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Christchurch City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttelton

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The Ultimate Christchurch Shore Excursion from Lyttelton Harbour

Join our unforgettable Christchurch City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttelton and explore the seamless blend of natural beauty, historic charm, and exquisite winemaking in the Canterbury plains and the famous Waipara Wine Region. This experience is a must-do for anyone visiting from a cruise ship!

Your journey starts with a warm meet and greet in the quaint Lyttelton township. From here, you’ll travel through the picturesque inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour, ascend the majestic Dyers Pass, and visit iconic spots like the Sign of the Kiwi and the Sign of the Takahe. Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the harbour, Christchurch cityscape, Pegasus Bay, and the snow-capped Southern Alps.

Descend to the stunning Mona Vale, a stately home renowned for its exquisite gardens. Walk along the Avon River in what is famously known as "The Garden City," and immerse yourself in the lush surroundings that showcase the city’s floral heritage.

Continue to the heart of Christchurch, a city rebuilt and revived following the devastating 2011 earthquakes. Witness the inspiring reconstruction efforts and explore the rich history and vibrant culture as your guide points out significant landmarks, surviving architecture, and new developments that now define the city.

Just before midday, head north to the acclaimed Waipara Wine Region. Traverse over 40 vineyards and wineries set in a landscape perfect for producing exceptional wines. Enjoy a delightful platter lunch at Waipara Springs Winery & Restaurant, followed by wine tastings at two or three additional wineries, depending on time. Sample between 16 and 22 distinct wines, and perhaps discover your new favourite bottle to take home or savour on your cruise.

Your adventure will conclude in the afternoon with a shuttle transfer back to Lyttelton Harbour, ensuring you return to your cruise ship with memories to last a lifetime.

Book now and experience the perfect blend of nature, culture, and gastronomy on our Christchurch shore excursion—a highlight of any New Zealand visit!

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All tours are designed to meet the cruise ships port arrival and departure times. If for any reason you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure we guarantee to get you to the ships next port of call.

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

City Highlights with Waipara Wine & Lunch Shore Excursion from Lyttleton

Sample Itinerary

  • 08:45: Meet and greet in Lyttelton township, followed by shuttle boarding to commence the tour.
  • 09:00: Depart from Lyttelton, travelling through the inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour to Governors Bay, then ascending Dyers Pass to the Sign of the Kiwi. Here, enjoy expansive views of both the harbour and Christchurch.
  • 09:30: Arrive at the Sign of the Takahe, a Scottish-style castle with a viewing platform offering panoramic views over Christchurch, Pegasus Bay, the Canterbury Plains, and the snow-capped Southern Alps for much of the year. The platform is a short, gentle 5-minute walk from the castle.
  • 09:50: Depart for Mona Vale, a stately home with exquisite gardens in Christchurch.
  • 10:10: Arrive at Mona Vale and take a leisurely stroll through its grounds along the Avon River, which marks one of the property’s boundaries. Explore the beautiful gardens and meet your guide at the rear gatehouse.
  • 10:30: Depart Mona Vale for central Christchurch, exploring the city’s history and the impact of the 2011 earthquakes. See memorials, preserved architecture, and new developments reshaping the cityscape.
  • 11:15: Leave the city for the Waipara Wine Region, about 45 minutes north. Known for its dry climate and fertile soils, it's perfect for viticulture. Visit Waipara Springs Winery & Restaurant for a wine tasting and lunch. Depending on time, visit up to three additional wineries, sampling between 16 and 22 different wines.
  • 15:30: Depart Waipara Wine Region for Lyttelton Harbour.
  • 16:30: Return to Lyttelton township and board a shuttle back to your cruise ship.

Tour Duration: 7.5 hours

Please note that this tour requires a minimum number of participants to operate. Times may be adjusted to accommodate cruise ship schedules.

Cost per person

October 2024 - April 2025

  • Adult: NZ$220
  • Child (3-15 yrs): NZ$135
  • Infant (0-2 yrs): No Charge

 Cancellation Fees:

  • Outside 7 Days no charge
  • Within 7 days 50%
  • Within 24 hours of scheduled departure 100%
  • If no notice is given the full tour fee will be charged.
  • Should the cruise ship not berth for any reason, no cancellation fees applies

Sample Itinerary

  • 08:45: Meet and greet in Lyttelton township, followed by shuttle boarding to commence the tour.
  • 09:00: Depart from Lyttelton, travelling through the inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour to Governors Bay, then ascending Dyers Pass to the Sign of the Kiwi. Here, enjoy expansive views of both the harbour and Christchurch.
  • 09:30: Arrive at the Sign of the Takahe, a Scottish-style castle with a viewing platform offering panoramic views over Christchurch, Pegasus Bay, the Canterbury Plains, and the snow-capped Southern Alps for much of the year. The platform is a short, gentle 5-minute walk from the castle.
  • 09:50: Depart for Mona Vale, a stately home with exquisite gardens in Christchurch.
  • 10:10: Arrive at Mona Vale and take a leisurely stroll through its grounds along the Avon River, which marks one of the property’s boundaries. Explore the beautiful gardens and meet your guide at the rear gatehouse.
  • 10:30: Depart Mona Vale for central Christchurch, exploring the city’s history and the impact of the 2011 earthquakes. See memorials, preserved architecture, and new developments reshaping the cityscape.
  • 11:15: Leave the city for the Waipara Wine Region, about 45 minutes north. Known for its dry climate and fertile soils, it's perfect for viticulture. Visit Waipara Springs Winery & Restaurant for a wine tasting and lunch. Depending on time, visit up to three additional wineries, sampling between 16 and 22 different wines.
  • 15:30: Depart Waipara Wine Region for Lyttelton Harbour.
  • 16:30: Return to Lyttelton township and board a shuttle back to your cruise ship.

Tour Duration: 7.5 hours

Please note that this tour requires a minimum number of participants to operate. Times may be adjusted to accommodate cruise ship schedules.

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