Banks Peninsula & Christchurch

special offer banner Banks Peninsula and Christchurch Tour (Bridge of Remembrance, the Canterbury Museum)
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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 ? Cruise Ship Tender Pier
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.

Banks Peninsula & Christchurch

This wonderful Banks Peninsula and Christchurch shore excursion 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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4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  35 ReviewsReview This Tour
Banks Peninsula & Christchurch
April 11, 2020
Scotty - a very entertaining guide with heaps of knowledge. Very informative tour from start to finish. Wonderful experience.
Reviewer: Ron Watkins
5 Stars
Coach Tour from Arkaroa
March 21, 2020
Outstanding...!! Guide/Driver was MOST knowledgeable and helpful with questions. Thoroughly recommend.
Reviewer: Peter Bennetts
5 Stars
Beuatiful Sights
March 17, 2020
We were very pleased with this tour, lots to see and we saw lots. Stops were interesting as well as the guide doing a great job.
Reviewer: David Brindle
5 Stars
Lots of information
February 25, 2020
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
Reviewer: Christine
4 Stars
Banks Peninsula @ Christchurch
February 19, 2020
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.
Reviewer: Nina Denson
5 Stars
February 16, 2020
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!
Reviewer: Anni McClung
5 Stars