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This tour option explores the twin harbours of Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton and Akaroa with numerous photo opportunities of some spectacular scenery throughout including Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, the Canterbury Plains, the South Islands Southern Alps and Christchurch City from the Sign of the Takahe on the hills above the city of Christchurch.
From Lyttelton the tour travels around the inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour, Corsair Bay, Cass Bay, Rapaki and Governor’s Bay and then travels over Gebbies Pass and onto the Akaroa Highway for Akaroa, stopping on route at Birdlings Flat, (a shingle beach at the tip of Banks Peninsula, affording great views of this rugged southern coastline) and at the Hill Top. The stop at the Hill Top affords
a magnificent view of the entire Akaroa Harbour and fantastic photo opportunity.
On arrival in Akaroa join the Canterbury Cat for a two hour nature cruise on the Akaroa Harbour, a full commentary cruise of this spectacular harbor with a host of marine life. You will normally see the rear Hector’s Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and the little Blue Penguin as well as a number of native marine birds that populate this coastline. Following the cruise there will be time for lunch. (Lunch is an optional extra)
Mid-afternoon depart Akaroa and travelling through the inner harbour bays of Takamatua, Robinsons Bay, Davauchelle Bay and Barry’s Bay with a stop at the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory, with tastings of course. The return journey to Lyttelton retraces your travels through the Canterbury Plains and the southern suburbs of Christchurch City to the Sign of the Takahe, a park-like setting
on the hills above Christchurch affording wonderful views of the city of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.
Departing the Sign of the Takahe the tour travels through the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch City to the Lyttelton Harbour Tunnel, a two-kilometer road tunnel taking you through to the Port of Lyttelton severely damaged by an earthquake which effected Christchurch and its infrastruc¬ture in 2011. Much of the old port and its buildings have been demolished following the 2011 earthquake, however, the rebuild is progressing.
Tour Duration 8 hours
Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings – Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.