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Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate.) $897 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate.) $967 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate.) $1038 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate.) $1934 USD
Private Tour for up to 10 (Not a per person rate.) $2020 USD
Private Tour for up to 12 (Not a per person rate.) $2089 USD
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You always hope that when a city makes the news on an international scale that it is in the form of celebration or acknowledgement for the community or a resident. Unfortunately, this was not the case for Christchurch, New Zealand, when, in February of 2011, the city received national attention because of an earthquake striking near their city center. 185 lives were lost and over 10,000 buildings were left unsalvageable. This devastating natural disaster required the city and country to rally together in order to rebuild for the 580,000 residents of the greater Christchurch region. Today, the energy around the people who stuck it out continues to rise and the city continues to adjust and progress with life after such a devastating event.

After a pickup in Akaroa, you will start your journey to Christchurch. Along the way, you will witness some of the best views in all of New Zealand. We aren't kidding! Lookouts over the Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbors will end up being some of your favorite photos from the day. Especially if you are lucky enough to capture sheep in the foreground. You can try to "baaaahhhh" at them to set up the perfect shot, but we can't make any promises that they will cooperate.

Once in Christchurch, you'll explore the commercial city center and residential neighborhoods. The day is yours and the itinerary is flexible, so feel free to tell your guide about your interests.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from cruise ship pier
  • Local guide
  • Amazing views of Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbors
  • Christchurch
  • Cardboard Cathedral
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 7:30 AM (6.5 hrs)
  • 8:30 AM (6.5 hrs)
  • 9:30 AM (6.5 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Lunch is not included in the price of this tour, but time for lunch is built into the itinerary.


• The main focus of this tour is to cover the city of Christchurch, but stops will be made along the way for photo opportunities. Christchurch is approximately 1.5 hours from Akaroa. Some of the best aspects of the tour are the spectacular scenery seen from the volcanic peninsula.