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Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

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Overview

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 magnificent landscape of the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand, formed over six million years ago following a massive volcanic eruption. The ancient crater left behind is the location of Akaroa today.

After picking you up from your Christchurch accommodation, we will make our way to Akaroa NZ over the spectacular Banks Peninsula via a high summit route from where we’ll see the Canterbury Plains, farmlands, and the Southern Alps in the distance. Remote bays carved along the coastline can also be viewed from above.

The harbour is home to Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals, little blue penguins, and local bird life that visitors can view from a Nature Cruise leaving the main Akaroa wharf. Your boat skipper will share the history of the area as you marvel at the volcanic cliffs that guard the entrance to the harbour. You’ll also have a chance to explore the picturesque 175-year-old harbourside township of Akaroa, the only French settlement in New Zealand, with its art & craft shops and studios as well as its museum of settlers’ history. Then it’s time for lunch at a renowned café.

We will stop at a few locations on our way back to Christchurch. At Barry’s Bay, we visit the Cheese Factory, the last of its kind on the peninsula from a long gone era. We also visit the Little River Gallery featuring unique and original NZ art, and if we still have time, Vince’s Gem Stone Museum.

Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour Cruise to See Hector’s Dolphins

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