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Christchurch - Highlights

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Christchurch - Highlights
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Christchurch - Highlights
NZ Shore Excursions Christchurch - Highlights
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Christchurch - Highlights
NZ Shore Excursions Christchurch - Highlights
NZ Shore Excursions
Christchurch - Highlights
NZ Shore Excursions Christchurch - Highlights
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Having met your guide just a few steps from the tender jetty in Akaroa, we head out through this very "French" town, which retains it Gallic charm even today. Akaroa meaning "Long Harbour" in Maori and its harbour is in fact the crater of a long extinct volcano, the rim of which rises 1500 feet and our journey today will see us climb over this on our tour to the City of Christchurch.

With stunning views into the many bays from the summit road, we drive down to sea level, passing farmland and lakes before our journey leaves the main highway as we head over Banks Peninsula to Lyttelton Harbour.

We stop for stunning views of the Garden City, as Christchurch is known, from the "Sign of the Takahe" an impressive stone built road house set high over the city, but sadly badly damaged in the 2010/11 earthquake.

Our drive from here into the city will pass many of the areas badly damaged but also allow us to see the huge reconstruction process underway. Access to many areas is still restricted but we will try and show you the iconic landmarks before we stop for lunch at a riverside cafe on the Avon River.

Following lunch you will have time to enjoy one of the famous Christchurch activities - Punting on the Avon, The Christchurch City Tram [which can take you places not possible by road] or a tour through the Botanic Gardens. We are also just a short walk from the Museum and other city landmarks should you like to take a stroll to see how the city is being rebuilt. Check out the "Options" on this page to see more details.

Our drive back to Akaroa in the afternoon is by a more direct route and depending on the ships departure times, we may be able to stop at Barry's Bay Cheese Factory or the Hilltop Tavern before arriving back in Akaroa. You may want to have a look around this interesting and historic town before boarding the tenders back to the ship should time allow.

Highlights Include:
  • Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
  • Christchurch City being rebuilt
  • Lake Ellesmere
  • Stunning scenery
  • The Avon River, Cathedrals & Botanic Gardens
  • Views over Christchurch City

For an additional cost you can choose to do one of the following options after our lunch stop:

Christchurch City Tram - $20 Adult, Children 15 and under FOC with each adult, see here: Christchurch Tram Tour

Punting on the River Avon - $28 Adult, $12 child [5 to 15] under 5's FOC, see here:

Punting on the River

Botanic Gardens Tour - $20 Adult, $9 child [5 to 15] under 5's FOC, see here: Botanic Gardens Tours

Advance bookings are recommended as on the day availability may be an issue. Or you can just take a stroll through Hagley Park or the City.
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» Date from: 01/05/2017
» Date to: 30/04/2018
» Children are welcome
» Children's age is under 12 years old
» Infants age is up to 24 months

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