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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.
Akaroa FrenchFest 2019 - a special shuttle service is operating from Christchurch and return from Akaroa. (11-13 October)
(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.
(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.
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
Adult: $148, Child: $86, 0-4 years: $20
Adult: $142, Child: $88 (under 15 years)
Adult: $157, Child: $115, Infant $30
Christchurch -> Akaroa: Daily 8.30am
Akaroa -> Christchurch: Daily 3.45pm
Christchurch - Akaroa: Daily 9.00am
Akaroa - Christchurch: Daily 4.00pm
Departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside Canterbury Museum
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.
The Akaroa Shuttle can also pick passengers up in Halswell, Tai Tapu and Little River.
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.