53 Christchurch Cruise Reviews

Booked a dockside scenic bus tour of Akaroa and its environs. Stopped at a pub for coffee and a good spot to take in the views.Also stopped at a cheese making establishment. I bought some delicious cheese. On return to Akaroa we were, at ... Read More
Booked a dockside scenic bus tour of Akaroa and its environs. Stopped at a pub for coffee and a good spot to take in the views.Also stopped at a cheese making establishment. I bought some delicious cheese. On return to Akaroa we were, at our request, dropped off at the Giant's House. There was and admission charge and it looked like it would be a great visit for kids, but not for us, so we walked back to town and had a fish and chip lunch, of course. Also visited the small interesting lighthouse. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Port of Akaroa. It takes about 1.5 hours by road to get to Christchurch from Akaroa. Beware shops selling “NZ Jade”. Some of them (including the one where I was trapped) don’t tell you that they are selling Canadian Jade. This is ... Read More
Port of Akaroa. It takes about 1.5 hours by road to get to Christchurch from Akaroa. Beware shops selling “NZ Jade”. Some of them (including the one where I was trapped) don’t tell you that they are selling Canadian Jade. This is disgraceful, unconscionable behaviour. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Very interesting...sad what the earthquakes have done to the city.
Very interesting...sad what the earthquakes have done to the city. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was a nice shore excursion and allowed for time to walk in the gardens and go to the Museum.
This was a nice shore excursion and allowed for time to walk in the gardens and go to the Museum. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
A nice trip through the city with some history of the devastation of the earthquake in 2011 and a visit to a beautiful garden. We later toured some of the Botanic Garden on our own.
A nice trip through the city with some history of the devastation of the earthquake in 2011 and a visit to a beautiful garden. We later toured some of the Botanic Garden on our own. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Not well described - time on coach too long & not commensurate with time available or expected destination. Included lunch was frankly poor. Expensive.
Not well described - time on coach too long & not commensurate with time available or expected destination. Included lunch was frankly poor. Expensive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
You can call it Christchurch but that city is a long way off and most people who've done the trek from Akaroa to Christchu7rch won't do it a second time. Akaroa is a nice village for strolling around but the sooner the kiwis fix ... Read More
You can call it Christchurch but that city is a long way off and most people who've done the trek from Akaroa to Christchu7rch won't do it a second time. Akaroa is a nice village for strolling around but the sooner the kiwis fix up Lyttleton, which is far closer to Christchurch, the better Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
As the port at Christchurch is still closed to large cruise ships due to earthquake damage, our ship docked at Akaroa instead. We spent the day wandering the streets here. The Giants House was the highlight, a garden & sculptures of ... Read More
As the port at Christchurch is still closed to large cruise ships due to earthquake damage, our ship docked at Akaroa instead. We spent the day wandering the streets here. The Giants House was the highlight, a garden & sculptures of mosaics, much like Gaudi's work. Unique & well worth the visit. The old timber Church of St Patrick was also worth while. We enjoyed renowned NZ fish & chips on the waterfront, just near the cruise wharf. The French Cemetery, an uphill walk, was rather disappointing when we reached it. It consists of a memorial to numerous former citizens, & the brass plaques of only two mounted on the memorial. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We stuck around Akaroa and again we were given no information on the port and we missed a good fish place by 100ms.
We stuck around Akaroa and again we were given no information on the port and we missed a good fish place by 100ms. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
There was a bus that would take you to Christ Church but the harbor was destroyed in many earthquakes so it has yet to be rebuilt. From people I talked to who went into that area, they saw a container mall. Shopping made out of cargo ... Read More
There was a bus that would take you to Christ Church but the harbor was destroyed in many earthquakes so it has yet to be rebuilt. From people I talked to who went into that area, they saw a container mall. Shopping made out of cargo containers. The church is forever gone. Sad. We stayed by the shore and went to the Giant's house which is a wacky creation of broke ceramic covering cement sculptures. A woman owns it and has people there building more art on the grounds. It's amazing how wild an imagination she has. It was a lot of fun to look around. This was an excursion so some people came on a bus but it was really a short walk to the place. We stopped at another house that was being built as a bed and breakfast. Also somewhat unique. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Tender port at Akaroa. There is nothing at Akaroa. But I met the lady boss of "BookaTour Dunedin". Dunedin is the next port of call. I suggest you put your name (free) on the list for a half/full day tour in Dunedin.
Tender port at Akaroa. There is nothing at Akaroa. But I met the lady boss of "BookaTour Dunedin". Dunedin is the next port of call. I suggest you put your name (free) on the list for a half/full day tour in Dunedin. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
To see Christchurch now is a must! How sad to see the damage from the earthquake :( But how fantastic is the Restart shopping Centre all in Ship Containers. Hats off to you Christchurch for hanging on.
To see Christchurch now is a must! How sad to see the damage from the earthquake :( But how fantastic is the Restart shopping Centre all in Ship Containers. Hats off to you Christchurch for hanging on. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Akaora was our Tender port. We chose to just spend a few hours exploring this little french heritage village. There where many tours available at the pier once off the tenders.
Akaora was our Tender port. We chose to just spend a few hours exploring this little french heritage village. There where many tours available at the pier once off the tenders. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
You dock in Akaroa. I think a lot of people go to Christchurch, but we like the outdoors and wanted to hike (tramp. ) Akaroa (pop 800)had two ships docked that day but were still amazingly friendly. They have an excellent web site ... Read More
You dock in Akaroa. I think a lot of people go to Christchurch, but we like the outdoors and wanted to hike (tramp. ) Akaroa (pop 800)had two ships docked that day but were still amazingly friendly. They have an excellent web site http://www.akaroa.com that will help you with your visit. We loved the explore on foot area. We stopped by the info desk to check on a hiking trail but the nice lady told us dogs had been chasing people on that trail and showed us another option. With 6000 people visiting we managed to have an entire hillside to ourselves! An absolutely beautiful charming village. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013

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