour Cruises

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.

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!

DOLPHIN SWIMMING  10:30AM

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.

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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'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 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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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. "We will get you up close to Hectors dolphins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and amazing seabirds."

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.

"Join us for the Best wildlife trip!"

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ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming

ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming

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!

DOLPHIN SWIMMING  10:30AM

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.

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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

Maja is AMAZING! My husband and I spent half a day with Maja on a private photography tour while visiting Akaroa on our cruise ship. She not only took us to the most beautiful private places away from all the crowds, but her photographic expertise and kind instruction allowed us to take excellent photographs. Using both my husband’s more advanced camera and our iPhone 10s, we were able to capture phenomenal images worth framing all the while having a marvelous adventure up and down the hills! Thank you, Maja, for an experience we will never forget.

Kaye Phillips, USA

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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.

CRUISE TOURS:

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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Canterbury Trails

Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise and Lunch 

Get  15% discount on advertised rate
Tours include all transfers in our luxury vehicle from your City Hotel/Homestay, crater rim scenic drive, local knowledgeable guide, picnic style morning or afternoon tea, lots of stops for short walks and photos, Harbour Cruise and lunch at an award winning harbour side Café.
Depart Christchurch at 8.30am- arrive back to Christchurch approximately 5.45pm
Daily till 31th March 2021 except Christmas Day 
Please email us on info@trails.co.nz to book this with code AK01

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 Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Winter Deals 

$200 Family Pass.
NZ Winter 20% Discount.
Our Family Pass is $200 for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 0-15 years), a saving of $84. Offer valid for cruises before the 31st of August 2020. To book this special deal, please call or email us today. *T&Cs apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
Receive 20% off your booking today. To redeem this special deal, please call or email us today and quote WINTER. Offer valid for cruises before the 31st of August 2020. *T&Cs apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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.
Akaroa Dolphins - A little bit about us

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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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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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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.

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

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