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This shore excursion departs Akaroa and travels via the Akaroa Highway with breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains. On arriving in Christchurch and following a stop at the botanical gardens, join us on a brief sightseeing tour showing city landmarks of the earthquake-damaged city centre. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.
The tour then moves on to The International Antarctic Centre. Learn about Antarctica’s rich history and unique relationship with Christchurch. Get a true feeling for the atmosphere of Antarctica with a snow and ice experience with Antarctic Storm, the blue penguin encounter, 4D movie and an exhilarating Hagglund ride.
The Penguins held here are birds that have been rescued and cared for, some since they were chicks. Due to physical disabilities that have left them defenceless, many of them would not have survived on their own back in the wild.
This tour from Akaroa to Christchurch is specifically designed for cruise ship passengers.
Our coaches depart Akaroa at 10.30am and departs Christchurch at 3.00pm returning to Akaroa by 4.30pm. This will ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure.
Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings – Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.