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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.
(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: $55 return, $35 one way
Child (under 18 years): $40 return, $30 one way
Adult: $140, Child: $82, 0-4 years: $20
Adult: $125, Child: $120 (under 15 years)
Adult: $135, 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.
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