200 Akaroa Cruise Reviews

Have never been to Akaroa so was nice to have a look thru the quaint little shops and gift shops, have a walk around the water and enjoy some lunch. Bit of a wait to get back on the tender boat to get back to the Ship, waited in the ... Read More
Have never been to Akaroa so was nice to have a look thru the quaint little shops and gift shops, have a walk around the water and enjoy some lunch. Bit of a wait to get back on the tender boat to get back to the Ship, waited in the queue for over an hour in the hot sun. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We did a jet boat tour which can be booked in the shop just off the ship disembarkation but I booked online before. Great scenic ride with a few hair raising turns.
We did a jet boat tour which can be booked in the shop just off the ship disembarkation but I booked online before. Great scenic ride with a few hair raising turns. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a tender port. We picked up our tender tickets out by the pool right before heading into the buffet for breakfast. The timing was perfect as our number was called just as we finished eating. Cruisers who have booked an excursion ... Read More
This was a tender port. We picked up our tender tickets out by the pool right before heading into the buffet for breakfast. The timing was perfect as our number was called just as we finished eating. Cruisers who have booked an excursion through NCL or were at Gold Level or above did not need tender tickets. Even though the tender boat ride was under 20 minutes, the total time from when our number was called to when we set foot on Akaroa spanned about 45 minutes. Take that into consideration if you make an independent excursion arrangement. By the way, there were many vendors offering tours at the pier. They were very casual (unlike the in-your-face pestering we have encountered at numerous other ports). We opted to do things on our own again and walked to Newton’s Waterfall first. The distance was under 2 miles but all uphill. Note that you will have to go pass two fences. The first can be opened but the second had to be stepped over. The waterfall was just a small one. There are other walks to take. I saw a sign in town encouraging visitors to access www.bpwalk.co.nz. After coming back down, we paid a short visit to the lighthouse. For lunch, we had meat pies and baguette from Akaroa Butchery and Deli per the recommendation of the Cruise Critic community. The crusts were super flaky. The beef pie was very good. The lamb pie could use some more seasoning. Nonetheless, these were the best meat pies we had on the whole trip. We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping. The artisan markets had much to offer. By the way, we saw a sign for a laundromat at the corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Brittan in case you need it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is a beautiful location. We did our own thing as we had friends living in Akaroa. There is much to see around Akaroa and an organised excursion is worthwhile. The village of Akaroa itself is lovely with great gift shops, coffee shops ... Read More
This is a beautiful location. We did our own thing as we had friends living in Akaroa. There is much to see around Akaroa and an organised excursion is worthwhile. The village of Akaroa itself is lovely with great gift shops, coffee shops and dining options. At times, there can be two cruise ships at Akaroa at the same time and this would make it very busy and public toilets etc. challenging. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Have toured Akaroa before, this time we just stretched our legs and had a lovely coffee as well as local pies from the hole in the wall The Coffee Stop around 100 metres from the wharf. Again great coffee and free wifi as well.
Have toured Akaroa before, this time we just stretched our legs and had a lovely coffee as well as local pies from the hole in the wall The Coffee Stop around 100 metres from the wharf. Again great coffee and free wifi as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We walked up the hill to the towers for the view's, then back to ship for lunch then out again for walks along beach roads and boardwalks.
We walked up the hill to the towers for the view's, then back to ship for lunch then out again for walks along beach roads and boardwalks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Gorgeous place! Hiked to the lighthouse, up a hill near a sheep farm, and then walked through town. I'm glad Christchurch will open again as a port and thus they will leave the locals alone.
Gorgeous place! Hiked to the lighthouse, up a hill near a sheep farm, and then walked through town. I'm glad Christchurch will open again as a port and thus they will leave the locals alone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019

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