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Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Price: $129.00
This tour operates from October to April.
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On this excursion you will discover Banks Peninsula and the city of Christchurch, as well as the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

You will first 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 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.

The tour then continues on to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, home to 50 types of animals. The highlight of course is catching a glimpse of New Zealand's kiwi bird, a mixed-up creature with tiny wings, a long bill, cat-like whiskers, and hair-like features. Youll hear about the special kiwi breeding program at Willowbank and might spot several varieties of these unusual birds, including North Island brown and South Island spotted kiwis. Other species found at Willowbank include deer, wallabies, otters, gibbons, and lemurs. There is also a range of birds from chickens to native Keas and Takahe, Tuatara's, and Kunekune Pigs --kune means fat, so you will meet some fat fat pigs!

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Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
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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.
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 4 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsBanks Peninsula, Christchurch and WillowbankJanuary 24, 2018

Reviewer: James Donnelly
The tour of Banks Peninsula and Christchurch were excellent. Willowbank was just OK. We should have gone to the Antarctic enter instead. The driver was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly and safe driver.

5 StarsGreat excursion with great times viewing Kiwi birdMarch 26, 2016

Reviewer: Joni
Great excursion that took us to sad Christchurch and then to the great wildlife center. Loved seeing the Kiwi's!

4 StarsChrist Church was interesting to see, beautiful hiNovember 05, 2015

Reviewer: JudyC
The drive on the Akarol Highway was beautiful, but there wasn't too much to see except the scenery. We enjoyed seeing Christ Church, how they are rebuilding a city.

5 StarsA full and fun dayDecember 30, 2014

Reviewer: Ck
A nice variety of activities that gave us a great experience. Saw beautiful countryside, a tour of Christchurch noting the devastingmaffects of the earth quake and building projects, private tour at Willowbankmwhere we saw kiwi birds in their special habitat area. Well worth the price of the tour. Excellent guides and well organized.

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