Akaroa: Banks Peninsula and Giant's House Shore Excursion

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Akaroa: Banks Peninsula and Giant's House Shore Excursion

From US$ 50.21 per person

Enjoy a guided 3-hour sightseeing tour of Akaroa exploring the township, harbor, and this part of the Banks Peninsula. This will be combined with a stop at a local cheese factory, as well as a guided tour of the Giant's House.

About this activity

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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 11:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Embark on a guided tour of Akaroa's township
  • Stop at a cheese factory and sample some delicious locally made cheese
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Giant's House, a local attraction home to beautiful mosaic sculptures and gardens
Full description
Whilst your cruise ship is berthed in Akaroa, this local 3-hour tour allows you to discover the beauty and history of Akaroa Harbour, its township, and this portion of the Banks Peninsula. Upon departing Akaroa Wharf, the tour will take you through the township before traveling by road through the inner bays of the harbor. A stop will soon be made at a cheese factory in Barry’s Bay, the only commercially operating cheese factory in the region where local cheese can be sampled. Upon leaving the cheese factory, you will begin climbing the road to the hilltop before reaching Summit Road. In these locations, you will have some truly incredible views of the entire Akaroa Harbour and the Banks Peninsula. Upon returning into Akaroa, your coach will stop at the Giant’s House, with its beautiful gardens and mosaic sculptures. There a guided tour has been arranged for your leisure, before you finally conclude back at the Akaroa Wharf. Alternatively, you can opt to finish your tour there and explore the town on foot before your ship's departure.
  • Driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Live commentary onboard
  • Entrance fees and activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the end of the Wharf, there is a park to your right with a Canon statue placed close to the entrance. A representative will meet you there. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour departs.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
  • A small amount of walking is involved, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
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The whole tour was great. I don't know though whether it is worth driving all round Banks Peninsular as there really isn't a lot to see. We were very lucky in that the tour included meeting with the artist at the Giant's House and seeing the inside of her house and talking to her.

17 February 2020

In Akaroa it is a must!

5 February 2020

16 January 2020

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