Guided Small Group Tours of New Zealand


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AK03 – Akaroa Farm Tour

Trip Includes:

Farm Tour …..

Travel by deluxe mini-van

Crater rim scenic drive with spectacular views

Cheese factory visit

Delicious picnic morning or afternoon tea

Cafe lunch in Akaroa

Courtesy city hotel / homestay pickup and dropoff.

Fully escorted with informative commentary.

Depart Christchurch at 8.30am and return approximately 5.45pm.

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A day tour to Akaroa, the only settlement attempted by the French in New Zealand, passes through the beautiful landscapes of the Banks Peninsula. This region was formed following violent eruptions of volcanoes over 6 million years ago and the picturesque town of Akaroa itself sits in an ancient volcanic crater.

Akaroa Map

You will travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which gives glorious views of farmlands, Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline.

You have an opportunity to wander around the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe. After lunch we take a spectacular drive over the summit road to Paua Bay Farm. Here you will experience a slice of life on a working sheep farm. A working sheep dog demonstration, sheep shearing and stories from the owner Murray Johns will entertain and delight along with a farm style afternoon tea to end the day.

If time permits on the journey back to Christchurch we visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay, the only one remaining on the peninsula from a bygone era.

Additional information

What to bring

What should we wear and take on our Day Tour CLOTHING Check the weather, dress accordingly and if necessary carry extra appropriate clothing. If you think that the clothing you have with you in New Zealand is inadequate/ unsuitable for your tour let us know, at least, the day before departure, so we can lend you some. South Island weather is extremely variable. Sudden changes are not uncommon! As we include walks on our tours it is advisable that you wear comfortable clothing suitable for being active and, as you will be in the mountains or on the ocean, a wind proof top is a must. It is advisable to wear layers of clothing that can be added and/or removed. The following is recommended: wind/shower proof jacket that will keep you dry in a sharp shower Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather, made of material that retains warmth when damp from sweat or drizzle). hat (type depending on weather) Guests on hiking tours should have a rainstorm proof jacket. DAY PACK (or bag you can carry and have both hands free) sunscreen (high SPF) sunglasses water bottle lip balm camera with extra card, spare batteries.


  1. canty1

    “Our tour of the South Island began in Christchurch and the agent engaged Canterbury Trails to take us today on a tour to Akaroa for a cruise and a visit to a sheep farm. Every aspect of the day was perfect and the scenery is hard to even describe but certainly jaw-dropping. But the best part of it all was.”

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