Banks Peninsula & Garden City
Experience the Garden City of Christchurch and charming Akaroa on this 5 day culture, nature and wildlife independent tour.
Spend your first two days exploring the stunning Banks Peninsula and the charming French settlement of Akaroa. Stroll around the streets and later board a luxury vessel, indulge in some home baking and a drink while cruising past spectacular coastal scenery, looking out for wildlife including the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hector dolphin. Akaroa in Maori means ‘Long Harbour’ - during your cruise and self drive you will certainly see the beauty of this long harbour. On your third day take the scenic drive via Lyttelton to Christchurch. Explore the parks and garden of New Zealand’s most English city. Don’t miss out on the galleries, museums and the street art. Christchurch is easy to explore by foot, but make sure you take a ride on the vintage tram through the city too!
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Immerse yourself into history, the French settlement, unique wildlife, art, urban exploring and maybe an unusual activity such as punting on the Avon river.
"The family operated Dolphin & Akaroa harbour cruise was fantastic. We spotted penguins, seals and of course little Hector Dolphins. The cruise back was most enjoyable too with a glass of wine and some homemade baking." Pia, Team Viva
Christchurch is a lot more than the Garden City. Since the 2011 Earthquake a lot has changed and the city is vibrant with many new buildings, street art and eateries.