*Lyttelton / Christchurch to Akaroa to CHCH Full Day Private Tour - 1 to 5 ppl with recommended optional extra activities
- Duration: 8 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Lyttelton
- Product code: Lyttcruise1-5Extra
Lyttelton / Christchurch to Akaroa to CHCH Full Day Private Tour - 2 to 5 ppl with recommended optional extra activities
Optional Extras as selected: You will have time for any ONE of the following
Add - Punting on the River Avon
Add - Port Hills Gondola ride and Time Tunnel train – amazing!
Add - The RNZ Air force Museum
Add - The International Antarctic Centre
Add - The Botanical Gardens
Add - The famous 1 hour Shamarra Alpacas Farm Tour.
Add - Historic Tram tour
This full day private your, hosted by a local will include:
- Historic Lyttelton in review
- Sumer and Redcliffs seaside beaches
- Lush pastures rolling over volcanic hills and mountains where sheep, deer and cattle roam.
- Quaint historic towns
- Silo Motel
- Barry's Bay Cheese Factory visit
- Akaroa - the lovely french settlement nesting in the heart of Banks Peninsula.
- Christchurch and my downtown city highlights tour where $50 billion will make Christchurch the most modern and earthquake safe cities in the world. Features street art, memorials, the old and the new buildings, parks and more.
- Lunch (own cost) on the banks of the River Avon
Port Hills Gondola ride and history filled Time Tunnel Train ride – amazing!
The Gondola offers a unique Christchurch sightseeing experience that you’ll never forget. Soar suspended above the valleys as the birds fly beneath your cable car. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains out to the mighty Southern Alps and the dramatic hills of Banks Peninsula. Treat yourself and visit one of Christchurch’s best attractions today!
You may know it as a cable car, others refer to it as a Gondola. But whatever you call it, this trip is one of the must-do sightseeing attractions in Christchurch, and you will never forget your Gondola experience! At the summit, experience the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region. Revive your spirits with a snack at the Red Rock Café, and browse what is on offer at the Shop at the Top.
The RNZ Air force Museum
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and New Zealand military aviation, and stands on the site of the former air base at Wigram, Christchurch.
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand had its origins in the RNZAF Historical Centre, established at RNZAF Base Wigram in 1976. This was a small-scale, part-time venture, until 1981 when a formal Air Force Order established the RNZAF Museum as an official Air Force unit, staffed by uniformed Air Force personnel.
The Museum initially occupied part of ‘No. 7’ Hangar (since demolished) for all of its activities, including displays, but by 1982, it became apparent that new purpose-built premises would be required. A major fundraising campaign began and many organisations and individuals contributed significantly to the establishment of the facility we have today.
The new building was attached to the existing ‘No. 1’ Hangar (now the Aircraft Hall) on Harvard Avenue, and was officially opened on 1 April 1987 as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the RNZAF. The Museum continued to occupy No. 7 Hangar for its technical and restoration work until moving into ‘No. 2’ Hangar in 1994, just before RNZAF Base Wigram closed in 1995.
The first major revamp of the Museum’s galleries occurred in 2008, when the traditional ‘History Gallery’ was completely redesigned and the present Horizon to Horizon gallery opened. Another landmark change occurred in 2009, when the Museum Trust Board introduced free admission. This decision was made in recognition of the Museum’s national significance, and a desire to make the RNZAF story as accessible as possible.
In January 2013 the Museum Trust Board’s new $16 million, 6,500m² extension was completed, the first major building project since the Museum’s opening. As well as housing the technical and exhibitions teams and Reserve Collection, the space currently known as the Thérèse Angelo Wing will ultimately serve as a brand new display hall. Conference and events operations will continue until approximately 2019 when a new convention centre is expected to open in Christchurch.
Today, the Museum is situated on 37 hectares of land and is accommodated in six buildings onsite with a total of approximately 5,000m2 of display area and 14,000m2 of storage and workshop space. It is a world class cultural institution, employing a team of over 30 professional staff, and attracting around 150,000 visitors per year.
The International Antarctic Centre
Located next to Christchurch International Airport, and open every day of the year, the International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain the whole family.
Be chilled in our incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre.
In just a few hours here the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you.
The Botanical Gardens
A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the historic Botanic Gardens. Climb aboard one of our all-weather electric vehicles and tour in comfort. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour is an affordable activity for nature enthusiasts of all ages, allowing you to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand.
Explore one of the world’s most historic Botanic Gardens. Our tour guides really know their stuff and can answer all sorts of questions. Which trees are best for making bows and arrows? Can corks be made from trees? Do bananas grow in Christchurch?
Leaves entwine and flowers flourish in the steamy tropical heat of the conservatories. Compare the sub-Antarctic daisies, tough enough to survive wind and sleet. Appreciate the outdoor circular Rose Garden containing 150 different varieties. Crush a leaf and smell each herb in the Fragrance Garden. See New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell.
The famous 1 hour Shamarra Alpacas Farm Tour.
- Your tour starts with a brief introduction to alpacas and their unique and quirky habits. You will be coming into close contact with your new found friends so we will also give a quick safety briefing with an alpaca in the barn.
- An award winning alpaca fleece is on display and you get to feel the incredible cashmere like softness of superfine alpaca whilst learning about their amazing qualities.
- We will then walk you through our alpaca herd where you can enjoy interacting with these gentle animals while they graze contentedly in their natural habitat.
- Feed the mothers with their their young by their side. This provides some amazing close up alpaca contact and great photos.
- Take advantage of the views across Akaroa harbour which are absolutely stunning and provide endless photo opportunities for lasting memories of your visit to our farm.
Historic Tram tour
The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing.
Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board our beautifully restored heritage Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions,
Our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please!
The journey takes you to the appropriate stops for Punting on the Avon, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour and the Gondola Shuttle bus.
Cathedral Junction, the Avon River, Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street are just some of sights to be seen from the comfort of your Tram, or accessed from the 17 stops en route.
Punting on the River Avon
An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the changing face of the city centre as you are expertly guided gently along the Avon River from one of our two sites on our Edwardian-style Punting tours.
The Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. An ideal group or family activity, Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective.
All tours and transfer prices are plus booking and credit card fees added at time of booking.