Akaroa Cruise Ship Visits

Popular Touring Options

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Call Jeeves Tours are very experienced tour operators providing small group tours from the sea-side resort village of Akaroa over the summer cruise ship season.

The majority being small group 'Private Tours' and throughout your time ashore you will be accompanied by one of our driver/guides to ensure a memorable and worry free day.

Should it be of assistance we have available guides fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Kiwi and Aussie !!!   

Our full day tour options from Akaroa include:

1).  Volcanic Peninsula, Christchurch City and Surrounds Tour . The tour includes a scenic trip travelling over the long extinct volcanic areas of Banks Peninsula, taking in the sights of both Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours from the 475m (1500 feet) high volcano crater rim scenic road. The day also includes an extensive tour of the city including the city's exciting re-build following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The time spent within the city includes a break for lunch and and an opportunity some retail therapy. Due to our private tours being totally flexible we have the ability to include in the day, visits to the many other city attractions like the cardboard transitional cathedral and the city's parks and residential areas. At the conclusion of the Christchurch area tour we return to Akaroa travelling on different sections of roads to those travelled on route to Christchurch.On return to Akaroa there is sufficient time to stroll around the small village of Akaroa before returning to the ship.

2).  Volcanic Peninsula and Surrounding Bays Tour . This tour includes a scenic journey travelling over the long extinct volcanic areas of Banks Peninsula, taking in the sights of Akaroa Harbour and other picturesque bays from the 475m (1500 feet) high volcano crater rim scenic road. With this tour remaining within the Volcanic Peninsula region we are able to include many of the local features: A visit to a number of the smaller bays by descending from the crater rim to sea level, travelling through spectacular rural hill country farm land and various seaside communities and townships with their features that include craft shop, cafes, historic displays and a local Maori Museum.Farm visit. When requested, we include a stop on route at a Peninsula area farm where NZ sheep dogs abilities are demonstrated along with the shearing of sheep. The farm does have days when the facility is unavailable, and we would ascertain if your tour day is a working day. The visit includes morning tea and taste of some local farmhouse style cooking. As an alternative location to the sheep farm, we can recommend a visit to a working Alpaca farm where one mixes freely with both adults and baby Alpacas. Alpacas are extremely inquisitive and most friendly animal resulting in a unique experience with an added bonus being the stunning vista of the Akaroa harbour from the remote and rural the Alpaca farm location.Lunch and Wine Tasting. To that end we recommend a pleasurable stop for lunch at a restaurant away from the crowds that are ever present in Akaroa on cruise ship days, and a wine tasting at a local peninsula winery.

3). Southern Alps Mountain and inland rural Canterbury Tour .  Travel i nland up to and beyond the mountain village of Arthurs Pass. This area boasts of spectacular farmland and mountainous scenery as the tour travels over the volcanic peninsula and through many rural towns of inland Canterbury. A full day tour to experience the magnificent scenery within the area of the Arthurs Pass National Park and its high Southern Alps mountainous area that is bordered by the two mighty rivers of the Rakaia and the Waimakariri. A tour into this area encompasses many magnificent views including a locations made use of many movie studio productions. The route includes the traversing the two high mountain passes leading to the mountain village of Arthurs Pass. Near to the Arthurs Pass village is an engineering achievement of a impressive roadway viaduct that ensures travellers safe and all year round road access to the extremely scenic West Coast region of the South Island. Should the day's weather conditions be favourable, one can expect a close at hand experience with some of the New Zealand protected parrots - the "Cheeky Keas" in their natural habitat of the mountainous and forest covered environment.

4). Lord of the Rings Film Set Location at Mount Sunday . This tour is a must for Lord Of The Rings followers. It involves travelling inland into the Canterbury Plains region over some of New Zealand's high production rural farmland that is heavily utilised with dairy farming, grain and seed crop farms. From there we leave the flat plains area and travel into a spectacular and picturesque Rangitata river gorge located at the base of the Southern Alps mountain range. Mt Sunday was the location for the set for the Edoras of the Lord of The Rings. Whilst no evidence remains of the movie set that took nine months to construct, as on completion of the filming the set was required to be fully de-constructed and the land area returned to its pre-filming state. Our visits in to the area provides New Zealand visitors (Lord of The Rings fans) an opportunity to see the area close up and to see why Peter Jackson decided the area so ideally portrayed Tolkiens Edoras.

All tours return to Akaroa ahead of time for the boarding of the tenders back to the cruise ship.   

Our departure and return times using our small luxury mini-coach tour vehicles enable a no-rush experience, ensuring the most efficient use of your valuable time ashore by eliminating yhe lost time and frustrations associated with large passenger coach travel.  

A group may book an exclusive 'Private Tour' - generally the most preferred option.

Alternatively, we may be able to include you on a 'Non-private Shared Group' tour with other passengers.

Cost and Availability: Please email your tour preference(s), along with the number of persons touring to enable us to advise you of the Akaroa port procedures and cost.

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