Banks Peninsula & City Drive


Travel around Akaroa Harbour’s many bays and coves. The Banks Peninsula (named in honour of famed botanist, Sir Joseph Banks), was formed by three massive volcanic eruptions occurring millennia ago. The peninsula’s two main harbours, Akaroa and Lyttleton, are the exploded remains of shield volcanoes. Visit Manderley Farm, an historic homestead on the shores of Lake Forsyth. The farmhouse, built on a 750-acre working sheep farm, is renowned for its fine Merino sheep and champion sheepdogs. Explore the landscaped gardens of this fully restored 1876 historic homestead and watch a demonstration of herding skills featuring the farm’s prized collies. Next, pass Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere (Waihora) and the township of Tai Tapu. In Christchurch, drive through the bustling Addington business district, past Hagley Park to the city centre. Explore some of the city’s attractions or shops. Travel through Tai Tapu and along the shores of Lakes Ellesmere and Forsyth back to Little River. Continue to Hilltop, a scenic overlook perched atop the rim of the caldera forming Akaroa Harbour.
  • Location

    Akaroa

  • Tour Code

    AK1135

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $159.99
    Children (12 & under) from $139.99

  • Snack included!

Please bring your camera!
Lunch can be purchased in Christchurch (own expense)
Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water Please bring cash/cards for purchases
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Board your motor coach and skirt the bays bordering historic Akaroa Harbour. Drive to Manderley Farm on Lake Forsyth. The historic farmhouse, dates to 1876. Manderley is renowned for fine Merino sheep and champion sheepdogs. Enjoy tea in the gardens and observe a demonstration featuring the farm’s prized collies. Continue through the township of Tai Tapu to Christchurch for a brief stop. After your city visit, travel back past Tai Tapu and Lakes Ellesmere and Forsyth to Hilltop. This overlook is perched atop the rim of the caldera forming Akaroa Harbor. Descend to the harbor and your ship.

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