Akaroa, Banks Peninsula with Giant's House

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula with Giant's House
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the enchanting township of Akaroa, the inner bays, and part of Banks Peninsula in a captivating and scenic tour.
  • Visit Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, the region's only operational cheese factory, for a mouth-watering cheese tasting session.
  • Take in the breathtaking views of Northern Bays and Alpine vistas from the historic Hill Top hotel, the original stagecoach stop.
  • Explore the magical world of the Giant's House, with a guided tour of artist Josie Martin's mosaic sculptures and landscaped gardens.
  • Conclude your tour back at Akaroa Wharf with free time to soak in the local atmosphere. Book now!
Price: $86.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Active, Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Cheese Tasting
Recommended Dress We recommend guests wear comfortable weather-appropriate clothing, with layers that may be removed, and comfortable, flat-soled walking shoes. We also suggest a hat and sunglasses.
Restrictions Guests must have mobility in order to be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair, however, guests should have someone with them to assist.

On departing Akaroa Wharf the tour will initially take in the township of Akaroa before travelling by road through the inner bays of the harbor. You will be provided a very informative, entertaining and scenically stunning tour of the township, the inner bays and a portion of Banks Peninsula.

Next up, a stop will be made at the Cheese Factory in Barry's Bay, the only commercially operating cheese factory in the region. You will be educated on how this local cheese is produced and then take time for some tastings.

Continue your journey by climbing the road to the Hill Top, an historic hotel and the original stagecoach stop and horse exchange. With sweepingly magnificent views of the harbor, the tour then continues along the scenically stunning Summit Road which will afford you spectacular photo opportunities of the Northern Bays of Banks Peninsula and on a clear day looking north you will see both the Southern Alps and the Kaikoura Mountains.

On returning to Akaroa the tour will stop at the Giant's House where a guided tour has been arranged for your enjoyment. The Giant's House with a beautifully landscaped garden is where the artist Josie Martin is in residence. A guided tour of the home and gardens awaits as you explore this created fantasy world of sculptured mosaics.

The tour then concludes back at the Akaroa Wharf area where you will have free time on your own.