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  1. Akaroa to Christchurch by Helicopter with Garden City Helicopters

    Akaroa to Christchurch by Helicopter with Garden City Helicopters

    If you are looking to maximize your time in Akaroa and the Canterbury Region, Christchurch for the day a 15 minute helicopter flight is the only way to go. Not only will you have more time to enjoy the city sights on the ground but you will also get a chance to see the fascinating views of Christchurch from above and see how the earthquake rebuild is changing the shape of the city. Our price also includes all shuttle transfers from the wharf to the helicopter pad in Akaroa and transport to and from our airport base to the Christchurch City centre.
  2. A French Connection from Christchurch to Akaroa

    A French Connection from Christchurch to Akaroa

    Begin with an exclusive private tour of Christchurch City to discover Canterbury through the eyes of a professional local host. Share in their stories and insight that cannot be encountered anywhere else. After a gorgeous first night in the city in boutique accommodation, enjoy the next day our curated road trip journey and travel to the French inspired Akaroa and explore the surrounding picturesque harbour, see the endangered Hector's Dolphins with the potential for a special glimpse of the White flippered penguins and New Zealand Fur seals. Taste the regions finest produce from the hidden gems we have arranged for you to enjoy on your scenic self-drive journey with a special private...
  3. Akaroa Dolphins

    Akaroa Dolphins

    Let our friendly crew, including our dolphin spotting dogs, take you on a journey of discovery through the long history of Akaroa Harbour and its inhabitants. Our luxurious & stable, low-lying catamaran ensures you have a closer encounter with the Hector’s dolphins, as well as New Zealand fur seals, penguins, seabirds, sea caves and other spectacular volcanic formations. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. On arrival, you will be offered a complimentary drink, including award-winning New Zealand wine, beer, low & non-alcoholic options. On the way home you...
  4. Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises (Black Cat Cruises)

    Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises (Black Cat Cruises)

    Depart the charming historic French township of Akaroa, just 90 minutes from Christchurch, aboard the large modern catamaran, Black Cat, into the sweeping scenic splendour of Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy your skipper’s fascinating commentary as you discover playful, rare New Zealand Hector's dolphins, fur seals, penguins and many other sea birds. Visit the startling volcanic formation of Cathedral Cave, and see everything from relics of the area’s Maori and colonial past to a modern working salmon farm of today. Two hour cruises depart daily from the Main Wharf.
  5. Pohatu Penguins - 2 Hour Nature Tour

    Pohatu Penguins - 2 Hour Nature Tour

    By 4WD mini-van and with many photo-stops en route, view Akaroa Harbour in its entirety, stand on crater rim at our 700m view point and learn about the history of this beautiful area by local guides who have lived here for up to 5 generations. Visit Pohatu Bay on the outercoast, panoramic views all the way down, working sheep farm and penguin colony. Get great photos of our friendly pet sheep which you can also feed by hand for a real kiwi experience. Then come with us as we monitor penguin nesting sites (only in season) and learn of the conservation work we do in the largest colony of Little penguins on mainland NZ. Other native species are seen on the tour so great option for the...
  6. Pohatu Penguins - 24 hour Pohatu Package Farmstay

    Pohatu Penguins - 24 hour Pohatu Package Farmstay

    Only an hour and half away from Christchurch is Akaroa & the departure of our package tour to spend a night in the tranquil bay of Pohatu. Our guides drive you to and from the bay by comfortable 4WD vans. You get plenty of free time to swim, explore or relax in our beautiful area with plenty to see and do. Get a free evening penguin tour in season to learn about the White Flippered penguin and the conservation to preserve penguins & other species. The next morning you have the possibility to kayak & discover the wildlife in the sheltered bay and the spectacular outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve. Our accommodations includes full cooking and eating facilities, all bedding, linen and...
  7. Pohatu Penguins - Evening Penguins Safaris

    Pohatu Penguins - Evening Penguins Safaris

    After a 4WD van trip and stunning photo stops en route you will discover Pohatu Marine reserve & the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. View the penguins returning to the bay in the wild, in a natural and undisturbed way. Take part in our monitoring program of nesting sites giving you great insight into their lives and an opportunity to see the birds up-close. Then, you will have the opportunity to spot the penguins undisturbed from our hides, socializing on the water with our binoculars and telescope and at dusk a very high likelihood of some returning to shore. Note that artificial lighting is not used as this is disturbing for the penguins. Join one of our tour...
  8. Pohatu Penguins - Hike and Sea-kayaking Combo

    Pohatu Penguins - Hike and Sea-kayaking Combo

    Perfect option for those who have a good level of fitness and wish to spend more time in Pohatu bay natural environment. Departure in Akaroa by our booking office, be transported by 4WD mini-van to the beginning of a 3 hours hiking trail (regular to relaxed pace). With a map and instructions from your guide you will, at your leisure, walk down part of the famous Banks Track through ancient red beech tree forest and tree ferns to Pohatu Bay. Along the way discover many waterfalls and listen to native bird songs and visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura Scenic Reserve with trees over 400 years old. Once arrived at the bay you have access to a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom...
  9. Pohatu Penguins - Wildside Discovery Tour

    Pohatu Penguins - Wildside Discovery Tour

    Our Nature safari offers stunning views of Akaroa Harbour, the outer coast, the endless Pacific ocean, farm land, forested hillsides and scenic reserves. Visit the prehistoric forest of Tutakakahikura reserve and the spectacular cliff-tops of Akaroa Heads Lighthouse Reserve. After complimentary afternoon tea you will be greeted by sheep that you can feed by hand for a real kiwi experience. Learn about the inspiring self funded conservation effort that saved the penguins from extinction from the area. In season see white-flippered penguins up close as we monitor nesting sites and from December to February you might even be able to witness rehabilitation program as Pohatu Penguins have...
  10. Swimming with Dolphins (Black Cat Cruises)

    Swimming with Dolphins (Black Cat Cruises)

    Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the ‘Top 10 Marine Mammal Experiences in The World’! Swimming with Dolphins (Black Cat Cruises) is the ultimate dolphin experience, swimming in the wild with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin- the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin. Located in stunning Akaroa, just 90 minutes from Christchurch, it is the only place in the world where you can get up close with New Zealand’s Hector's dolphin. Our experience and dedication to our local environment delivers a New Zealand must-do activity. Operating year-round, everything is provided for your comfort and safety: - Purpose-built swimming boats - Wet suits - Masks - Changing facilities with hot...
  11. Akaroa Experience Package

    Akaroa Experience Package

    The perfect combo for you and your group if you wish to properly discover all of what Akaroa has to offer. Start the tour with an exciting, fun, safe harbor cruise to discover the beauty of the water and maybe encounter some of its unique habitant the Hector dolphins. Following this 2 hours trip it will be time to relax and open up your taste buds at French peak vineyard. There, in its cosy cellar door or in a lovely courtyard, you and your group will discover some of the award-winning local produce of Banks Peninsula with wine tasting and a platter to share including cheeses, smoke salmon, cured meat and more seasonal produces. Finish this glorious day with a cocktail at Ma Maison...
  12. Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

    Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari

    Calling all adventurers! Slap on your life jacket, throw on some sunscreen and prepare your self for a very special experience. We will guide you through an extinct & flooded volcano crater and give you the chance to experience chance wildife encounters with endangered species eg: hector dolphins, white flippered penguins, and NZ fur seals which reside in the marine reserve. Witness some of the most stunning scenery in NZ while joining us on the most environmentally sensitive tours in the harbour. Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible...
  13. Akaroa Nature and History Tours - The Seventh Generation

    Akaroa Nature and History Tours - The Seventh Generation

    Discover the scenic beauty, history, nature and culture of Akaroa in one complete comprehensive tour. Visit some of the most important historic sites such as Takapuneke, the site of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and Britomart Monument, the place of the British declaration of sovereignty. Experience fascinating natural sites like the Heritage Park that provides stunning views over Akaroa, the Wildside Project, a community-driven collaboration for predator control and the protection of native species, and the internationally renowned Hinewai Reserve. You will see, learn and experience the stories of our past, and leave with a...
  14. Banks Track

    Banks Track

    Banks Track, NZ's original private walking track, has delighted visitors since 1989. It offers a glimpse of rural NZ by inviting you into our backyard. You will walk along Banks Track on farm tracks and following forest routes, over an extinct volcano with views of Akaroa Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Banks Track traverses coast and cliffs, through reserves and rural landscapes. Get up close and personal with a variety of native and exotic birds and wildlife including seals, penguins, lambs and geckos. Each nights accommodation reflects the landowners personality, offering you hot showers and flush toilets alongside the special character of property. We offer private rooms, free penguin...
  15. Banks Track Three Day Classic Walk

    Banks Track Three Day Classic Walk

    Our popular Three Day Classic Walk takes you over the rim of an extinct volcano and into otherwise inaccessible bays. Your packs will be carted for you as you walk at your own pace along the coast and cliffs of two marine reserves, have the opportunity to take part in a free penguin tour (in season) and traverse working farms working towards conservation. Your packs will be carried from accommodation to accommodation. Optional extras include kayaking and a private room. The diversity of scenery, flora and fauna, accommodation and views combine to create a stunning experience, one that many people return to enjoy. The season runs from 1st October to 30 April.
  16. Banks Track Two Day Hikers Option

    Banks Track Two Day Hikers Option

    For the fitter and faster walkers who prefer to spend more time walking, our Two Day Hikers Option follows the same Banks Track route as the Three Day Classic Walk, bypassing a night in Flea Bay. You will hike with your pack. Banks Track is a spectacular two day hike. The track combines hill, forest, and coastal walking at their best, making this a great option for those who like to spend much of their day hiking. This is our hiker’s option and a high level of fitness is required as the 31 kms includes a lot of hill walking. The Banks Track climbs from sea level to nearly 700m twice.
  17. Shamarra Alpaca Farm Tours Akaroa

    Shamarra Alpaca Farm Tours Akaroa

    If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to a place of warm hugs and postcard-perfect surroundings, welcome. A Shamarra Alpacas Farm Tour is an unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal with alpacas, learn about this loving animal, and create some memories with friends and family in a stunning location. You’ll find your new furry friends here in beautiful Akaroa Harbour on the slopes of an extinct volcano and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills. Shamarra Alpacas is just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch, and only a 20 minute trip from the historic seaside village of Akaroa. We are open year round, with the scenery changing beautifully through each season and the...
  18. The Seventh Generation - Private Tours with Akaroa’s Expert Local Guide

    The Seventh Generation - Private Tours with Akaroa’s Expert Local Guide

    Explore this special place at your own pace. Experience the unique beauty and fascinating history of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula with a Private Tour tailored to your personal interests and wishes. Popular activities include visiting Historical Sites, going for a walk in Hinewai Reserve, discovering the unique Wildlife, exclusive visits to Private beaches or a special Farm Experience. Get in Touch to build your own personal itinerary. Learn about the important history by visiting Takapuneke, the location of the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and Britomart Monument, the site of the British declaration of sovereignty, and for a glimpse...
  19. The Seventh Generation: Akaroa Education - Schools, Universities and Groups

    The Seventh Generation: Akaroa Education - Schools, Universities and Groups

    Group tours uncover New Zealand’s history, nature and unique ecology. We can tailor trips to your needs and fit the NZ School Curriculum. Learn about some of the most important historical events by visiting and learning about the Brig Elizabeth Te Rauparaha massacre, Onuku Marae, Treaty of Waitangi, and Britomart Monument. Learn first-hand from a French descendant about the race-for-Akaroa and learn about the nature conservation projects and inspiring future of hope that Banks Peninsula has, directly from a conservation ecologist with decades of experience. Learn about the history and nature of New Zealand in an engaging way, so that you leave with more knowledge, a deeper sense and...
  20. Adventure Hire NZ

    Adventure Hire NZ

    Looking for fun family activities in Christchurch and Akaroa? Our jet ski hire lets you explore the scenic Akaroa harbour at your own pace, whether it's slow and relaxed or high paced adrenaline filled. For the ultimate experience, explore further with our guided tours that go around the outer bays of Banks Peninsula, even through a cave. Our Jet ski hire operates out of Akaroa at weekends and holidays. Our tours depart from either Akaroa or Lyttelton/ Sumner.
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