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Discover city of Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula on this shore excursion from Akaroa. Depart Akaroa and travel via the Akaroa Highway through the Banks Peninsula and on to Christchurch. Upon arrival, enjoy a brief stop at the Botanical Gardens before commencing on a sightseeing tour of Christchurch city which highlights various landmarks as well as the damage and rebuild efforts from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. You’ll then make a stop in the Central City, which offers you some time for lunch (own expense) and exploration. After departing the city, head to the Sign of the Takahe for some magnificent views of the city, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Finally return to Akaroa for a guided tour of the famous Giant’s House with its beautiful mosaic sculptures and pristine gardens.
10.30: Depart Akaroa for Christchurch, travelling via the Akaroa Highway with breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains.
12.00: Arrive at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens where you will have some time to explore.
12.30: Depart the Botanical Gardens for Christchurch City tour with full commentary, which highlights the damage and rebuild efforts of the 2010/2011 earthquakes as well as existing landmarks.
13.00: A stop will be made at the Cathedral Square for photos and exploration of the newly rebuilt city center. During this time, you will be able to purchase lunch and/or refreshments if required (own expense).
14.00: Depart the city and head to the Sign of the Takahe, found on the hills above the city which affords a wonderful overview of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. After which, head back to Akaroa via Governors Bay and Lyttelton Harbour where the cruise ships berthed prior to the 2011 earthquake. On route, stop at the Hill Top for a wonderful photo opportunity of Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula.
15.30: Arrive back in Akaroa for a visit and guided tour of the Giants House with its beautiful gardens and unique sculptures.
16.30: Return to your cruise ship.
Tour Duration: 6 hours
Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings – Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.