Banks Peninsula & Christchurch
Sale Price: $95.00
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.
Reviewer: Susan Moore
We had a sunny warm day from Akaroa to Christchurch. Our driver/guide gave excellent commentary about the points of interest along the way. Christchurch was a city in transition but the effort to rebuild the city was really inspiring. Wish we had longer time in the city but the cruise ship scheduled limited that. Akaroa was a delightful town and the citizens very welcoming. All instructions were excellent for meeting the coach.
Reviewer: Jim Bryan
It was a fantastic tour. We loved every minute of it. We were picked up promptly and returned on time. Our tour guide Scotty was one of the best tour guides we have ever had, he was so knowledgeable, personable and professional.
Reviewer: Ming-yuan Kao
Very slow transfer from cruise ship via tender to shore. But the peninsula and Christchurch were very pretty and the guide was fairly good.
Reviewer: David S Chinoraks
This was the best tour. The tour guide (Scotty) is very knowledgeable - explained things real well. Nice bus. This is the most enjoyable tour.
Reviewer: Christine Knaus
Tour guy was funny. Nice sights. good itinerary