Akaroa – Christchurch City Sights with Willowbank LT66ACS

$140.00

A shore excursion that combines a tour of the Banks Peninsula and Christchurch city with admission and guided tour of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve where you'll be able to view rare and endangered New Zealand animals such as the iconic Kiwi, as well as our unique flora, wildlife and culture.

A shore excursion that combines a tour of the Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch with guided tour of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. This tour departs from the port of Akaroa and travels via the Akaroa Highway with breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains.

On arriving in Christchurch and following a stop at the botanical gardens, join us on a brief sightseeing tour highlighting the city landmarks and the city centre which was badly damaged due to two earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.

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’. Your guide will show you some of the species that make up our totally unique native wildlife, our flora, and our culture. You will also see some of our most endangered species, including the iconic kiwi, and learn about the work being done to preserve them.

  • 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 a Christchurch City tour highlighting city landmarks and the rebuild of city centre after the 2011 Earthquake.
  • 13.15: Arrive at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (Entrance to the park and a Guided Kiwi Tour included)
  • 15.00: Depart from Christchurch for Akaroa.
  • 16.30: Arrive at Akaroa to reboard your ship.

This tour from Akaroa to Christchurch is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers.

Our coaches depart Akaroa at 10.30am and departs Christchurch at 3.00pm returning to Akaroa by 4.30pm. This will ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 1030
Maximum number of people : 45
Venue Facilities : Air Conditioned Coach, Cruise Ship Schedule, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, Canterbury Museum, Botanical Gardens, Central City Earthquake Damage, Willowbank Wild Life Reserve
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

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Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • The tour was well planned. Pick up in the morning and return to the ship was perfect. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area and of Christchurch in particular. She took us to all the important areas and provided good photo opportunities. The only drawback is that Christchurch is a fair distance away and a long drive. The upside is that we got to see a lot of the countryside with on the spot information and anecdotes. The visit to the wildlife reserve was excellent and gave us an opportunity for a decent lunch. Highly recommended. Thank you
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  • Willowbank was pretty awesome. The city of Christchurch is still trying to recover from a 2011 earthquake. Tour was excellent.
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  • Our driver made the day with his enthusiasm and personal knowledge of the area. Enjoyed seeing Christ Church with him. His explanations and tour areas were very good. The guide in the Reserve was also very good. You could tell he loved his work and loved showing the animals in the Reserve. He even called them by name
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  • "Awesome Experience"
    Had a great day, the scenery to and from Akaroa was stunning and the guided tour of Willowbank was one of the highlights of our entire cruise. This tour really is a must do!
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