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Akaroa Well-being Eco-Safari Tour from Christchurch

​Dolphins & Alpacas Nature Safaris, Harbour Cruise & Farm Tour option

Banks Peninsula, Akaroa, Akaroa Harbour to the Pacific Ocean, & French Farm regions

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 combination with Dolphins & Harbour Nature Cruise + Alpacas nature safari & farm tour options can be varied to include single, or additional experiences (e.g. Penguins Nature Safari). All options include morning tea and an afternoon wine-tasting before heading home (non-alcoholic selection available).

Tour overview

The days highlights include:

  1. a journey of discovery aboard their stylish vessel as you come alongside rare Hector’s dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, seabirds, and other wildlife set amongst spectacular sea caves and volcanic formations. 
  2. Wander through herds of grazing alpacas, marvelling at their exquisite fleece. Enjoy feeding the beautiful and mysterious alpacas whilst enjoying breath-taking views of Akaroa Harbour..

Allow a total journey time of around 9-10 hours and includes travel through the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula. Your tour includes 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 day, you will have around two 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

On your journey to Akaroa - courtesy of a luxury 4x4 min-coach - take 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. Amongst 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.

Enjoy this unique nature safari experience in the spectacular, award-winning Wild Side Conservation area involving wild penguins! Learn about the area’s rich history, native flora and fauna and the area’s unique conservation programs.

There will be time to 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 DOLPHIN & HARBOUR CRUISE NATURE SAFARI EXPERIENCE

Dolphins & the harbour nature cruise

Enjoy your harbour cruise on a luxurious and comfortable boat - it has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the dolphins and other wildlife! The operator holds a Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism operator permit, requiring operation in a sensitive and responsible manner around dolphins, whales, and seals, to ensure there is minimal impact on the environment and wildlife. 

You will be in awe of the most spectacular coastal scenery - rugged cliff faces and dramatic panoramic views will take your breath away. You will be shown all the best highlights of the area including the highest cliff in Banks Peninsula, the famous ‘Elephant Head’ and Cathedral Cave. 

Passenger groups are kept small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space. From the check-in team to the skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is the expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.

Wildlife availability (Dolphins)

The harbour cruise operator enjoys a 98% success rate in encountering Hector’s dolphins in their natural environment, all year round. As the world’s smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins, which are completely wild, it is not possible to guarantee encounters. 

Also, please note that this is an exclusive and intimate 2-hour harbour cruise on a luxurious catamaran - and in keeping with environmental and ecological best practice, we view the dolphins from the boat rather than swim with them.

Special Notes (Dolphins)

Passengers of all ages are welcome, from new-borns to the seniors, as the vessels used are very stable, have secure railings, various indoor and outdoor areas to choose from, and space for pushchairs etc. There are also plenty of lifejackets aboard, including those for infants and children, however, if you are travelling with young children, we do ask for their safety that they are supervised at all times.

The tour operates in just about all weather - in fact all of the best wildlife viewing id often when it's raining (so remember to always bring a rain coat just in case). We all hope for a beautiful sunny day but whether rain or shine the guides will always give you an authentic New Zealand experience!

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)

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 (Alpacas)

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

 

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