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Akaroa Well-being Eco-Safari Tour from Christchurch

Alpaca farm tour option

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, French Farm

Want to relieve the stresses and worries of everyday life? Then give yourself a break and leave behind life’s pressures, problems and pandemics! This tour option is specifically designed with your relaxation and well-being in mind.

This one-day tour with Alpaca farm tour option can be varied to include additional experiences (e.g. Penguins nature safari and / or Dolphins & harbour nature cruise options). All options include morning tea and an afternoon wine-tasting before heading home (non-alcoholic selection available)

Tour overview

The days highlight is experiencing an interactive presentation followed by a wander through herds of beautiful & friendly alpacas whilst enjoying truly breath-taking views of Akaroa Harbour. Later browse luxurious dye free alpaca knitwear. Allow a total journey time of around 9-10 hours from Christchurch return: includes travel through the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula. 

Your tour is fully inclusive with provision of morning tea,  an afternoon platter with wine tasting, hotel pick-up and drop off and road journey courtesy of an ultra-modern luxury mini-coach. During the cruise enjoy a complimentary drink of award-winning wine, beer or non-alcoholic option and home baking. 

Also, over the course of the day, you will have a over 4 hours spare time to wander in and around the French-inspired Akaroa township and surrounds at your own pace. Stopovers include the award-winning Barrys Bay chees factory at Duvauchelle and the quaint Little River Café and Art Gallery.

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Journey description

Your journey to Akaroa takes in the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands. This area is renowned for its rugged topography in a surprisingly sparsely populated district. mongst extensive farm lands, Akaroa’s diverse landscape is a region where conservation areas abound in an area regarded as extremely important for native plants and associated wildlife. In fact, Banks Peninsula has the highest amount of biodiversity than any other part of New Zealand.

Stopovers include the award winning Barrys Bay Cheese factory at Duvauchelle, and the quaint Little River Cafe & Gallery. Enjoy wandering around the French township of Akaroa. To complete your day, enjoy an end-of-day wine tasting (or non-alcoholic beverage) and afternoon platter at the special French Peak vineyard.

THE ALPACA FARM TOUR & NATURE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

Alpaca farm tour

Set in a beautiful harbour on the slopes of an extinct volcano and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills, the alpaca farm is near the historic seaside village of Akaroa. The panoramic views of Akaroa harbour and the rolling hills and peaks of the surrounding valleys are absolutely phenomenal! 

After a brief introduction to alpacas and their unique and quirky habits you are able to view the alpaca fleece on display and you get to feel the incredible cashmere like softness of superfine alpaca whilst learning about their amazing qualities. 

You then proceed to walk through the alpaca herd where you can enjoy interacting with these gentle animals while they graze contentedly in their natural habitat. Even get to feed the mothers with their young by their side - providing some amazing close up alpaca contact and great photos for lasting memories of your visit.

Afterwards, browse the Alpaca shop where an exclusive collection of luxurious dye free alpaca knitwear is available.

Special Notes

Alpacas are very cute, photogenic, and are comfortable with interacting with people. The farm’s location offers some really beautiful landscapes through all seasons, including winter. Language is not a barrier with this lovable bunch, with tours offered in either English or Mandarin to make your experience even more enjoyable

The tour operates in just about all weather so remember to always bring a rain coat just in case. Of course we all hope for a beautiful sunny day but whether rain or shine the guides will always give you an authentic New Zealand experience!

Wildlife availability

You are able to wander amongst the friendly domesticated alpacas at Shamarra year-round (they are not wild!). 

 

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