We will be in Akaroa for a day January 8. What can you suggest we see.
What are your interests and expectations? What tours are offerred by the cruise company? Do you want to take a tour in to Christchurch? Do you want to stroll around the small town?
I see you have asked similar questions in a number of NZ forums. Could I suggest that you buy a guide book on New Zealand, and decide which of the many sights would be interesting to you.
I agree, The Giants House, really different & out of it.
Also Swim with the Dolphins, or one of the boats trips on the harbour.
If you have not been exposed to sheep farming, this is brilliant
There is just the one cruise ship in on the 8th but I would recommend you book your activities beforehand as places are limited on the cruise ship days and I hear that some prices when booked through the ships are inflated.
A return trip into the city will take up to 4 hours on a coach and there is not a lot to see in the city with all the demolition & construction going on from the earthquakes.
I would not bother with the Giants House unless you really have nothing better to do. Its a trudge up a steep hill, a demand for $20/head at the gate and a wander around a garden where a mosaic hobby has gotten totally out of control. An hour and a half of my life that I will never get back.
This year on our pass through Akaroa we are hiring mountain bikes from Akaroa Adventure Centre. We get a lift to the summit of a nearby hill/mountain and I am promised "long downhill" stretches and only "shortish uphill" climbs. I reckon the description of the uphill bits are lies but we are going regardless. :)
In prior visits to Akaroa we have also considered the swimming with the dolphins excursion. This trip always gets good reviews. We will do it one day (when we aren't such sooks about cold water).
Or if you want to see penguins and seals and go sea kayaking at a marine reserve you could head over to Flea Bay. I haven't done the tour but it is a beautiful spot
try lunch at the old hotel in the main street...
The atmosphere of the old french village is superb and scenic. Plenty of boats to watch the dolphins or snorkel....
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