Akaroa Harbour Cruise to see Hector’s Dolphins - Small Group Tour

From NZD $555.00
  • Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Product code: AK01

TAkaroa: An Intimate Encounter with Dolphins and History

Embark on an exclusive small-group day tour to Akaroa, a charming French settlement nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Banks Peninsula. With a maximum of 8 guests, this intimate experience allows for personalised attention and a deeper connection with the region's natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise: A Symphony of Marine Life

Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Christchurch, traversing the picturesque high summit route, offering panoramic views of rolling farmlands, the vast Canterbury Plains, and secluded coastal bays that punctuate the coastline. Upon arrival in Akaroa, prepare to be enchanted as you embark on a two-hour nature cruise from the main wharf. This is your chance to witness the magic of the Hector's dolphin, the world's smallest and rarest dolphin species, as they playfully frolic in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for adorable little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals basking on rocky shores, and a variety of local birdlife soaring above the waves. Your knowledgeable skipper will share fascinating insights into the region's rich history and geology, pointing out the volcanic cliffs that guard the harbour entrance.

Explore Akaroa's French Heritage:

After your invigorating cruise, step back in time as you explore the quaint streets of Akaroa, a 175-year-old village steeped in French heritage. Discover the local museum, where the stories of early settlers come to life, and browse through charming art and craft shops, where you can find unique treasures.

Delight in Culinary Delights and Scenic Stops:

Indulge in a delectable lunch at an award-winning café, savouring the flavours of the region. As you continue your journey, you'll have the opportunity to visit Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, where you can sample artisanal cheeses, the Little River Art Gallery, showcasing local artistic talent, and Birdling's Flat, a picturesque coastal area (time/weather permitting).

This exclusive Akaroa adventure is a harmonious blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and scenic beauty. Whether you're captivated by the playful dolphins, intrigued by the French history, or simply seeking breathtaking landscapes, this small-group tour promises an unforgettable and personalised experience.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by luxury vehicle
  • Maximum of 8 guests per trip.
  • Crater rim scenic drive with spectacular views (weather permitting)
  • Nature Cruise on Akaroa harbour.
  • Cafe lunch in Akaroa
  • Courtesy city hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic (weather permitting)
  • Fully escorted with informative commentary.

Departure time: 8.00 am.

Return approx. 5.00 pm.