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Whilst your cruise ship is berthed in Akaroa, this local three hour tour allows you to discover the beauty and history of Akaroa Harbour, the Akaroa Township and this portion of the Banks Peninsula. On departing Akaroa Wharf, the tour will initially take you through the township of Akaroa before travelling by road through the inner bays of the harbour. A stop will be made at the Cheese Factory in Barry’ Bay, where local cheese can be sampled, before climbing the road to the Hilltop, where a stop will be made before carrying on to Summit Road. In both locations, you will have some truly magnificent views of the entire Akaroa Harbour and the Banks Peninsula. On returning into Akaroa, your coach will stop at the Giant’s House, with its beautiful gardens and sculptures, where a guided tour has been arranged for your enjoyment, before finally concluding back at the Akaroa Wharf.
11.00: Tour departs Akaroa wharf for a very informative, entertaining and scenically stunning tour of the Akaroa township, the inner bays of Akaroa Harbour, and this portion of Banks Peninsula.
11.30: Arrive at the Cheese Factory in Barry’s Bay, the only commercially operating cheese factory in the region. Here you will learn how the local cheese is produced with samplings and tastings included.
12.00: Arrive at the Hilltop: an historic hotel and the original stagecoach stop and horse exchange for early settlers. The Hilltop offers magnificent views of Akaroa Harbour, with its many bays and long coastline. The tour then continues along the scenically stunning Summit Road which will afford you spectacular photo opportunities of the entire harbour including the Northern Bays of Banks Peninsula. On a clear day looking north, you will also see both the Southern Alps and the Kaikoura Mountains.
13.00: Arriving back in Akaroa a stop has been arranged at the Giant’s House with its beautifully landscaped garden and original artwork and sculptures. The residential artist, Josie Martin, has created this fantasy world of sculptured mosaics throughout the property and it’s truly an incredible sight to see. A guided tour of the house and gardens has been arranged.
14.00: Return to the Akaroa Wharf and reunite with your cruise ship. Alternatively, you can opt to return to the wharf by foot and use this time to explore the town before your ships departure.
Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings – Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.