A World Away Just Down The Road!

Travel on the Akaroa Shuttle to visit this picturesque harbour village:

Akaroa Direct Shuttle Service

$50 per person return, $35 one way - Adult

$40 return, $30 - one way - Child (under 18 years)

$12 per bike




Complimentary central city pick ups from -

  • Bealey Avenue (opposite All Stars Inn)

  • 154 Bealey Avenue (north of Sports Med)

  • Novotel Hotel

  • Bus Interchange 

  • Departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside Canterbury Museum


Airport pick uP

Pre-booked pickup and drop off available - $15 per person

Commodore & Sudima Hotel pick up/drop off - $10 per person


Book your bus to Akaroa, free phone 0800 500 929 (NZ only) or book online.

Travel time between Christchurch and Akaroa approximately 1.5 - 2 hours


    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). 





Charter Buses

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: 03 3794 260, or email info@akaroashuttle.co.nz

Rebuild tours

The Rebuild Tour offers a unique guided experience around the ever-changing post-earthquke Christchurch City centre. Tours operate 7 days

Bookings and more information

Departure Times

See the Shuttle timetable