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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour

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    Stop At: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch New Zealand

    Once known at ‘the most English city outside of England’, Christchurch is now a city on the move…sometimes quite literally! This small group tour will showcase the best highlights of this unique city from the comfort of your modern, air conditioned vehicle. Explore the city centre – where the majority of the Canterbury rebuild is taking place. See new buildings spring up, as well as the fascinating renovations on some of the city’s heritage buildings. You will have approximately 2 hours to enjoy the interesting sights at your leisure.
    • Upgrade (all at extra cost) and ride the Christchurch Tram, go for a punt on the river, or take a Botanic Gardens tour.

    Photograph the remains of the city’s 2 destroyed cathedrals, and see the temporary cardboard cathedral put up in their place.

    Stop At: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Christchurch 75810 New Zealand

    Join our bona-fide local guide for a day exploring Christchurch and Banks Peninsula – and see how New Zealand’s 2nd largest city is rebounding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11. This is an intriguing tour you won't want to miss.

    Stop At: Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, Christchurch New Zealand

    The Cardboard Cathedral, formally called the Transitional Cathedral, in Christchurch, New Zealand, is the transitional pro-cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, replacing ChristChurch Cathedral, which was significantly damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake

    Stop At: Avon River, Christchurch New Zealand

    The Avon River / Ōtākaro flows through the centre of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and out to an estuary, which it shares with the Heathcote River, the Avon

    Stop At: Port Hills, 575 Summit Road, Christchurch 8081 New Zealand

    Admire the panoramic and breathtaking views of Christchurch and Canterbury from atop the Port Hills.

    Pass By: Lake Ellesmere, Christchurch Akaroa Main Road Waihora, Christchurch 2004 New Zealand

    Enjoy the scenery of Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, as well as the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on the 90 minute drive to the city.

    Stop At: Shore Trips and Tours NZ, Akaroa Pier Beach Street, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

    Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car.

    Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).

    Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    73 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Experienced, local driver/guide
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Shore Trips and Tours NZ
    • Lunch is not included but we do allow time for you to enjoy lunch in the city
    • The cost of any additional options
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • The tour start time is set at 10:00am but on some days there may be delays in the tender transfers to shore, so please ensure you catch an early tender so the tour can start on time as the transfer from ship to shore can take 30 minutes. If you arrive early you can browse the local shops in Akaroa
    • If the ship's time in port does not match the tour start and end times then the tour will be adjusted to suit
    • Due to the variation in the ships' departure times, the tour may need to depart Christchurch sooner than usual
    • This tour is unsuitable for wheelchairs or scooters. A folding walker can possibly be accommodated but you must advise us of this at the time of booking.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Popular mentions
    We took this tour as an independently booked tour during a cruise. Booked with Shore Trips & Tours. We were picked up at the pier at Akaroa by Graham for our tour to Christchurch. There were 8 of us on the tour, and fitted comfortably in the 12 seater bus. Graham took us on a
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    Response from KimScanlen, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour
    Responded 8 Jun. 2019
    Hello Dave, thank you very much for your wonderful and comprehensive review. We are rapt you had a fabulous time with Graham in Akaroa. Kind regards Kim
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    Wonderful tour, great driver with commentary, he was well spoken and understandable, friendly, professional. Clean, well kept modern vehicle. Beautiful area. Voucher Ref:V41878.
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    Response from KimScanlen, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour
    Responded 22 May 2019
    Hello Jane, thank you for your review and taking the time to share with others your experience of our tour. We are rapt you had a wonderful tour in a stunning part of New Zealand. Kind regards Kim
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    I booked this tour online prior to leaving on our NZ cruise. The tour was cheaper and smaller in numbers than the cruise ship offerring and I think we got a much more personalised service. We met Graham our driver at the end of the jetty in Akaroa after tendering ashore. We made
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    Response from KimScanlen, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour
    Responded 3 Mar. 2019
    Hello AussieTravelholic, thank you for your comprehensive review of your day. It would be nice if the drive wasn't as long from Akaroa to Christchurch to allow more time in this picturesque city however at least the scenery is stunning as you climb over the crater rim in and out of Akaroa and you also get to see a slice of rural New Zealand that you wouldn't have seen by staying in the port. So thank you for taking the time to share with others your experience of the tour and your day. We do appreciate it. Kind regards Kim
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    Our driver and guide Graham took us on this 80+ km scenic drive over mountains from Akaroa to Christchurch. It was sad to see the earthquake damage in Christchurch. The guide dropped us out for lunch and gave us a couple of hours to explore the downtown area on foot or tram.
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    We were very happy after using Shore Trips and Tours in 3 ports on our recent cruise to NZ. In Dunedin for the hop-on hop-off bus and Cadbury World. A fantastic trip in Akoroa where we visited Christchurch on our way to Willowbank Wildlife Centre where we actually saw kiwis. And
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    Response from KimScanlen, Manager at Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour
    Responded 8 Jul. 2018
    Hi Sue, thank you very much for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed all your shore excursions. Our aim is to provide good value, small group tours with local guides to give all our guests the best experience possible in what is often a once in a lifetime visit to New Zealand. We are happy you were happy and appreciate you've taken the time to share this with others. Kind regards Kim
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