Please note that a 'charter' is the exclusive hire of a vehicle, including a driver/guide.


Charters depart Akaroa Wharf anytime to suit you from 9.00am and return at a time to suit you, and your cruise ship schedule.  Our departure procedure will be sent to you in a confimation email once we receive your booking. Please note that Akaroa is a tender port.

Akaroa Harbour

Akaroa Harbour

ITINERARY - Leaving Akaroa you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of Banks Peninsula, a volcanic mass, encompassing two large harbours and many smaller bays and coves, before arriving approximately 2 hours later in Christchurch.


Christchurch is New Zealands second largest city and gateway to the South Island.  Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.  Photo stops are made enroute.


Lyttelton Harbour

A convenience stop is made in the small rural town of Little River.  We continue through Gebbies Pass to Lyttelton Harbour, then we travel over Christchurchs Port Hills, stopping at Sign of the Takahe, for views up to the Southern Alps, over the Canterbury Plains and across the City.


Arriving in Christchurch City late morning we will drive through the city. 

Map Akaroa

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You will be able to see earthquake damage. You will have time to visit Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens, and buy your own lunch, before heading back to Akaroa, arriving approximately 4.30pm. A stop can be made at the Barrys Bay Cheese Factory for a sample of their crafted cheeses, and where you can purchase delicious New Zealand cheese and wine.

Listed below are optional excursions that you may wish to include in your charter.  Please consider just one option, if any, for the full group. 


Penguins Christchurch Gondola Kiwi Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Orana Park

The International Antarctic Centre

Christchurch Gondola

Kiwis at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Orana Wildlife Park

Canterbury Museum Punting on the Avon River, Christchurch Earthquake Destruction Jetthrlls

Canterbury Museum

Punting on the Avon River

Earthquake Destruction

Jet Boating on the Waimakariri River

alpaca1 Bentwood Vineyard Curators House Manderley

Alpaca Farm Experience

Wine Tasting

Fabulous Lunch

Sheep Farm





Highlander Hiace Silver Minibus Toyota Coaster
Capacity - comfortably up to 3 passengers Capacity - comfortably up to 8 passengers or up to 12 passengers if children are part of your group. Capacity - comfortably up to 16 passengers, or 18 passengers if children are part of your group.

NZ$595 for 2 - 3 people

(approx US$400)


NZ$695  for 4 - 6 people

(approx US$470)

NZ$795 for 7 - 8  people

(approx US$535)

NZ$895 for 9 - 12 people (only available if including children)

(approx US$600)

NZ$895 for 9 - 12 people

(approx US$600)

NZ$950 for 13 - 14 people

(approx US$640)

NZ$995 for 15 - 16 people

(approx US$670)

NZ$1100 for 17 - 18 people (only available if including children)

(approx US$740)

All vehicles are modern, airconditioned, with PA systems, and appropriately licensed according to the laws of New Zealand

TO BOOK: To book a charter, or if you have any questions, please click here to send us an email. 


  • To book a charter we require a 20% deposit, with the balance due in cash on the day of your charter, or you can prepay the balance by credit card, prior to the date of your tour.
  • We do not accept cancellations within 28 days prior to your tour date.  You will be refunded in full* if you cancel, and give us more than 28 days notice by email.
  • You will be refunded in full* if your ship does not dock in Akaroa on the scheduled date.
  • No partial refunds are due to you, should your tender to shore be delayed for whatever reason, therefore delaying the departure time of your tour.  
  • We reserve the right to alter your itinerary in the event of a delay to your departure time, or conditions outside of our control.
  • If the Captain cancels all tenders for the day, then a full* refund is payable by us to you.
  • Lunch and refreshments are not included in price.
  • *Please note that any refunds due, where the payment has been made by credit card, will be refunded in full, less 3% credit card fee.


Once we receive your booking and deposit, we will confirm your charter within 24 hours.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us an email.