Escape with us to

Little France

Run away to historic Akaroa for a 1 or 2 day scenic trip
with complimentary Christchurch pick ups

Just 75 kilometres from the city, Akaroa aka “Little France” is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the scenic heart of an ancient volcano.

Things to do in Akaroa


(French for “taking it easy”)

Meander along the sunny seaside promenade.

Wander around this small French inspired village with its wonderful specialty shops and galleries.



Visit the Giant’s House.

Enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the water, or in a garden setting.

Image courtesy of Akaroa Dolphins

Things to do in Akaroa


(French for “ramping things up a a little”)

Watch penguins and other wildlife.

Swim with a pod of dolphins. Visit an Alpaca Farm

Cycle around Akaroa. Bike hire is available.

Hike in the surrounding hills.

Enjoy the view from the ocean by kayaking, sailing, jet boating or cruising on the harbour.

Our Shuttles

The best way to get away to Akaroa for a day or two.

Journey with Akaroa Shuttle from Christchurch city travelling around and over the picturesque foothills of Banks Peninsula, to the historic French and British settlement of Akaroa. Elevated views of the city as well as bays, estuary and inlets are fantastic visual appetisers for the natural splendour of the Akaroa landscape.

Travel time is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

NZ Transport Agency - 5 Star Rating


Adult: $55 return, $35 one way
Child (under 18 years): $40 return, $30 one way
Bikes: $12

Akaroa Harbour & Dolphin Experience

Adult: $132, Child: $82, 0-4 years: $20

Akaroa Alpaca Experience

Adult: $140, Child $85


Discounts available 10% senior citizens with a NZ Gold card, 10% for BBH members. Please phone us to make a booking with a discount.

Gift Vouchers are available for purchase.

(Every day, October – April)

Special services operating - 24 & 26 July

Christchurch -> Akaroa: Daily 8.30am 
Akaroa -> Christchurch: Daily 3.45pm

Complimentary Central City Pick-ups

Bealey Avenue (opposite All Stars Inn)
154 Bealey Avenue (north of Sports Med)
Novotel Hotel
Bus Interchange 

Departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside Canterbury Museum

Airport Pick-up

A pre-booked pick-up and drop-off at the Christchurch International Airport is available for $15 per person. The Commodore and Sudima Hotel pick-up and drop-off is $10 per person.

En-route Pick-up

The Akaroa Shuttle can also pick passengers up in Halswell, Tai Tapu and Little River.

Akaroa Departure Location

Akaroa Service departs from outside the Old Post Office, 80 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa.

Please report 10 minutes prior to your departure, the Shuttle departs promptly at the scheduled time.

Cruise Ship Passengers

We offer tours of Christchurch for cruise ship passengers visiting Akaroa.

An opportunity to explore the rich history of New Zealand’s English Rose known by many as The Garden City.

Departs Akaroa: 10.00am, report at 9.30am

Arrive at Rolleston Avenue, close to Hagley Park, near Christchurch’s central city. View the Botanical Gardens, go punting on the Avon River (additional charge) visit the museum and the new central city shopping area.

Departs Christchurch at 3.00pm and arrives back in Akaroa at 4.30pm.
Fare: $45 (Adult) per person return, Child $35 return

A unique guided experience around the ever-changing post-earthquake Christchurch City centre. The informative coach tour will talk you through what happened, and how the Rebuild is progressing now.

Operates 7 days a week (11:30am daily). 
Fare: $35 Adult, $17 Child

More info

We offer a Tour Combo, combining the best of both tours in one. This guided coach tour gives an insight into the city post-earthquake and it’s progress as it rebuilds, while also checking out the wonderful attractions both new and old in Christchurch central city. View the Botanical Gardens, Museum and the central city shopping area.

Departs Akaroa 9.45am, report at 9.30am
11.30am – Rebuild Tour (departs Rolleston Avenue)

Departs Christchurch 3.00pm, arrives in Akaroa at 4.30pm
Fare: $70 (Adult), Child $50 return

Image courtesy of Akaroa Dolphins

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We can’t wait to help you plan your escape to Little France.

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For all other queries including quote requests email: or phone: 0800 500 929 anytime