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Sail Date: November 2010
What can I say about Christchurch, I saw a beautiful city with a winding river with the most stunning garden banks, people punting up the river, very English The cathedral was beautiful to see, cool inside with the most gorgeous stained ... Read More
What can I say about Christchurch, I saw a beautiful city with a winding river with the most stunning garden banks, people punting up the river, very English The cathedral was beautiful to see, cool inside with the most gorgeous stained glass windows I watched with horror as the pictures of the damage from the recent earthquake splashed across the TV, the Christchurch I saw and loved is gone Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
again a container terminal have to pay for transport into town took the tram round christchurch lovely city well worth a look
again a container terminal have to pay for transport into town took the tram round christchurch lovely city well worth a look Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Once again no problems getting into town and back. We were fortunate to be in the city when it was welcoming the para Olympians for the Games in Christchurch. A bit of rain but no real signs of the recent earthquakes.
Once again no problems getting into town and back. We were fortunate to be in the city when it was welcoming the para Olympians for the Games in Christchurch. A bit of rain but no real signs of the recent earthquakes. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Christchurch; We hired "Inside Story" for our tour. This ship docks at Littleton at a working dock, we had to take a free bus into Littleton where Terry met us and started our tour. Christchurch is on the other side of the ... Read More
Christchurch; We hired "Inside Story" for our tour. This ship docks at Littleton at a working dock, we had to take a free bus into Littleton where Terry met us and started our tour. Christchurch is on the other side of the mountain. We drove to Akaroa 1 1/2 hrs away. The drive was really beautiful. It's a quaint little village by the water. The scenery was spectacular. We had lunch at a little cafe by the side of the road that made gourmet food. Terry had lunch with us (he paid for himself) we drove into Christchurch where he had us meander thorough a park that was beautiful, then drove us downtown and we walked down to the church and back. We really enjoyed Terry he was full of information and very organized and thoughtful. We would highly recommend him. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Nice city centre. Unfortunately had to pay for a shuttle bus to get there from the port. Small but pleasant market in the main square. We took a free shuttle bus to the Antarctic Centre near the airport. Penguins, 4D movie experience and ... Read More
Nice city centre. Unfortunately had to pay for a shuttle bus to get there from the port. Small but pleasant market in the main square. We took a free shuttle bus to the Antarctic Centre near the airport. Penguins, 4D movie experience and Hagglund ride. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
This Port was in fact Akoroa due to the Christchurch Earthquake. Tenders are used to transport to this beautiful small French settled New Zealand town.. A pretty little place with inflated prices geared for the tourists. It is pleasant ... Read More
This Port was in fact Akoroa due to the Christchurch Earthquake. Tenders are used to transport to this beautiful small French settled New Zealand town.. A pretty little place with inflated prices geared for the tourists. It is pleasant to walk up the street along the waterfront, especially on a nice day. Day trips are available to Christchurch from this port but there is still a few touristy things available at Akoroa with Jetboat rides, motorcycle rides etc. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We actually stopped at Akaroa which is about 80 klms from Christchurch but the pier was still damaged from the earthquake so we went to shore on the lifeboats which were well organized & only took about 15mins to go ashore. Quaint ... Read More
We actually stopped at Akaroa which is about 80 klms from Christchurch but the pier was still damaged from the earthquake so we went to shore on the lifeboats which were well organized & only took about 15mins to go ashore. Quaint little village-not much to do but one of the girls I met went on a swimming with the dolphins tour & had a ball so there were lots of options available. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Not Christchurch due to problems. Docked in AKAROA 80 miles away. Delightful little place. Spent the day walking and checking out the little markets. also spent time on the beach. Reasonable tender service to shore, then few minutes walk ... Read More
Not Christchurch due to problems. Docked in AKAROA 80 miles away. Delightful little place. Spent the day walking and checking out the little markets. also spent time on the beach. Reasonable tender service to shore, then few minutes walk to town. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2012
Due to the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, the port of Lyttleton (Christchurch) was substituted with the wonderful township of Akoroa. This was the surprise packet of the entire cruise. Akoroa is well worth a visit. You won't be ... Read More
Due to the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, the port of Lyttleton (Christchurch) was substituted with the wonderful township of Akoroa. This was the surprise packet of the entire cruise. Akoroa is well worth a visit. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
The actual port is now Akaroa due to the earthquakes that occurred in Christchurch. Glad we went to Christchurch - the devastation is evident but the town is rebuilding and the gardens are absolutely spectacular. Picton was next port. ... Read More
The actual port is now Akaroa due to the earthquakes that occurred in Christchurch. Glad we went to Christchurch - the devastation is evident but the town is rebuilding and the gardens are absolutely spectacular. Picton was next port. Wonderful dolphin and Ship Cove excursion. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Now that the ship cannot visit Christchurch directly it stops at Akaroa some 80 kms away from Christchurch. There are excursions into Christchurch where the pre earthquake shopping areas have been replaced by shipping containers which ... Read More
Now that the ship cannot visit Christchurch directly it stops at Akaroa some 80 kms away from Christchurch. There are excursions into Christchurch where the pre earthquake shopping areas have been replaced by shipping containers which ahve been converted into shops. The containers have had windows cut into them and painted multicolours. Much of Christchurch is now uninhabitable due to the earthquakes and continuing aftershocks. Akaroa is a lovely port. It is accessed by tender which does limit the elderly. It has a French influence. Shopping for something different is a highlight of Akaroa. There are numerous little cafes with local specialties. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Akaroa for Christchurch, trips to Christchurch from dockside, we just got free shuttle run by volunteers, went to the giants house, worth seeing.
Akaroa for Christchurch, trips to Christchurch from dockside, we just got free shuttle run by volunteers, went to the giants house, worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
Akaroa was tender port the weather was awful so we stayed on board. Other people said the bus trip to Christchurch took 1+ 3/4 hours.
Akaroa was tender port the weather was awful so we stayed on board. Other people said the bus trip to Christchurch took 1+ 3/4 hours. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Because of earthquake damage to the port for Christchurch we tendered ashore at Akaroa. We had a walk around the delightful village for an hour or two then returned to the ship. Some people took bus tours to Christchurch.
Because of earthquake damage to the port for Christchurch we tendered ashore at Akaroa. We had a walk around the delightful village for an hour or two then returned to the ship. Some people took bus tours to Christchurch. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Tender port at Akaroa, 90 minutes from Christchurch. Akaroa should remain as a permanent port. Lovely little French village with lots of history and local tours of scenary and wildlife.
Tender port at Akaroa, 90 minutes from Christchurch. Akaroa should remain as a permanent port. Lovely little French village with lots of history and local tours of scenary and wildlife. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2012
By tender to Akaroa, a lovely little seaside town. We were lucky here to be meeting relations who whisked us round the area, we had a view of Christchurch, very sad to see some of the damage.
By tender to Akaroa, a lovely little seaside town. We were lucky here to be meeting relations who whisked us round the area, we had a view of Christchurch, very sad to see some of the damage. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
Went for the "On your own" tour. Adequate. Startling at how city still affected by earthquake. Makes you appreciate a more stable home town. Bus trip from Akaroa to Christchurch worth the ride.
Went for the "On your own" tour. Adequate. Startling at how city still affected by earthquake. Makes you appreciate a more stable home town. Bus trip from Akaroa to Christchurch worth the ride. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
We anchored at Akaroa and tendered ashore. No problem with the 'chair, hobbled on with crutches and support from the crew while they stored the 'chair on board. Akaroa is a beautiful town on a beautiful harbour and we had ... Read More
We anchored at Akaroa and tendered ashore. No problem with the 'chair, hobbled on with crutches and support from the crew while they stored the 'chair on board. Akaroa is a beautiful town on a beautiful harbour and we had perfect weather for it. "Fesh & Cheps" at the HarBar was wonderful. Maori greeting in the park was wonderful as well. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2012
Monday 24 December - We anchored at 7am and then caught tenders into the port of Akaroa, which was then a 90min drive to Christchurch. Ships used to dock at Lyttleton, which is much closer to Christchurch, but have not been able to do so ... Read More
Monday 24 December - We anchored at 7am and then caught tenders into the port of Akaroa, which was then a 90min drive to Christchurch. Ships used to dock at Lyttleton, which is much closer to Christchurch, but have not been able to do so since the earthquake. As it's a relatively new port, it was hard to organise excursions online before we left, so we winged it and were able to nab a driver to take us into Christchurch for the day. He was another gem, by the name of Grant with a great van (complete with a step that automatically glided out for passengers to alight, we were all impressed by the novelty value of it!) He took us in via the scenic route, with beautiful views looking down on the ship over Akaroa Bay. Grant's contact details are grantianmcdonald@gmail.com with www.toursouth.co.nz It was very sobering to be so close to the destruction in the Christchurch CBD. So many vacant lots that were buildings now demolished and plenty more still to be removed. The most poignant was a memorial of 160+ white chairs on a corner block -- one for every life lost. Each chair is different to represent the different lives, but it was the white baby capsule that really got me. Our driver Grant was on his way into the CBD when the quake hit, he said the car wobbled so much it felt like someone had shot his tyres out. He ended up being stuck in gridlock in the CBD for hours afterwards. His house at least was on the untouched side of the city though. The damage to both the Catholic & Anglican cathedrals is very dramatic. Both are still partially standings, but bring to mind images of crumpled buildings in London during the Blitz. The main shopping mall has been "rebuilt" in shipping containers, certainly a different shopping environment to what we're used to. The Botanical Gardens are virtually untouched and so beautiful. 12yo & I had fun finding the most fragrant bushes in the rose garden (Double Delight still the hands down winner). We enjoyed a punt on the River Avon, it was really beautiful gliding along with our "punter" Uni student Felix doing all the hard work. Also visited the Canterbury Museum, which I'd read had an excellent section on the earthquake that turned out to be OK but not as good as expected, still worthwhile visiting though. On the way back to the ship Grant took us on a detour to Birdlings Flat, an amazing beach area completely covered in flat pebbles instead of sand. Had a freaky start when he drove off the main track and we ended up bogged in pebbles -- but never fear, we 5 muscle bound Aussie's were soon out and actually managed to push him free. A 4WD just down the track was badly bogged and had to be pulled out by another vehicle, it took quite a while and ended up with pebbles all through the brake pads, making the most horrific screech as it finally drove out. The girls tried bumpy sunbathing, but the real highlight was that if you looked carefully at the pebbles many had coloured streaks through them, that when you wet and rubbed brought the colour out even further. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
We spent a lot of time in Christchurch pre-earthquake. It is now rather sad to visit. Much of the central city is still blocked off and the new construction doesn't look to be the equal of the old. That being said, the city is ... Read More
We spent a lot of time in Christchurch pre-earthquake. It is now rather sad to visit. Much of the central city is still blocked off and the new construction doesn't look to be the equal of the old. That being said, the city is worth a visit to see both the damage and the recovery efforts. We took the bus into town available as you leave the ship. It's cheaper that the ship's offering. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Docked in Akaroa- This is a Tender port. There were plenty of local vendors dockside as we arrived who were selling tours. You can pay cash to the vendors directly or pay the dockside I-site rep with a credit card. We used Akaroa tours ... Read More
Docked in Akaroa- This is a Tender port. There were plenty of local vendors dockside as we arrived who were selling tours. You can pay cash to the vendors directly or pay the dockside I-site rep with a credit card. We used Akaroa tours for the $45 round trip to Christchurch with a drop off at the I-site next to Canterbury Museum. No need to take the shuttle to the red zone for an additional $15 unless you are unable to walk the four blocks to Cathedral Square. You can walk through most of the damaged area along the sidewalk although all the destroyed /damaged buildings are fenced off. Follow the river along Oxford Terrace for the Re:Start Mall shopping area made from shipping containers. Akaroa is rich in French history and has many small Cafe's and a beach near the dock. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
The ship actually stopped in Akaroa - and then passengers could take an excursion to Christchurch. We explored Akaroa which a sleepy little seaside village with French influences. I got the feeling that Akaroa comes to life whenever a ... Read More
The ship actually stopped in Akaroa - and then passengers could take an excursion to Christchurch. We explored Akaroa which a sleepy little seaside village with French influences. I got the feeling that Akaroa comes to life whenever a cruise ship comes along - it was definitely a tourism driven town. Tenders were required to get to and from Akaroa. This was an efficient process managed well by the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2013
We used a tender to go across to Akaroa. The town has French history and is stunning. We explored the lighthouse then looked around this charming town. Enjoyed a glass of local wine and drank in the spectacular views.
We used a tender to go across to Akaroa. The town has French history and is stunning. We explored the lighthouse then looked around this charming town. Enjoyed a glass of local wine and drank in the spectacular views. Read Less

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