75 km’s from Christchurch city you will find Akaroa, a historic French and British settlement located in the heart of an ancient volcano. The village oozes with colonial architecture, art galleries, craft stores and an array of cafés.
You can explore the dramatic and scenic bays via a number of land based sightseeing tours.
In Flea Bay you will find the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand and the waters surrounding Akaroa are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. Swimming with Dolphins is an amazing experience in Akaroa.
Sea kayaking is a popular choice for those seeking some independence and there are a number of water tours of Akaroa and the Bays area.
If you are visiting Akaroa (located near Christchurch) on a cruise ship, there are many Shore Excursions to choose from.
Discover and book activities in Akaroa . . .
4WD tour of Flea Bay:
In Flea Bay you can take 4WD trips to view the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in Akaroa / Christchurch:
Choose from a variety of Shore Excursions specifically designed and created for cruise ship passengers visiting Akaroa/ Christchurch.
Eco Harbour Adventure Cruise:
Enjoy a 2 hour water tour of Akaroa Harbour including dramatic 1000 ft cliffs, marine farms, secluded marine caves, Akaroa Marine Reserve and a diverse range of marine and bird life.
Swim with dolphins in Akaroa Harbour:
Swim with or view New Zealand Hectors Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour with an approved New Zealand Department of Conservation tour operator.
MRX sailing on Akaroa Harbour:
Enjoy sailing on a 10.2 metre (33ft) match racing yacht on Akaroa Harbour. You can even learn to sail.
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