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Akaroa Well-being Eco-Safari Tour from Christchurch

​• Dolphins •Alpacas •Penguins

Banks Peninsula, Akaroa Harbour, Flea Bay, and French Peak vineyard

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

TOUR OVERVIEW

Allow a total journey time of around 9-10 hours (all options). This includes each individual experience approximately 2 hours duration, plus return journey and stopovers for morning tea and a late afternoon wine-tasting. Your tour also includes hotel pick-up and drop off and road journey courtesy of an ultra-modern luxury mini-coach.

Choose your preferred experience

The full well-being tour incorporates all three experiences: dolphins, alpacas and penguins. However you can choose just one of these experiences which is less expensive and allows more time available to wander around the Akaroa township and surrounds - at your own pace. Note that all options include wine-tasting (non-alcoholic alternative available), morning tea, complimentary Wi-Fi & USB charging! Some options include a special "Akaroa style" lunch

THE THREE NATURE SAFARI EXPERIENCES

DOLPHINS

Dolphins & harbour nature cruise option

This is a world class experience aboard a high quality vessel conducted by award-winning eco-tourism pioneers. The luxurious and comfortable boat 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. 

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 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.

ALPACAS

Alpaca farm tour option

This really is a New Zealand must do - at any time of the year! 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 the very photogenic 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. These animals are full of attitude and seriously cute!

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.

PENGUINS

Penguins nature safari option

This is a stunning scenic safari over the crater rim of the extinct volcano with photo opportunities and commentary provided by guides who have lived here for 5 generations. 

Be greeted by the farm’s friendly pet sheep (some of them very rare breeds). 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!

OTHER TOUR BOOKING OPTIONS & INFORMATION

 

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