Tour Overview

Enjoy a relaxing day tour of Banks Peninsula that was designed with your relaxation and wellbeing in mind. Customise your experience by choosing either one, two or three of the activities available throughout the day: A harbour cruise with Hector dolphins; a nature safari with wild penguins; and/or an interactive tour of a high-country alpaca farm. To complete the day, you'll enjoy an end-of-day wine tasting (or non-alcoholic beverage) and afternoon platter at the special French Peak vineyard. Duration is approximately 9-10 hours.

Tour Itinerary

  • Pick up from Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation around 8.30am.
  • Take in the breath-taking scenery of the rugged Banks Peninsula coastline and farmlands on our way to Akaroa. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided along the way.
  • Depending on how many activities you've selected, you'll have time to explore the French township of Akaroa. View the timesheet here for more information >>.
  • Stop at French Peak Wines to enjoy an end-of-day wine tasting (or non-alcoholic beverage) and afternoon platter.
  • Drop-off at Canterbury Museum or your city-located accommodation.

Choose the "full tour"  
or mix and match any of the following options:

Option 1: Harbour Cruise with Dolphins

Enjoy the most spectacular coastal scenery - rugged cliff faces and dramatic panoramic views will take your breath away. Passenger groups are kept small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your 2 hour cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space. Plus, the luxurious and comfortable boat has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the dolphins and other wildlife! 

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. 

Note: In keeping with environmental and ecological best practice, we view the dolphins from the boat rather than swim with them.

Option 2: 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.

Option 3: Wild Penguin Safari Colony

Be greeted by the farm’s, friendly pet sheep and see White-Flippered penguins as the people of Pohatu monitor nesting sites. This is the only place in New Zealand you can easily see penguins' gathering and socializing on the water. You may even be lucky enough to see rehabilitation efforts such as supplemental feedings and swim therapy! 

Pohatu have been conserving the Little Penguins for over 30 years and have 4 conservation awards for their efforts in penguin conservation, protection and monitoring. Francis and Shireen Helps have worked over the last three decades protecting White-flippered Penguins (Eudyptula minor albosignata), Canterbury’s own variant of Australasian Little Penguin. Importantly, spending time with Pohatu helps the preservation of these beautiful birds for future generations!

Note: The penguins at Flea Bay are wild; therefore, your chances of seeing them throughout the year varies by season. Click here for more detailed information>>

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Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers.
  • Family-friendly deals (limited time only)

Reviews


Best Tour We ever had! My wife and I had an enjoyable Tour of Akaroa visiting a Penguin Sanctuary with Maossie Tours operated by a Husband & Wife Team. They made us feel so special and valued. It is a Tour that is so different from all the Tours we had joined. It felt as if we were going on a Trip with friends and relatives rather than a Tour Operator. We definitely will recommend to friends to join Maossie Tours if they will be visiting Christchurch. No wonder Maossie Tours are consistently Rated #1 by TripAdvisor. This Tour has all everything, Friendly Tour Operator of Husband and Wife Team, Stunning Views, Value for money and unforgettable experience of wine tasting, cheese factory visit, very knowledgeable commentaries, exciting itineraries and Penguin encounter!      Felix K.

Amazing eco-safari day tour! This was such a lovely experience! Gary was very kind, friendly and he made sure we enjoyed every activity scheduled as well as the lookouts. What an amazing day full of animals and scenic landscapes!      Leydy A 

 

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