Reviewer: Philip McCutchen
Due to the recent earthquakes, cruise ships cannot dock in Christchurch. As a result, shore excursions from ships anchored in Akaroa have to take a near 1-1/2 hour trip on a narrow, twisty two-lane road from Akaroa to Christchurch. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the countryside is quite pretty. However, it also means you spend half the day traveling to/from your destinations. The bus itself was fine and our driver shared with us his experiences and stories of the area along the way. Christchurch is still struggling to recover from the earthquakes, and this makes going through town something of a challenge. We could have skipped this portion of the trip and not really missed it. The best part of the trip was the Antarctic Center. Frankly, we felt quite rushed here, the center is very interesting and we could have easily spent several more hours learning about the centers' mission and purpose through the various exhibits.
Reviewer: Louis Suarez
The problem with this tour was not with the tour operator, it was with the ship. The ship did not handled the tending well at all and many passengers were arriving late. The tour operator handled the tour in a professional manner. They were able to take separate trips and make sure all attended this tour. The tour was amazing, the antarctic experience was awesome and we would recommend this tour and the views of Christchurch and all its devastation to view.
Reviewer: Carlene Dunn
Very well organized tour. We enjoyed our guide(s) and learning about the area.
The ride from the ship to the Antarctic Center was long but ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. The center is a fun and educational place. The ride on the 9 track vehicles was exciting and the cold room gave you a taste of what it's like to be in the Antarctic. The exhibits are fascinating and the penguin talk was great. Put this on your list of not-to-miss place.
Reviewer: Ten thousand questions Deb
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