Port

Akaroa

The charming village of Akaroa sits on New Zealand’s South Island, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano along the southern side of the Banks Peninsula. Its beautiful bays and harbor are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin, as well as fur seals, little blue penguins, and an array of birds and exotic plants. From kayaking, hiking, fishing, sailing, and walking tours to art galleries, craft shops, and cafés, this welcoming town is a delight to experience.


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  • Excursions 19

Excursions

Excursions shown below are a sample of those offered in this Port.

Akaroa Acquaintance by Foot
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

3 Hours

This pleasant guided walk is an ideal way to become acquainted with the unique character and history of Akaroa.

Akaroa Acquaintance by Foot
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

3 Hours

This pleasant guided walk is an ideal way to become acquainted with the unique character and history of Akaroa.

Banks Peninsula by Helicopter & Jet Boat Adventure
Activity Level

High

Duration

2 Hours

Discover New Zealand’s landscape from both the air and water with this exciting adventure, which features a helicopter flight over Christchurch to see the unfortunate devastation caused by the earthquake of February 2011, and a jet-boat ride on the W aimakariri River. Read MoreRead Less

Akaroa Nature Cruise
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

2 Hours

Step aboard an exclusive charter catamaran for a chance to admire the beautiful Akaroa Harbor and spy some of the area’s wildlife, including the rare Hector’s dolphin.

Akaroa Nature Cruise
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

2 Hours

Step aboard an exclusive charter catamaran for a chance to admire the beautiful Akaroa Harbor and spy some of the area’s wildlife, including the rare Hector’s dolphin.

Akaroa Nature Cruise
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

2 Hours

Step aboard an exclusive charter catamaran for a chance to admire the beautiful Akaroa Harbor and spy some of the area’s wildlife, including the rare Hector’s dolphin.

Pohatu Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sightings
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

3 Hours

Visit Pohatu Marine Reserve on Flea Bay, home to sheep and penguins. Hike to nearby hide to observe wildlife with binoculars and telescope.

Paua Bay Hill Country Sheep Farm Visit
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

3 1/4 Hours

Murray Johns and his wife, Sue, welcome you to their hill-country farm for a chance to admire magnificent views, become acquainted with the history of farming here in New Zealand, witness expert sheep shearing and enjoy refreshments. A highlight of y our outing is a demonstration of herding skills presented by the farm’s willing and agile sheepdogs. Read MoreRead Less

Evening Penguin Explore
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

3 Hours

Enjoy an intimate nighttime visit to a penguin colony in Pohatu Marine Reserve on Flea Bay.

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Highlights
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

4 Hours

This half-day adventure packs a full itinerary of area must-sees with visits to Hilltop for morning tea, Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum and the delightful Giants House. Throughout the excursion, your guide will provide informative commentary abou t the history and geological significance of the region. Read MoreRead Less

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Highlights
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

4 Hours

This half-day adventure packs a full itinerary of area must-sees with visits to Hilltop for morning tea, Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum and the delightful Giants House. Throughout the excursion, your guide will provide informative commentary abou t the history and geological significance of the region. Read MoreRead Less

Sea Kayaking in Flea Bay & Marine Reserve
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

4 Hours

Head along steep and rugged roads to beautiful Flea Bay, home to the Pohatu Marine Reserve, for a chance to paddle the blue waters and spot such wildlife as penguins, seals, seabirds and dolphins.

Cooking Demonstration at Akaroa Cooking School
Activity Level

Soft

Duration

5 Hours

Foodies of all stripes are invited to join this excursion, which will show you not only the secrets in cooking with local ingredients, but also a good time.

High Country Adventure – Coach 4WD Jetboat
Activity Level

High

Duration

9 Hours

Embrace your spirit of adventure on an exhilarating journey into the high country of the Southern Alps, which you'll experience by custom built 4X4 Touring vehicle, jet boat and motor coach.

Christchurch after the Quake
Activity Level

Moderate

Duration

8 Hours

Venture to Christchurch to appreciate the work and pluck that have gone into the rebuilding of the city after the devastating earthquakes of 2011, enjoying a chance to explore the new developments (recently reopened Red Zone areas) and learn about th e city’s history. Read MoreRead Less