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: Christine Knaus
Tour guy was funny. Nice sights. good itinerary
Reviewer: Margith K. Hansen
Very informative, excellent guide, loved Christchurch just wish the weather had been slightly better, don’t think your firm could be held responsible for that- -
Reviewer: yacob naor
Reviewer: Gerard Hughes
This was a beautiful drive throughout the country side on a comfortable bus. We had a few very short stops in Christchurch but seemed sufficient. I would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: T Choate
Great excursion. It was easy to contact the SEG guide at the beginning of the excursion,