Find the best shuttle and bus service for your next adventure to Akaroa and The Bays.
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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2 HOUR LOCAL SIGHTSEEING TOUR:
$40.00 per person return. $20.00 Children. Departs from main wharf at 11.30am. Returns at 1.30pm. Travel by coach for panoramic views of the Akaroa Harbour and the local bays including Duvauchelle, Barry’s Bay, Robinsons Bay and Takamatua. We visit the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory where you can sample some fabulous award winning cheeses. Then we make our way up to the Historic Hill Top Tavern with more photo opportunities and refreshments. Learn Akaroa’s local history and how the Akaroa harbour and surrounding Banks Peninsula were home to 2 extinct volcanoes with informative commentary from your driver. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.
CHRISTCHURCH & BANKS PENINSULA TOURS:
$70.00 per person return. $40.00 Children. Departs from main wharf at 10.30am.
Travel by luxury coach via the Scenic Summit road with stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, Lyttelton Harbour and Christchurch City. Experience local history surrounding Banks Peninsula which is home to two extinct volcanoes with informative commentary from your driver. Stunning views of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains, Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Museum and the Container Shopping Mall. Returns into Akaroa by 4.30pm. Book by clicking HERE or book & pay directly at the main wharf when you arrive in Akaroa.
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.
Outclass Self Drive Tours
Treat yourself to a luxury self-drive tour while in Akaroa, tailored exclusively for cruise ship passengers. Hire one of our classic cars, drive yourself around Canterbury and experience the sights, shops, food and culture all at your own pace. Our full day (up to 7 hours) tours offer a great variety of GPS coordinated destinations, hand-picked for varying interests and travel types; shopaholic, arts & culture enthusiast, foodie, nature lover and sightseeing fanatic. Much more personal than a coach tour and you can visit what you wish, when you like, for as long as you like.
Pickup from 8:00am from the convenience of Akaroa Wharf and drop off up until 6:00pm.
Cruise passengers can be picked up later and brought back to Akaroa earlier.
'Self-drive tours'-a luxury rental with preprogrammed GPS coordinates to our recommended destinations and a handbook as well which we are tailoring for different tourist types.
Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Akaroa
Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations Akaroa
Orion, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council, has installed two public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Akaroa. One is located at Rue Brittan and the other on Beach Road near the Fire Station. These public chargers are available 24/7 and are free to use. To start using the chargers, you will need to create an account and order a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag at charge.net.nz. In line with New Zealand guidelines, charging cables aren’t attached to the chargers so you will need to provide your own cable, specific to your electric vehicle.
If you would like to know more about EVs or EV charging, please visit the Orion website.
Two identical EV chargers are now open in Akaroa, one at Rue Brittan and the other located in Beach Road by the Fire Station.
EV chargers open in Akaroa
Orion Media Release, 20.12.2016
Two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have now opened in Akaroa. These EV chargers, along with the recently installed chargers in Little River, will make the scenic trip to and from Akaroa an easy, relaxed and ‘range anxiety’ free driving experience for EV owners.
The chargers were installed by Orion, the electricity network company, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and are the latest in a network of EV charging stations being rolled out across Christchurch and central Canterbury. The Akaroa chargers will be free to use for the foreseeable future.
Orion Chief Executive, Rob Jamieson said: “We’re very happy that our public charging stations make it possible for EV owners to relax and enjoy the quiet, smooth and CO2 emission-free drive to scenic Akaroa.”
“More of our public charging stations will be opening in the coming months giving EV drivers even more flexibility in their choices of destination throughout our region.”
The two EV chargers in Akaroa are standard chargers which typically take a few hours to fully charge a car. This suits those drivers day tripping to Akaroa.
EV owners will need to open an account at charge.net.nz to be able to use the chargers and, in line with New Zealand guidelines, cables aren’t attached to the chargers. EV owners will need to provide their own cable which is specific to their vehicle.
Council Banks Peninsula Community Board Member, Pam Richardson says, “We’re delighted to be able to work with Orion to get electric vehicle chargers installed on the Peninsula. Electric vehicles have great environmental benefits and it is exciting to have them as part of Christchurch’s transport future.”
Those interested in learning more about electric vehicles or Orion’s EV charging stations can visit the website at oriongroup.co.nz/electric-vehicles.
DDI: +64 3 363 9808
Mob: 027 704 9603
Orion New Zealand Ltd
Garden City Helicopters
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 email@example.com 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.)
Journey with Akaroa Shuttle from Christchurch city travelling around and over the picturesque foothills of Banks Peninsula, to the historic French and British settlement of Akaroa. Elevated views of the city as well as bays, estuary and inlets are fantastic visual appetisers for the natural splendour of the Akaroa landscape.
Departs daily (Oct-April) from Christchurch 8.30am (Rolleston Avenue outside Canterbury Museum), and Akaroa 3.45pm. Multiple complimentary Christchurch central city pick-up locations available.
$56 Adult return
Akaroa Shuttle is Qualmark Gold certified.
Include an experience –
Akaroa Dolphins Harbour & Nature Cruise – A harbor cruise and dolphin experience in New Zealand’s famous French Settlement of Akaroa. The cruise departs at 12.45pm and is a very generous 2 hours in length. During tour spend time interacting with the world’s unique Hector Dolphins, found only in New Zealand. $148 Adult includes transport with Akaroa Shuttle.
Pohatu Penguin Nature Experience - Learn about the area's rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu's unique penguin conservation program. Our Nature Safaris offer stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, farm land and forested hillsides. Be greeted by the farm's, friendly pet sheep with an opportunity to get up close and feed them and see White-Flipped penguins as we monitor nesting sites. $142 Adult includes transport with Akaroa Shuttle
Pohatu Penguin Evening Safari - Learn about the area's rich history, native flora and fauna and Pohatu's unique penguin conservation program. Our Nature Safaris offer stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, farm land and forested hillsides. Be greeted by the farm's, friendly pet sheep with an opportunity to get up close and feed them and see White-Flipped penguins as we monitor nesting sites. Ideal for those overnighting in Akaroa. $157 Adult includes transport with Akaroa Shuttle.