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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 26 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsBeautiful Vistas, Long Ride, great guide November 24, 2019

Reviewer: Ken
Very worthwhile. Long ride to Christchurch Good way to see countryside Also interesting to see Christchurch 10 years after the earthquake. Guide was excellent- very knowledgeable

4 StarsBeautiful Vistas, Long Ride, great guide November 24, 2019

Reviewer: Ken
Very worthwhile. Long ride to Christchurch Good way to see countryside Also interesting to see Christchurch 10 years after the earthquake. Guide was excellent- very knowledgeable

4 StarsRelaxingNovember 11, 2019

Reviewer: Lloyd T Kobayashi
Beautiful tour. Trying to find a place for lunch was a bit challenging. We eventually found a good eating palce.

5 StarsbanksOctober 31, 2019

Reviewer: GREGORY LACH
good history and lots of info on the tours, just a tad too long a day.....great sites visited

5 StarsBanks Peninsular & ChristchurchApril 20, 2019

Reviewer: John Courtney
A very good tour. Our driver was interesting and very informative.

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