Tour departs Akaroa wharf anytime to suit you from 9.00am and return at a time to suit you, and your cruise ship schedule.  Please note that Akaroa is a tender port.

ITINERARY - Leaving Akaroa, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of Banks Peninsula, a volcanic landscape of hills, valleys, and harbour.  We drive to the outskirts of Christchurch, and continue north to Canterbury's premium wine growing district of Waipara, home to many well known New Zealand brands such as Pegasus Bay Wines. The drive from Akaroa wharf to the Waipara valley is just over 2 hours.

Your tour will take you to 2-3 wineries and include tastings of varietals associated with this cool climate wine growing area, including sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris, chardonnay, and pinot noir.  While at one of the wineries you will be served a lovely individual lunch platter. Convenience stops are made enroute, to ensure you have a very comfortable experience, while you are in the Canterbury region.  If you prefer to cut down the number of wineries and have a brief look at Christchurch city on the return journey, then this can be arranged.

Your tour includes: private transportation from Akaroa to the Waipara valley and return; wine tastings at 2-3 wineries; and an individual lunch platter at Waipara Springs Wines. Wineries available to visit (subject to availability) include: Torlesse Wines, Black Estate Wines, Greystone Wines, Waipara Springs Wines, Waipara Hills Wines, Terrace Edge Wines, and Pegasus Bay Wines.

Listed below are optional excursions that you may wish to include in your tour. 

Please note that as all tours are private, we are able to accommodate any requests to add to or change our standard itinerary. If you want to purchase your own lunch, wineries with restaurants include Pegasus Bay Wines, Waipara Hills Wines, Waipara Springs Wines, and Black Estate Wines.

Please notify us in advance, if you want to dine at a particular winery restaurant, and, which wineries you wish to visit for tastings, so that we can make reservations for you. As you can see, you are spoilt for choice.

Helicopter Flight

Return helicopter flight to Akaroa

Price is available on request from $700 per person

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Lunch at Pegasus Bay Wines

Fine dining experience at one of New Zealand's top winery restaurants.

At own cost

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Capacity - comfortably up to 3 passengers

NZ$390pp for 2 passengers; $275pp for 3 passengers


Capacity - comfortably up to 8 passengers

NZ$240pp for 4 - 6 passengers; NZ$170pp for 7 - 8 passengers


Capacity - comfortably up to 16 passengers

NZ$150pp for 9 - 12 passengers; NZ$120pp for 13 - 16 passengers

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To make a booking we require a 20% deposit please. We will generate an email invoice through Paypal, where you can pay this please.  You do not need a Paypal account to do this. The invoice is for the full amount, but you can make a part payment of 20%.  Please also use this invoice to pay the remaining balance prior to your tour date, if you are paying by credit card, otherwise we accept NZ$ on the day of your tour.  Your driver/guide is unable to accept credit cards on the day 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. . 
*Please note that any refunds due, where the payment has been made by credit card, will be refunded in full, less 3.45% Paypal Fee. 

Please book an early tender. Please look out for our driver just as you leave the wharf. He will have a sign with your name on it. He will be on the wharf at 9.00am, or at a predetermined time.  If you do not immediately connect with your driver, please wait by the historic cannon, which is located on the small reserve just to the right as you leave the wharf. If you have any problems connecting with your driver, or you are delayed please call the office on +64275578262. If you will be travelling with a cell phone, please forward your cell phone number (international format) to our office.