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.

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: $56 return, $36 one way

Child (under 18 years): $41 return, $31 one way
Bikes: $12

Akaroa Shuttle & Akaroa Dolphins - Harbour & Nature Experience

Adult: $148, Child: $86, 0-4 years: $20

Akaroa Shuttle & Pohatu Penguin Nature Experience

Adult: $142, Child: $88 (under 15 years)

Akaroa Shuttle Penguin Safari (evening tour)

Adult: $157, Child: $115, Infant $30

Every day, 1 October - 30 April

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


Winter Service (1 May - 30 September)

Christchurch - Akaroa: Daily 9.00am

Akaroa - Christchurch: Daily 4.00pm


During the winter months Akaroa Dolphins and Pohatu Penguins bookings should to be made directly with the operator.

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 (October - April only)

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 newest city in the world, Ōtautahi. Where rejuvenation is everywhere!

Departs Akaroa: by 10.15am, report: 9.45am

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 (Rolleston Avenue outside Canterbury Museum) at 3.00pm and arrives back in Akaroa at 4.30pm.

Fare: $50 (Adult) per person return, Child $40 return

Departs Akaroa: by 10.15am, report 9.45am

At the International Antarctic Centre you will have 2 hours to explore the centre at your leisure, learn the history of Scott base and modern life in Antarctica, partake in a snow storm, see the penguins, hop on an original Hagglund (vehicle ride) experience what it would be like to ride one in Antarctica.

The tour departs from the International Antarctic Centre at 2.30pm and arrives back in Akaroa at 4.30pm.

Includes all transportation and experiences at the International Antarctic Centre.

Fare: $197.50 (Adult) per person return, Child $169.50 return




Image courtesy of Akaroa Dolphins

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