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Akaroa Day Tours and Cruises

Located 1 hour and 20 minutes from Christchurch in New Zealand on a stunning harbour setting on Banks Peninsula. Historic Akaroa has a long French and English history. The street names like Rue Jolie, Rue Lavaud and Rue Croix evoke memories of the original French settlement. Wander down the streets and browse in some of the small boutique shops, or have a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants, or grab fish n chips at the renowned Akaroa Fish & Chip Shop. Not to be missed is a visit to the extremely cheerful, amazing, colourful, astonishing, full of fun and unique Giants House Mosaic and Sculpture Garden.

The Akaroa coast is home to the rare and endangered Hector’s Dolphin; recognized as the world’s smallest marine dolphin. Don’t miss taking one of the Akaroa Harbour Cruises to view the Hector’s Dolphins. You can take either an Akaroa Nature Cruise to view the dolphins, as well as the many other special wildlife in the spectacular setting of Akaroa Harbour. Or for those that want to get up close and personal, swimming with the dolphins and kayaking are not to be missed.

Those who also want to explore Akaroa's nearby attractions, there are day trips and farm tours from Christchurch.

Akaroa Farm Tour from Christchurch
Akaroa Farm Tour from Christchurch
South Island
NZ$390.00
Appreciate the French legacy on a Akaroa Farm Tour from Christchurch, which we will reach after a journey through the magnificent landscape of the Ba...
Akaroa Full Day Tour from Christchurch
Akaroa Full Day Tour from Christchurch
South Island
NZ$225.00 to NZ$260.00 per person
Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa from Christchurch. Travel to Akaroa via Sign of Takahe, Sign of Kiwi, Governers...
Akaroa Guided Kayak Tour from Christchurch
Akaroa Guided Kayak Tour from Christchurch
South Island
NZ$460.00
Experience a unique French flavour on an Akaroa Guided Kayak Tour from Christchurch, a journey that will take you through the breathtaking landscape ...
Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins
Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins
South Island
NZ$390.00
Admire the French legacy on a Akaroa Harbour Cruise to see the Hectors Dolphins day tour to Akaroa from Christchurch, which will take you through the...
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises
Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises
South Island
NZ$85.00
Akaroa dolphins and stunning scenery Akaroa’s magnificent harbour, located in New Zealand’s only French settlement, is only a 90...
Akaroa Swim with Dolphins from Christchurch with Lunch
Akaroa Swim with Dolphins from Christchurch with Lunch
South Island
NZ$460.00
Your Akaroa Swim with Dolphins from Christchurch with Lunch day tour to Akaroa, the only French settlement in New Zealand, will take you through the ...
Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins from Christchurch
Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins from Christchurch
South Island
NZ$350.00
This tour accompanies the Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch. On your arrival in Akaroa join the Canterbury Cat 2 for your dolphin swimming expe...
Akaroa to Christchurch Shuttle (Return)
Akaroa to Christchurch Shuttle (Return)
North Island
NZ$45.00
Guests are welcomed at port and driven straight to Christchurch on our Akaroa to Christchurch Shuttle in New Zealand where they are given time to exp...
Swimming with Dolphins from Akaroa
Swimming with Dolphins from Akaroa
South Island
NZ$89.00 to NZ$160.00 per person
Hector’s dolphins enjoy protected status in Akaroa Harbour’s marine mammal sanctuary. You will get to experience these phenomenal m...