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Only a short 75km drive from Christchurch separates you from your next adventure.

Along the way you’ll enjoy a picturesque journey as you navigate your way through idyllic township of Little River – the gateway to Banks Peninsula. Home to artists, writers and farmers who’s produce can be found in the infamous Little River Café and Gallery, this small township thrives on character and charm endearing itself to all visors no matter how long their visit lasts.

Upon reaching the hilltop, take a moment to experience the stunning panoramic view of Akaroa harbour and surrounding peninsula. From here, the options are yours to arrive at your final destination. Head directly to Akaroa via SH75 or take the scenic ‘Tourist Drive’ along the crater of the extinct volcano for unparalleled views down into the harbour. Along the way, discover a number of the region’s vineyards or visit Barry’s Bay Cheese – the delicious cheese producers who source fresh Banks Peninsula milk from local grass-fed cows.

What's on

Cruise Ship Schedule

As the main port of call for the Canterbury region, Akaroa Harbour is the port for a number of cruise ships every October – April. Download this season’s schedule below.