Akaroa – Christchurch Tour including Jet Boating LT68CS


A shore excursion that combines a brief city highlights tour of Central Christchurch with a 30 minute jet boat ride on the snowfed Waimakariri River in the shallow river flats. Experience the thrills of speeding and spinning in waters that is sometimes only centimetres deep.

This tour combines a brief city highlights tour of Central Christchurch with an exhilarating Jet boat ride, “The Braided Blast”, on the snow-fed Waimakariri River in the shallow river flats.

From Akaroa, drive through the picturesque Banks Peninsula to Christchurch. Following a stop at the botanical gardens, your driver will take you on a brief sightseeing tour highlighting the city landmarks and the city centre which was badly damaged by two earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.

Following your city highlights tour, head north to the Waimakariri River. On your 30 minute jet boat ride, your driver will speed and spin in waters that is sometimes only centimetres deep. Experience the thrills of jet boating through shallow, shifting, and ever changing courses of shingle bottom streams.

  • 10.30: Depart Akaroa for Christchurch, travelling via the Akaroa Highway with breathtaking scenery of Akaroa Harbour, Little River, Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains.
  • 12.00: Arrive at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens where you will have some time to explore.
  • 12.30: Depart the Botanical Gardens for a Christchurch City tour highlighting city landmarks and the rebuild of city centre after the 2011 Earthquake.
  • 13.15: Enjoy Jet Boating on the Lower Waimak
  • 15.00: Depart from Christchurch for Akaroa.
  • 16.30: Arrive at Akaroa to reboard your ship.

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.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 10.30
Maximum number of people : 36
Venue Facilities : Air conditioned coach, fully guided tour, jet boating
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • We had a great time on this excursion, we were welcomed with such friendliness and everyone was so helpfull, we travelled on the coach to the Gardens and as we were the only 2 doing the Jet Boat, we was surprised that it was not cancelled, in fact when we got to Christchurch we were privately taken round the sights and taken to the Waimak River where we had a fantastic time, I would recommend this to anyone
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  • Small group was good. Interesting commentary. Brilliant boat ride, pro driver as well as very personable and helpful.
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  • This tour was amazing. The guide, Kevin of Leisure Tours did an excellent job. He was extremely informed, a great "people person" who was dedicated to making our day memorable. He had a great personality and made sure that everybody was accommodated in a very organized way. I would highly recommend him and if I am ever in that area again would definitely choose him as a guide.
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  • By far one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was perfect. Christchurch was a highlight but the jet boat ride was awesome and a must do. A very very special mention to Kevin our guide. He definitely made,our day extra special. Thanks.
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  • I was part of a group of 6 who went on this tour and it was fantastic. The tour company were extremely efficient from the moment we stepped off the cruise, to making sure we were back on board in time. The drive from Akaroa to Christchurch was spectacular. One of the most picturesque drives I've seen. We arrived in Christchurch and had a little stop in town for refreshments. We continued with our guide who took us on a short tour around Christchurch. Our guides local knowledge was commendable, humorous and very interesting. We were then dropped off for our jet boating adventure on Waimak River. We jet boated over the crystal clear waters weaving in and out of some pretty hairy obstacles. I was amazed to see such control over such a speedy vessel. Our jet boating guide was very friendly and truly gave us a ride of our lives. After clutching the front of our seats for over 30 minutes we were then transported back to Akaroa, through the windy hills of Banks Peninsula with enough time to enjoy the local shops/market, test the pleasant sea water and enjoy a famous New Zealand ice cream. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Akaroa or anyone participating in a shore excursion. It was fantastic as we had time to take in the beauty of Akoroa village, experience the amazing Banks Peninsula, see the city of Christchurch and participate in high speed jetboating on the Waimak River all in one day. Definitely a memorable and worthwhile experience.
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  • "What an Experience"
    This was by far the best thing I did on my cruise. Booked in advance online and saved a fortune compared to what the cruise ship were attempting to charge for their jet boating option, plus we got to see Christchurch and Banks Peninsula which was a real bonus. The jet boating was amazing, the jet boat driver, Paul, was very skilled. This was something I have always wanted to do and it was just the best. Definitely wasn't left disappointed!
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