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11 Helpful Votes
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 2014
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: November 2013
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: 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
1 Helpful Vote
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: 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
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
6 Helpful Votes
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
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: 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
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
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 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: February 2013
The port isn't Christchurch but rather Akaroa. A quaint little hospitable town on the coast. We had made prior arrangements to go on the Up Close Coast motor boat tour of the harbor for 2 hours. We got up close to a blue penguins, ... Read More
The port isn't Christchurch but rather Akaroa. A quaint little hospitable town on the coast. We had made prior arrangements to go on the Up Close Coast motor boat tour of the harbor for 2 hours. We got up close to a blue penguins, dolphins that entertained us and various sea birds. IT was delightful to be out in the sun and in the open air. We had lunch afterwards at a deli toward the left of town. We purchased BNew Zealand woolens at a wool shop on Church Road - things are not inexpensive but she will ship items home to you and that will save the GST (tax). My husband found some hiking trails to the right of town. Read Less

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