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Cruise into Canterbury

Canterbury offers a wealth of experiences to enjoy. From high country adventures to stunning harbour cruises, local personalised tours to exploring the history and gardens of Christchurch. The choices are endless and with so much to do you'll be wanting to come back for more!

Make the most of your visit with our helpful cruise hub. Akaroa features predominately on most cruise schedules, however, smaller vessels may also visit Lyttelton, Kaikoura or Timaru.

Akaroa Harbour Sunset

Banks Peninsula is home to picturesque bays, seaside villages, boutique galleries, cafés and spectacular harbour wildlife. Only 20 minutes from Christchurch is the historic port town of Lyttelton. While a 90 minute scenic drive takes you to the French inspired village of Akaroa.

Playing Piano Giants House Akaroa

Discover activities and attractions in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.

View from Hilltop Tavern

Explore Akaroa and Banks Peninsula with these tour operators.

Couple Walking Through Akaroa Village

Make the most of your stay in Akaroa with our essential travel information. From the nearest ATM machines and internet cafes to local Church services and doctor facilities. We've got you covered!

Row boat at French Fest

Enjoy a variety of annual events in Banks Peninsula that draw large crowds of both locals and tourists alike.

Shops Akaroa

Find the perfect gift at one of the many boutique stores and galleries lining the streets of Akaroa.

Couple overlooking Akaroa Harbour

Guided or on your own there's plenty to explore in Akaroa. A great range of walks suitable for all fitness levels from gentle walks around town to adventurous hikes.

Couple enjoying an autumn punt on the Avon River

Only a 90 minute scenic drive from Akaroa, discover Christchurch activities and attractions.

Peacock Fountain - Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Explore Christchurch and surrounding areas with these tour operators.

Akaroa Shuttle

Getting around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, explore our transport options.