With a pickup at the pier, you will venture out of Akaroa and up into the hills above the city. Your first stop will be at Robinson's Bay Lookout for incredible views of the harbor you just came into. If everyone has told you that New Zealand has the best views in the world, then this is a spot that proves it. Another stop, at the Summit Road Lookout, hits that point home one more time!
While arriving into Christchurch, the "Garden City" of New Zealand, you will see the 46 billion dollar rebuild process in full force. Everywhere you turn there are signs of Christchurch's past intertwined with its plans for the future. You will pass through old neighborhoods that are now just patches of grass and into new neighborhoods that have sprung up in relocation efforts from areas that were once deemed "unlivable." Brand new buildings, crumbled buildings, and buildings currently being reinforced can be seen scattered throughout the city center.
The Re-Start Mall and Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a couple of the local's favorites within the city. The Re-Start shopping area was a quirky morale booster constructed by using shipping containers as storefronts for cafes and retail shops. This area provided residents a spot to escape the impact of the earthquake and come together at a central spot for entertainment. People loved it so much that it continues to be one of the most trafficked areas in the city. A stroll through the Botanic Gardens will make you feel as if you are no longer in the city and realize why it's the best botanic display in the entire country. Over 100 different varieties of roses are on display and that is only a fraction of what you'll see. Soak in the smells!
A drive back to the port will provide even more views on the day best spent from Akaroa.
Departures: 09:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Lunch isn't included in the price of this tour, but a stop to grab a quick bite to eat is built into the itinerary.
- The main focus of this tour is to cover the city of Christchurch, but stops will be made along the way for photo opportunities. Christchurch is approximately 1.5 hours from Akaroa. Some of the best aspects of the tour are the spectacular scenery seen from the volcanic peninsula.