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Akaroa Tours from Christchurch

Akaroa Tours from Christchurch

With its dramatic volcanic cliffs, dolphin-filled waters, and French colonial heritage, the coastal town of Akaroa has plenty to entice day-trippers from nearby Christchurch. Here are your options for Akaroa tours. 

Highlights

Explore the natural wonders of the Banks Peninsula and enjoy views of Governors Bay, Gebbies Pass, and Lake Ellesmere.

Set sail on a cruise around Akaroa Harbor and look out for Hector's Dolphins, the world's smallest oceanic dolphin.

Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Christchurch, Akaroa, and the Banks Peninsula on a thrilling helicopter tour.

Visit regional attractions such as the Giant’s House, Barrys Bay Cheese Factory, or the Llama Farm.

Learn more about the history of Akaroa at the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum.

Things to Know

Akaroa is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Christchurch, a journey of about 1.5 hours by road.

Day tours from Christchurch typically last between six and nine hours.

Direct shuttle buses between Christchurch and Akaroa run from October to April and include hotel pickup and drop-off.

Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan on exploring and bring your swimsuit—many boat cruises offer the chance to swim along the coast.

For a more personalized experience, opt for a private tour and choose the activities that interest you most.

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Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

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Discover volcanic landscapes and breathtaking scenery on New Zealand’s South Island on this 9.5-hour Akaroa day trip from Christchurch. Take in top attractions including Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth with your guide. Ascend the Banks Peninsula for beautiful views over Akaroa Harbour and the volcanic crater. Then, sample locally made cheeses and admire colonial architecture around Akaroa. Cruise by catamaran into the harbor where diverse marine and bird life thrives, including rare Hector’s dolphins. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a delicious lunch in Akaroa Village.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

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Enjoy a unique opportunity to swim with dolphins in the wild during an Akaroa Harbour cruise. Strap on your provided wetsuit, flippers and snorkel gear, then slip into the water to swim alongside inquisitive Hector’s dolphins. This full-day trip from Christchurch includes a drive through the South Island countryside to Akaroa. You’ll admire breathtaking points of interest such as Governor’s Bay and Lake Ellesmere en route, enjoy free time to explore Akaroa, then visit a cheese factory for a tasting session in Barry's Bay.
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  • 9 hours
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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

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Wander the charming village of Akaroa, and opt for either a harbor cruise or dolphin swim on this small-group tour from Christchurch. Start with a scenic drive through the magnificent Banks Peninsula where you’re treated to summit views of Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps. Sample locally made cheeses at a cheese factory, explore Akoroa and enjoy a cafe lunch before a nature cruise or dolphin swim alongside Hector's dolphins. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized experience.
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  • 9 hours
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$316.77
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4-Day Akaroa and Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

4-Day Akaroa and Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

Spend 4 days getting to know Akaroa and Kaikoura on this eclectic tour. Explore the volcanic landscapes and take a harbor cruise in Akaroa, go whale watching in Kaikoura. Three nights of accommodation in Christchurch are included, as well as lunch on Akaroa Harbour and round-trip airport transfers.
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  • 4 days
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$978.47
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