Day trip

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: Twin Harbors (Lyttelton & Akaroa)

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: Twin Harbors (Lyttelton & Akaroa)

From US$ 146.74 per person

This tour highlights the magnificent scenery of Banks Peninsula and the twin harbors of Lyttelton and Akaroa. Enjoy a two-hour nature cruise in Akaroa Harbour, with lunch at Bully Hayes restaurant and an afternoon visit at a cheese factory.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a 2-hour nature cruise of Akaroa Harbour with usual sightings of Hector’s Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and Little Blue Penguins
  • Explore Akaroa Village and lunch at Bully Hayes (optional extra)
  • Travel through the beautiful bays, rolling hills, and stunning scenery of the Banks Peninsula
  • Visit a cheese factory with tastings of some local cheeses
  • Have plenty of great photo opportunities throughout your excursion
Full description
From Lyttelton, the tour travels around the inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour, Corsair Bay, Cass Bay, Rapaki and Governor’s Bay. You'll then travel over Gebbies Pass and onto the Akaroa Highway stopping on route at Birdlings Flat. Birdlings Flat is a shingle beach at the tip of Banks Peninsula, affording great views of this rugged southern coastline. After you will stop at the Akaroa hilltop which 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. This full commentary cruise of the spectacular harbor features a host of marine life. You will normally see the rare and endangered 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. (Note that lunch is an optional extra). Mid-afternoon depart Akaroa and travel through the inner harbor bays of Takamatua, Robinsons Bay, Duvauchelle Bay and Barry’s Bay with a stop at the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory with tastings. 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 then travels through the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch City and through the Lyttelton Harbour Tunnel to return you to your cruise ship.
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Lunch - (if option chosen)
  • Sightseeing nature cruise
  • Cheese factory with tastings
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Lyttelton Port. Meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket

Know before you go

  • At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's arrival and departure times, but if you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure, the local operator guarantees to get you to the next port of call
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions, if the tour is canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • New Zealand weather can change quickly - please bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
  •  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
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Product ID: 206817