Manderley Farm Tour & The Giant's House

This fully escorted six hour tour embraces some of the outstanding scenery of Akaroa and the wider Banks Peninsula area, a Farm Tour to Manderley Farm in Little River, and on our return to Akaroa a visit to the world acclaimed Giant's House & Garden.


Cost = $165.00 Children 4 to 14 = $99.00 (Includes admission and afternoon tea @ Manderley, & admission @ The Giants House)

The Journey 

We are confident that you will hugely impressed by the breathtaking scenery you will witness on our journey to and from, these two outstanding attractions of Banks Peninsula, which we will be visiting on our tour today.


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 Harbour and the town itself nestle in the crater of a long extinct volcano and the scenery, as we drive out of the township and climb up to the summit road on the crater rim, is in a word "stunning", and at every turn in the road new panoramic vistas will unfold.


Manderley Farm Tour

Manderley Farm is situated at Little River on the shores of Lake Forsyth in the Bank Peninsula region, and has been farmed by Ross and Mary Millar since 1974.

The farm covers an area of 750 acres (300 hectares) and rises from sea level to 1500 feet.This stunning property has many spectacular vistas from bush clad hills to lake and ocean views, and is stocked by 1500 Sheep and 100 beef Cattle.


Manderley has been a popular Farm Tour for more than 20 years, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world.


You will marvel at the skill and almost uncanny partnership of Ross with his champion dogs, as they respond to whistle commands, some times at distances of up to half a mile, and with speed and agility gather a mob of sheep from the nearby hills and herd them down to where Ross and his guests are standing. This display provides many great photo opportunities along the way.


You will also witness a sheep shearing demonstration, and Ross will talk of his experiences farming Manderley for more than 30 years.


The Tour also includes a look around the homestead, originally built in 1876, and the beautifully landscaped garden, and conclude with afternoon tea served pool side


As we return you to your Cruise Ship, we complete a very comprehensive journey around Banks Peninsula, having driven out of Akaroa township, then climbed up to, and along tthe Summit road, and down into Little River, finally completing a journey of incredible and diverse scenic beauty returning to Akaroa at sea level travelling along the waters edge. 




What makes us  better?   

  • We have fun and it shows


  • Worry-free guarantee      


  • Short & long tour options


  • Quality vehicles - spacious & comfortable


  • Sharing personal experiences


  • Local knowledge from real Kiwis


  • Flexible itineraries


  • Transparent pricing



Stunningly beautiful - Akaroa Harbour  



Good dogs are essential on the Farm   



Ross- hard at work in the shearing shed 






The Giants House & Garden


Let our Tour South guide introduce you to the magic of the Giant's House which is a world class visitor attraction, and something not to be missed when visiting Akaroa.


The historically significant house and this very special garden, are located in an ideal setting which is romantically secluded and peaceful,  amongst native bush, with sweeping views of Akaroa Harbour.


This amazing garden features original artworks, flamboyant sculptures, and numerous dramatic mosaic features, all combining to create a stimulating visual experience.


The Giant's House is recommended by Lonely Planet, and endorsed by rave reviews from thousands of visitors from all parts of the world.


The home built in 1880 for the first bank manager in Akaroa, is constructed of locally milled native timbers. It Is designed and decorated in the French style, and is elegant and charming, and like all aspects of this truly magical creation, is grand in size proportions and unique features.


Being the home of an artist, it balances and contrasts the historic and the contemporary. Both the house and the amazing terraced gardens are full of surprises. Expect the unexpected at the Giant's House.


At the Giant's House you will be pampered and stimulated, in surroundings that will uplift your soul, a truly unique and special experience which is truly 'out of this world'



" Positive and colourful - it will make you Smile - seriously playful yet charming and elegant"



A very special experience     



Adam and Eve - one of many treasures



A surprise around every corner   


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Tour South Reviews On Tripadvisor

  • Personal tours for groups of 6 and above
  • Larger groups, multiple vehicles
  • Local knowledge flexible tours
  • Approximately 6 hours guaranteed return to ship on-time
  • Airport pickups
  • Multi night South Island tours
  • Wine country, farms, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch