Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, and Willowbank Wildlife Reverse Tour
Excursion Highlights:
  • Embark on a breathtaking scenic drive through Banks Peninsula and marvel at the stunning views of the ancient volcano and its crater harbor
  • Explore Christchurch, the city of landmarks, including the Bridge of Remembrance, Canterbury Museum, and the Art Center
  • Don't miss the chance to visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, home to 50 different species, including the fascinating kiwi bird, deer, wallabies, otters, and gibbons
  • Learn about the kiwi breeding program at Willowbank, and look out for unique species like North Island Brown and South Island spotted kiwis
  • Book now to secure your spot on this unforgettable shore excursion with guaranteed best prices, smaller groups, and complete satisfaction
Price: $166.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
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, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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. You'll hear about the special kiwi breeding program at Willowbank and you 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, tuataras, and kunekune pigs --kune means fat, so you will meet some fat fat pigs!

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