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
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Christchurch
Admission to Botanic Gardens
Admission to Antarctic Center
Roundtrip transportation to and from Akoaroa port
Live tour commentary provided in English
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.