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Akaroa Cruise Excursion - Christchurch City & Antarctic Center

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  • Prominent South Island volcanic features viewed from highway

  • Visit to the beautiful & famous Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Tour of rebuilding process in Christchurch post-earthquake

  • Mesmerizing recued penguins cared for at Antarctic Center

  • Comfortable roundtrip transportation in luxurious coaches

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Christchurch

  • What's included

    Admission to Botanic Gardens

  • What's included

    Admission to Antarctic Center

  • What's included

    Hagglund Ride

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transportation to and from Akoaroa port

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary provided they do not occupy their own seat.

  • You will receive confirmation of your exact tour departure time when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • If you are not on a Cruise Ship you cannot do this tour

  • This tour is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers.

What you can expect

Discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch, enjoying convenient roundtrip transportation from your cruise ship in Akaroa. Visit famed botanical gardens, witness the devastation from the 2011 earthquake, and see penguins at the International Antarctic Center.

Depart from Akaroa and travel along the Akaroa Highway, with breathtaking views of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps, and the Canterbury Plains. Arrive in Christchurch and stop at the city's famed botanical gardens.

Afterward, take a brief sightseeing tour of the damage inflicted on the city's landmarks by the devastating 2011 earthquake. See the destruction for yourself and learn about the long rebuilding process.

Visit the International Antarctic Center, featuring an icy recreation of Antarctica's atmosphere. Enjoy an exhilarating ride on a Hagglund—a vehicle used to navigate volatile combinations of snow, water, and ice. Encounter the center's blue penguins, rescue penguins that could not survive in the wild and were raised by the center from a young age. At the end of your visit, return to Akaroa and board your cruise ship.


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Activity Location

  • Christchurch

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Akaroa Harbour Wharf
    • Akaroa Harbour Wharf
    • Akaroa Canterbury 7520

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