If you are at the Lyttleton port and want to explore the day and get back to your Cruise ship before its departure, a day tour to Akaroa is a great choice. It is advised to do a private tour or a group tour so that you can return to your ship at the right time. Want to know what all things you can enjoy during your day tour to Akaroa from Lyttleton? Here are some of the things to see and do along the way.

Places to Stop on your way to Akaroa from Lyttleton Port

#1:- Picturesque sceneries from Governors Bay to Gebbies Pass:- If you are to Akaroa, you probably traveling from the inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour to Governors Bay and then onto Gebbies Pass. This is a great road to choose from as you can enjoy magnificent views across the harbor, animal farms, and greenish surroundings. A 45-minute drive will take you to the Akaroa highway near Lake Ellesmere.

#2:- Lake Ellesmere:- Lake Ellesmere, also known as Te Waihora, is a large coastal lagoon situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is located about 35 kilometers southwest of Christchurch and about 25 KM from the Lyttleton port. This is the 5th largest lake in NZ and covers an area of approximately 180 square kilometers. It is rich in biodiversity and habitat for various species of ducks, swans, herons, and wading birds. On a clear day, you will get a chance to enjoy the magnificent views across the lake to the Southern Alps.

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#3:- Hilltop Lookout Point:- On your way to Akaroa, you can stop near Hilltop lookout point. This is right to the Hilltop restaurant and it is a fantastic spot to see the whole of Akaroa Harbour from the Summit Drive.

#4:- Shamarra Alpacas:- There are certain tour operators who operate tours to Shamarra Alpacas farm from Lyttleton port. If you are a group of travelers, you can ask tour operators directly for customized tours. Shamarra Alpacas is a renowned alpaca farm located in Akaroa, and known for its exceptional breeding program and high-quality alpaca products. The farm was established by a passionate couple, and currently offers various tours and is thus a popular destination for alpaca enthusiasts and visitors alike. If traveling with kids, this is a must-see place in Akaroa.

#5:- Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory:- Just before reaching Akaroa, you’ll find Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory, a must-visit for those who wish to try different Cheeses.  A drive over to picturesque Akaroa is not complete without stopping on the way to the cheese factory. Operating since 1895 the milk is locally sourced and handcrafted using cloth and wax to mature. If you want to see cheese-making in operation you will need to be there by midday. With huge viewing windows, you will be able to watch the cheese makers in action. Tastings are on offer and then you may select from the wide range of tasty cheeses to suit all taste buds. Gift boxes are also available or you may just purchase them for yourself.

#6:- Akaroa Harbor:- Finally, arrive at Akaroa, there are a lot of things to see and enjoy. Originally settled by the French you will see their legacy in the street names. The town itself is very easily walked around with lots of interesting shops and cafes. You can also embark on a harbor cruise or go dolphin-watching, as Akaroa is home to a unique population of Hector’s dolphins. For those who want to sit and relax, there are so many cafes around. One of the must-try at Akaroa is Akaroa Fish & Chips.


So travelling to Lyttleton, Christchurch on a cruise ship, one of the best day tours you can have is the day trip to Akaroa. You can enjoy the stunning views this marvelous harbour town offers and come back to your ship before departure. If you are looking for other tour activities in Christchurch, please see the below tours.