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Things to Do in Akaroa

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Akaroa and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Akaroa activities? We have 12 tour ideas.


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Bus Services

Akaroa Return Shuttle from Christchurch

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 37.05


Direct shuttle between Christchurch and Akaroa. First shuttle out of Christchurch each day. Coincides with Akaroa activities such as Harbor Cruises and Swimming with the Dolphins.<br /><br />Includes informative commentary and a stop at the Hill Top for scenic photos.

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Day Trips

Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula Eco Marine Harbour Cruise Small Group Tour

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 285.28


Discover the historic town of Akaroa and the magnificent natural beauty of the Banks Peninsula on this small group tour from Christchurch. Be amazed by the spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and the Canterbury Plains on the high scenic drive from Christchurch, visit a cheese factory to... Read More

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 58.54


Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife including dolphins, penguins and marine bird life on this Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise.

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Full-day Tours

Akaroa Day Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 159.31


Enjoy a Sightseeing tour to Akaroa through the spectacular scenery surrounding Banks Peninsula, formed following violent eruptions of two ancient volcanoes.&nbsp; The Akaroa crater nurses the picturesque harbor and Akaroa village. Experience a Nature Cruise with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. And you'll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Sunrise Kayaking Safari with Sea Wildlife in Akaroa

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 96.33


The Sunrise Wildlife Safari is our recommended Safari of the day! This is a once in a lifetime chance to paddle in an extinct volcano basin. Take in breath-taking scenery and experience close encounters with some of the most endangered marine life on the planet including Hector Dolphins, penguins,... Read More

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 58.54


After your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a nature cruise across the harbor to spot dolphins and admire New Zealand's stunning scenery. Look out for New Zealand's friendly Hector's dolphins, the world's rarest and smallest dolphins, and bring your camera along on your shore excursion to... Read More

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 65.95


When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, take a shore excursion to swim with the world's smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins — Hector's dolphins. Akaroa's beautiful sheltered harbor is the only place on the planet where you can swim with wild Hector's dolphins, also known as the New... Read More

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Shore Excursion: Scenic Cruiser Sea Kayaking Safaris in Akaroa

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 96.33


The Sunrise Wildlife Safari is a great way to spend your time ashore! This is a once in a lifetime chance to paddle in an extinct volcano basin. Take in breath-taking scenery and experience potential  close encounters with some of the most endangered marine life on the planet including Hector... Read More

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Small-Group Wildlife and Sea-Kayaking Safari in Akaroa

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 96.33


While you're in port in Akaroa, explore the region's volcanic basin waters on this 3-hour small-group wildlife and sea-kayaking safari. Paddle along the coastline by kayak with a guide, and keep watch over the waves and skies for sightings of native New Zealand animal and bird life. Pause for a... Read More

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 19.99


Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.Nestled on the East Coast of the South Island, the quiet seaside town of Akaroa is best known for its volcanic hills and the dolphins that are found in the bay. On this self-guided audio tour, you will enjoy the tranquil setting and the stunning natural views along the harbour. You will also see the old... Read More

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Swim with Dolphins

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 65.95


Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with wild Hector's dolphins, also known as the New Zealand Dolphin, and that is the beautiful sheltered Akaroa Harbour.

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Swim with Dolphins

Akaroa Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 203.77


Explore the coastal town of Akaroa and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with dolphins on this full day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the breathtaking New Zealand countryside to Akaroa and admire sights of interest such as Governor's Bay and Lake Ellesmere on route. Cruise into the harbour with your guide and watch the waves for marine life. Strap on your snorkel and flippers and swim with elegant... Read More

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