Akaroa and Christchurch

Fully Escorted Day Tour

AKAROA

 

Guided tours of Christchurch and Akaroa with our experienced staff at Tour South give visitors the very best possible overview and informed comentry of the history and scenic attractions of this breathtakingly beautiful part of the South Island. 



Akaroa is the oldest Colonial Town in the South Island and is still touched by the French influence of many of the early settlers. The beautiful tranquil harbour and township are nestled in the crater of a long extinct volcano. 

Our journey out of the Township, climbing up to the summit road affords some spectacular scenery, and we have scheduled many stops during the tour, where strategicaly located lookout points offer some truly amazing panoramic vistas and wonderful photo opportunities.


LYTTELTON

 

After driving through the pleasent country town of Little River and passing two significant Lakes – Forsyth & Ellesmere – we climb again onto the Summit road above Lyttelton, where we have commanding views of the harbour and Township to our right, and the patch work quilt appearence of the Canterbury Plains as a dramaticaly different vista opens up on our left.


SIGN OF THE TAKAHE

 

An easy five minute walk from the car park, takes us to a lookout which affords a comprehensive view of Christchurch City centre,and a panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains, the majestic Southern Alps and the vast Pacific Ocean.


CHRISTCHURCH CITY

 

As we drive down from the port hills into the City centre the evidence of the earthquakes is clearly visible, but so too are the signs of recovery as this once beautiful City repairs and rebuilds. Fortunately a significant number of the cities Heritage buildings have survived and remain as a visible link to our Colonial past.In spite of the destuctive force of two major Earthquakes and a significant number of severe after shocks, Christchurch remains a City of great charm and beauty.

 

CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC GARDENS

 

Considered by many visitors to be the best in the World, these delightful Gardens cover an area of twenty one hectares (seventy three acres) contained mainly within the loop of the gently flowing Avon River, and the beauty and tranquility of this special place provides a virtual oasis for many, right in the very  heart of Christchurch City.

 

Founded in 1853, and commemorated with the planting of an English Oak, the Gardens have grown to now feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants in New Zealand.

 

 

At the conclusion of our drive around the Central Business District, we stop for lunch at the Re-start Mall, a unique pop-up Mall created from steel shipping containers, which created a quick an inexpensive way of restarting the commercial heart of the City after the devestation of the Earthquakes.

 

HALSWELL ON THE PARK – Housing Sub Division

 

At the start of our return journey we will drive through this development, in an area south of the City, which fared very well in the earthquakes. Because of the proven stability of the land in this area it has become a "sort after" location with building sections being fast tracked to cope with an extreme shortage of land for replacement housing.

 

SUMMIT ROAD TO AKAROA

 

On our journey back to Akaroa we take the Tourist Drive along the Summit Road. The views down into some of the East Coast Bays and into Akaroa Harbour itself are stunning, and at every turn in the road new vistas open up to leave the visitor with wonderful memories and great photos of a special and unique part of New Zealand.

Clearly viewing some of these sights is weather dependent and as necessary we will substitute other attractions when conditions dictate.

 

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"Really enjoyed your commentary and our day in Akaroa and Christchurch, a great trip, excellent!! Thanks Grant."


Bill, Glenys, Hilary, Alan, Josie and Derek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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