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.
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.