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Banks Peninsula & Christchurch

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This tour operates from October to April.
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Banks Peninsula & Christchurch

On this excursion you will discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch. The tour begins as you 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 both highlights the damage and recovery after the earthquakes that rocked the city between 2010 and 2012 and 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.

After leaving the inner city the tour travels to the beach suburb of Sumner, where there will be a brief stop and an opportunity to buy lunch (at your own expense) at one of the local cafes or bakeries. The tour then continues to the port of Lyttleton (where ships berthed before the earthquakes), before driving up to the Sign of the Takahe on the Port Hills --named after a flightless native New Zealand bird, and then a roadhouse built in the 1920's for those weary travelers walking from Lyttleton over the Port Hills to Christchurch. From this view point you will have spectacular views over the city of Christchurch, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.

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Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
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.
Restrictions
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 32 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsLots of informationFebruary 25, 2020

Reviewer: Christine
Our guide certainly knew his subject!! To see the ruins of Christchurch and how they are slowly rebuilding was inspirational. We were always updated on times etc and given enough time for lunch etc

5 StarsBanks Peninsula @ ChristchurchFebruary 19, 2020

Reviewer: Nina Denson
This was a wonderful tour. We got off the ship and were able to see the back country and lots of information about Duniden, the back country, the earthquake in Christchuch and New Zealand in general. Very informative.

5 StarsGorgeous!February 16, 2020

Reviewer: Anni McClung
This was my favorite of all the tours we took! The ride to Christchurch was beautiful, our driver was great, and I would have loved to have spent more time in Christchurch. Loved it!

5 StarsGood driver and guide January 14, 2020

Reviewer: BJS
Good driver and guide

5 StarsLovely scenic tour of ChristchurchJanuary 10, 2020

Reviewer: Sharon Walsh
Well organized tour. Ours was scheduled for 10.30 & we left early as we had a full bus. Very scenic countryside & it was interesting to see areas of Christchurch still damaged from earthquake in 2014 & areas that have since been rebuilt.

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