A World Away Just Down The Road!
Journey with Akaroa Shuttle from Christchurch City around the foothills of Banks Peninsula to the historic French settlement of Akaroa.
Akaroa was first settled by Maori probably around 700 - 800 years ago. The first Europeans to sight Banks Peninsula included English explorer James Cook in the 1700s, and European and American sealers and whalers.
French whaling captain Jean Francois Langlois returned to France after a visit in the early 1800s with a land deed signed by local Maori. The Comte de Paris brought about 60 mainly French settlers to Akaroa in 1840 (there were a smattering of Germans on board too). Although New Zealand had already been claimed by Britain, Akaroa was the only French settlement in the country and descendants of the original settlers still live locally.
Many of the original homes also still exist - wander up some side streets and see them side by side with contemporary kiwi baches (holiday homes).
Travel with the Akaroa Shuttle to visit this picturesque harbour village:
Akaroa Direct Shuttle Service
$50 per person return, $35 one way
To book your excursion to Akaroa, phone free 0800 500 929 (NZ only) or book online.
Whether you need transport for a wedding, conference, social or sports club, Akaroa Shuttle can provide vehicles and drivers to get your group from A to B. Our comfortable modern fleet includes buses and coaches in a range of sizes, and our drivers have a wealth of local knowledge and experience. Phone us for a competitive quote: 03 3794 260, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Zone tours
Journey behind the scenes of Christchurch's CBD Red Zone. A unique opportunity to gain insight into what happened as a result of the earthquakes. Tours operate 7 days
See the Akaroa Scenic Tours & Shuttle Timetable view timetable
Complimentary pick up from inner city accommodation. Service departs from Rolleston Avenue (outside the Museum), Montreal Street (between Hereford Street and Worcester Blvd), Intercity 126 Bealey Avenue, and Chateau on the Park (Kilmarnock Street).
Airport Pick-up and Drop-offs available. Charge $15 per person