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Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, and Antarctic Center

Price: $139.00
This tour operates from October to April.
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Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, and Antarctic Center

On this excursion you will discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch, as well as the International Antarctic Center.

You will first depart Akaroa and embark on a scenic drive that provides stunning views of the peninsula, an ancient volcano that now forms the peninsula, and its crater that now forms the harbor. Travel via the Akaroa Highway past Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, a natural haven for birds and other wildlife.

Upon arrival to Christchurch and following a stop at the botanical gardens, enjoy a sightseeing tour that showcases the city landmarks: the Bridge of Remembrance, the Canterbury Museum, as well as the Art Gallery and the Art Center. Other sights include the badly earthquake damaged Christchurch Cathedral, and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The city center is currently under construction with both demolition and rebuilding underway. Due to road closures and new areas re-opening, road access can change on a daily basis.

The tour then continues on to the International Antarctic Center. The center recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica with the amazing Snow and Ice Experience, featuring the world's first indoor storm complete with lightning, arctic winds and blizzard audio. Learn about life in the most inhospitable continent on earth. Find out about the explorers who conquered the harsh terrain to reach its center, the South Pole.

You will also have an opportunity to meet the Antarctic wildlife at the Blue Penguin Encounter, before buckling up for an exhilarating Hagglund ride. Traveling over a crevasse and through water, the all-terrain amphibious adventure simulates the traveling conditions scientists experience riding across the Antarctic ice pack.

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Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Tender Pier Area. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing, with layers that may be removed, walking shoes, and sunglasses.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, some of which are at an incline. Most sites are accessible for collapsible wheelchairs.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 17 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsBanks Peninsula and Antarctic CentreJanuary 15, 2020

Reviewer: Diane Healy
Trip from Akaroa into Christchurch was lengthy but very worthwhile to see the rebuilding from the earthquake. Highlight was the exciting experiences offered at the Antarctic Centre

5 StarsCristchurchJanuary 12, 2020

Reviewer: ben
good excursion very good presenter

4 StarsBanks Peninsula, Christchurch & Antarctic CenterMarch 23, 2019

Reviewer: Jan Bloomfield
While the drive from the port in Akaroa to Christchurch is quite long, our guide/driver Scotty kept us entertained with a steady and entertaining flow of information about the history, topography, earthquake, etc, of the area. Seeing the reconstruction work being done in the city was very impressive, as was hearing about the huge impact it had. We had a different driver for the second part of the tour that included a city tour and visit to the Antarctic Centre. He added some additional info about the city history. The Antarctic Center was interesting, and the highlights were the 4D video & Hagglund ride. There was not really enough time to see all the Center had to offer since we had to wait to enter the display area until about 10 minutes prior to the video and then had to stand in line to make sure we got seats in the theatre. That made the rest of our visit rather rushed. Still, it is worth the visit.

3 StarsIt was just OKMarch 13, 2019

Reviewer: Ryan Phelps
Antarctic Center was a little disappointing. The Haglund ride was lame, and we were packed in the back like sardines. I really enjoyed going into Christchurch and our tour host was very informative.

5 StarsBanks Peninsula, Christchurch and Antarctic CenterFebruary 22, 2019

Reviewer: Susan Abrams
Enjoyed seeing the New Zealand countryside on the ride to Christchurch. It was interesting to see the effects the 2011 earthquake had on the town. The International Antarctic Center was very informative and interesting to see. Don’t miss it.

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