48 Christchurch Cruise Reviews

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
The ship had to dock at Akaroa, due to the earthquake that had damaged the harbour. It was 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch. We first of all stopped at a winery for a light lunch, which was very light and not impressive. We then went on to ... Read More
The ship had to dock at Akaroa, due to the earthquake that had damaged the harbour. It was 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch. We first of all stopped at a winery for a light lunch, which was very light and not impressive. We then went on to Christchurch to look at the Botanic Gardens and finish off with a punt on the Avon. The photos taken at the punt were great value and well worth the $20 they cost. Our gondolier also serenaded us. It was a shame that city has been pulled down, very sad to see so many old and beautiful buildings gone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
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 October 2012
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
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 December 2010
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
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 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
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 February 2012
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 January 2011
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
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
Sail Date February 2013
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 December 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
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

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