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  1. 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.
  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. 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...
  4. The Akaroa Walk

    The Akaroa Walk

    The Akaroa Walk is rapidly becoming an icon among New Zealand hiking adventures. It is a 46km, three-day, guided walk from Christchurch to Akaroa. Your bags are transported for you so you only carry a daypack for refreshments and personal items, and our knowledgeable local guide accompanies you throughout the walk, providing an interesting insight into the local history and geographical features of the walk. Good quality accommodation and meals are included in the price. On the first and third night's you experience excellent restaurant quality meals (wine and other beverages are available at your cost). The second evening features a New Zealand barbeque, with fresh Akaroa salmon and a...
  5. Garden City Helicopters  - Akaroa to Aoraki Mount Cook

    Garden City Helicopters - Akaroa to Aoraki Mount Cook

    On your journey you will take in the unique views of Canterbury, the Banks Peninsula, and the Canterbury Plains. You will have views of snowy mountain peaks and crystal-clear lakes. Upon landing at Mount Cook airfield you will be transferred to an iconic ski plane, the mode of transport for the late Sir Edmund Hillary on some of his trips into the National Park. The flight will take in views of the Tasman Glacier, the longest in New Zealand. On completion of your ski plane flight you re-board your helicopter to depart to a resort for lunch (lunch is not included in cost). After lunch, you return to Akaroa wharf to board your ship. Your pilot will inform you of the interesting facts &...
  6. 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...
  7. Pohatu penguins - 24 hour Pohatu package

    Pohatu penguins - 24 hour Pohatu package

    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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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 NZ. View the penguins returning to the bay in the wild, in a natural and undisturbed way. Learn of this self funded 30+ years conservation effort that saved the penguins from extinction from the area. 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 with provided camouflage gear and binoculars watch them interacting on the water and slowly making their way ashore under our hides before darkness forces us to retreat. Note that artificial lighting...
  11. Banks Peninsula Wine Tour

    Banks Peninsula Wine Tour

    Spend some time with us on a scenic drive around the inner coast of Akaroa Harbor extinct volcano to visit some of Akaroa’s award winning local producers. Taste Akaroa's award winning boutique wines and produces while stopping along the way at magical view points with our knowledgeable guides sharing stories of our local history, from the geology, land and ocean to Maori history and the original French settlers and how they planted their first vines in this unique terroir. Enjoy wine tasting with delicious locally made seasonal accompaniments from our local producers which we will visit along the way and learn all about their savoir-faire. We can also create vegan and gluten free options...
  12. Pohatu Penguins - 4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking Safari

    Pohatu Penguins - 4WD Scenic Sea-kayaking Safari

    After a scenic 4WD van trip over the 2d highest pass on Banks Peninsula to Pohatu Marine Reserve our large fleet of safe stable doubles and some singles will give you the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful location in a way that only kayaking can allow. You will be taken on a wildlife adventure to find various seabirds, see curious New Zealand fur seals with pups playing in rocks pools, Little penguins and possibly even spot the world's smallest dolphin gliding under your kayak. There is much to see and explore, even the inexperienced can enjoy under the guidance of our experienced knowledgeable guides. On very calm days, deep sea-caves can be explored and for the more fit the wild...
  13. Pohatu penguins - Scenic Nature Safari

    Pohatu penguins - Scenic Nature Safari

    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...
  14. Shore Trips and Tours - Christchurch Highlights Tour

    Shore Trips and Tours - Christchurch Highlights Tour

    Shore Trips and Tours have been providing quality tour experiences to visiting cruise ship clients since 2002. A Qualmark endorsed tour company, a member of ProGuides NZ and a 5 year in a row winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, you can be assured of friendly professional guides, a value for money day out and a guarantee to get you back to the ship on time. Our popular small group Christchurch Highlights tour shows you the stunning sights of Akaroa, Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City plus we have time for one of Christchurch's famous activities - Punting on the Avon, the City Tram or the Botanic Gardens (extra cost). We look forward to sharing Christchurch with...
  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. 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...
  17. Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

    Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

    The Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Centre is part of New Zealand's official nationwide Visitor Information Network. Every person who works at the Akaroa i-SITE is a local travel expert. They will help you to find quality activities, attractions, accommodation, transport and more for Akaroa, Canterbury and the rest of New Zealand. Whatever you’re after, drop in today and ask our friendly team of local travel experts.
  18. Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

    Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

    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...
  19. Coast up Close Akaroa

    Coast up Close Akaroa

    Explore the wild side of Banks Peninsula, New Zealand in our comfortable, classic Kauri launch. Your exciting boat cruise will take you outside Akaroa Harbour, beside steep cliffs & archways, stunning sea caves, Hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals at play and at rest. The area around Akaroa is stunning, come explore it with a knowledgeable, local skipper. This is your chance to get some amazing photos. Your adventure can also include dolphins, whales, penguins, orcas, birds, fish and sharks. Tony takes small groups, so you get personal service. 2.5 hour summer cruises depart at 10.30 am and 2 pm from the Main Wharf Akaroa. Fancy a bit of fishing? Social fishing groups are our specialty!...
  20. ecoseaker Dolphin Swimming Akaroa

    ecoseaker Dolphin Swimming Akaroa

    Come and join us on one of our small friendly personal tours and experience the magic of your dolphin swim with an intimate group of only 12 guests per trip. And swim with the world's rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin - The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin. We are a small local family business and offer longer trips to maximise your experience and your value for money, a 90.5% success rate. We provide warm wetsuits, mask & snorkel, hot chocolate & biscuits.