Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
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Pass By: Akaroa Village Inn, 81 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
First you will be collected at the park at the end of Akaroa Wharf (opposite the Akaroa Village Inn) at 10.30am and driven through the village of Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula with stunning views of rolling hills, lakes and coastlines before arriving in Christchurch.
Stop At: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch New Zealand
After boarding our coaches from the Akaroa Port, we'll take you through to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens & Christchurch Museum via the scenic Banks Peninsula. Explore on your own for 30 minutes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand
Depart the Botanical Gardens for a brief Christchurch City tour highlighting city landmarks and the rebuild of city centre after the 2011 Earthquake.
Stop At: Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch 8051 New Zealand
The tour then moves on to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. You will be given entry to the Wildlife Reserve and a guided tour of the reserves ‘Natural New Zealand’ with Kiwi viewing.
Duration: 2 hours
Pass By: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810 New Zealand
Travel back to Akaroa via the Banks Peninsula to board your cruise ship.
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
- Entry/Admission - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Please note that activity times and schedules can be slightly amended depending on your cruise ships timetable.
- Most travelers can participate
Beautiful trip from ship port Akaroa to Christchurch But consumes a lot of the time of the tour. The Willowbank zoo was excellent and the guide, Matt, was phenomenally informative about NZ wildlife. But just too short a time for other features, the museum and garden.
Christchurch was some what disappointing because on the ongoing earthquake repairs. Willow bank was informative and fun. Actually saw a Kiwi bird eating in the dark.
We enjoyed our trek to Christchurch, it was a bit of a drive but our driver kept talking about the area and entertaining us the whole way. Willow bank would have been interesting but our tour guide there did our hour long tour in about 20 minutes....The countryside was beautiful, and it was interesting to see how Christchurch has recouperated after the earthquake, it seems to be a vibrant city....would have liked a little more time there. Akaroa was stunning in the sunshine.
It was fantastic. The only draw back was that the Kiwi Bird could not really be seen in the total darkness, even under flushlight from the guide.
willowbank wildlife reserve amazing..you get to see the kiwi in a nocturnal setting. first hand look at the rebuilding process in Christchurch atfer the earthquake
This tour was a mixed bag. The countryside on the drive from Akaroa to and from Christchurch was beautiful. Seeing the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake was both sad and fascinating and at Willowbank we actually got to see a live Kiwi. Unfortunately, the tour operator left a lot to be desired. When we started out, our driver/tour guide did not know what the tour was supposed to include. We had to educate him by reading him a printout of the tour. Then our bus broke down on the return trip to Akaroa. The driver ultimately got the bus going again but we weren't sure that we'd get back before the ship sailed without us. We were all very nervous about missing our ship for half of the return trip and only got back to the ship 1 minute before the all aboard deadline.
Definitely saw some beautiful country from Akaroa to Christchurch. Very rushed day but got to see a taste. Very dissappointed in not really seeing a Kiwi in the wildlife reserve as they do hide but we were guaranteed to see one but only saw a fury ball way up in the corner. Did enjoy the personal tour around the wildlife reserve.