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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim) provided by Canterbury Trails - Day Tours

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-07-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Akaroa
    Stop: 5 hours
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  • 2
    Barrys Bay Cheese
    Stop: 20 minutes
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Duration
9h
Inclusions
  • Cheese factory visit
  • Cafe lunch
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from all centrally located Christchurch hotels
  • An Eco-marine harbor cruise - if option selected
  • An Eco-marine adventure swimming with the Hector's Dolphins - if option selected
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • A percentage of the tour price is used for the conservation of New Zealand's wildlife, environment and it's endangered species
  • Tour operator picks up from all accommodation: hotel, lodge, Bed & Breakfast in Christchurch. The tour operator will confirm the tour and leave a message at the Christchurch accommodation 24 hours prior to the tour date.
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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KenVicLee wrote a review Apr. 2020
Huntington Beach, California2,002 contributions559 helpful votes
A shout out to Hugo, our tour guide, who we discovered had stayed the night in Christchurch to make certain he picked us up promptly at 8:15 am. Our tour took us out across the Canterbury Plains with its sheep, cattle and deer farms then up into the hills that overlooked the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)
Responded Apr. 30, 2020
What a lovely review of your day with our guide Hugo. Akaroa and its surrounds is a very special place to visit and it is great to hear you enjoyed your time there. I will pass your kind words onto Hugo
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Jan-Erik B wrote a review Apr. 2020
Stockholm, Sweden5 contributions9 helpful votes
Our guide Dave had a lot of knowledge and humour and made sure the tour was one of the high points of our journey in NZ. The tour had a great mix of art, cheese, the very nice town Akaroa and a harbour cruise where we saw penguins, dolphins and seals.
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)
Responded Apr. 6, 2020
Thank you for your review and your summary of the day spent with Dave in Akaroa. we are glad you enjoyed it and that is was a highlight of your time here.
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Susan wrote a review Apr. 2020
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This was an excellent day out. Akaroa is beautiful and we spent a couple of hours on a boat seeing lots of nature! We had a delicious lunch at a harbour side cafe and during our minibus journeys to and from Christchurch we saw amazing scenery. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)
Responded Apr. 2, 2020
Thank you for you review. Akaroa is one of our favourite days out, it has it all. Nature, scenery and great food.
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Vhk wrote a review Mar. 2020
Worcester, United Kingdom1 contribution
Stuart picked us up promptly from our hotel, was a charming and informative companion throughout. We saw Hector's dolphins, mini penguins and seals plus Albie the dog on our cruise with Akora Dolphin. Lovely lunch in Akora before tour of Akora itself and on to Lyttleton Harbour
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)
Responded Mar. 8, 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day exploring Akaroa and Christchurch with Stuart.
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Kathy wrote a review Feb. 2020
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Our tour guide, Mandy, was exceptional, easy, fun, interesting, packed with great information and highly flexible. She even took us shopping and looked like she enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this group.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Small Group Tour (Nature Cruise or Dolphin Swim)
Responded Mar. 4, 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear you had a lovely day out with Mandy - she loves shopping! We will pass your kind comments on to her.
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About the operator

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Gorgeous Day
Our tour guide Mandy went above and beyond to make our tour amazing. We encountered a crazy snow storm, that was un
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We drove through Tranz Alpine wasn't running.
Absolutely stunning postcard views of the Southern Alps driving towards and from Sheffeild. What a view to wake up
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Arthur’s Pass Guided Day Trip
Dave our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient throughout the trip. We had a perfect start weather wis
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Oldtraveller1948
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Interesting and Informative tour of Arthur's Pass
The Arthur's Pass National Park and Train Tour was exceptional as was our guide Dave. The train trip went through
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P1705PBjohnl
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Fabulous train to and walking tour of Arthur's Pass
This all-day combined train and land experience through and around Arthur's Pass was exceptional. Our small group
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MaliseOBanion
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The best day!
Had a spectacular day with a spectacular guide! Tia picked us up at our hotel, settled us on the train, and promise
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The Great Way to Visit Arthur’s Pass
The train trip was wonderful, transitioning to amazing mountain scenery. Dave, our guide, was even better. He was
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A Full Day
Started out with prompt 7:20 am pick up and back around 5:30 pm but a very interesting and varied day. Enjoyed the
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lynn1rhoads
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Outstanding! Arthurs Pass Tranzalpine Day Trip
Fantastic day with Dave! He promptly picked us up at the hotel and provided a great narrative of Christchurch on t
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Z44WIsherrym
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Once in a lifetime
This was a fabulous day trip and the perfect way to see a spectacular part of the South Island without driving. Th
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GillnCol
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TranzAlpine adventure!
Excellent day! We loved the train journey and then Peter helped us all make the most of the day, despite the wet we
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Bodywave
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Amazing day!
Our wonderful guide Mandy absolutely made our day! She was so attentive, knowledgeable, caring and fun.
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Supersarahb22
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Fiona is a fantastic guide!
I would highly recommend this trip. Fiona did a marvelous job explaining the history and transporting the group.
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Visit to Christchurch and the vineyards of Waipara, February 12, 2020
Fiona did an excellent job of showing us Christchurch and briefing us on the history and current situation of the c
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gjzambetti
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Great trip to Arthur’s Pass
Great day with Paul. Beautiful train ride to start the day up to Arthur’s Pass followed by a wonderful van ride bac
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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