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The Bonjour Akaroa tour

A taste of Akaroa.

Explore Akaroa harbour's hidden treasures while learning about our unique history and geology as we visit some of our local award-winning producers and take in the tranquil surroundings and gorgeous vistas as we go.

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Banks peninsula has many small boutique organic vineyards but some are off the beaten track for our tour so we bring them to you for a taste while at the cosy French Peak cellar door or on a nice sunny day in a lovely courtyard over looking the vineyard.

You may be trying some of these wines on our experience along with a selection from French Peak.

  • Cross Hares

  • Whistling Buoy

  • Black Estate

  • Meniscus

  • Our selection does vary depending on availability but there will be a selection of five boutique wines for you to try.

  • Tasting platter of local produce to accompany the tasting.

  • Optional walk through french peak vineyard to learn all about bio dynamics, soil health and organic growing on the Banks peninsula.

  • Visit to Old french Road Olive grove and see what it takes to produce award winning olive oil and other products.

  • Optional visit for a group of 6 or more to Kingfisher smoke house Takamatua and learn all about how to smoke Akaroa salmon with an interesting tour through the smokehouse.

  • Scenic Photo stops and commentary as we go.

  • You taste, we drive; and as we go, it makes for an afternoon delight.

Tour length:

1.30pm to 4pm - 4.30PM

Depart from:

Wildside booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)

Price:

$115 per adult

Group size:

 Minimum 2 people in the summer months and minimum 4 or more between April and November.

Note:

Please note that we need to give 24 hours notice to the producers will be stopping at. We might have a tour running so you decide to join on the day please call us as we might already be running.

Akaroa Experience Package

Banks Peninsula from Sea to the Land

Starting with a thrilling harbour cruise to discover Akaroa's wildlife and history, you will then be taken on a journey to taste some of Banks peninsula award-winning local produces including cheese and wines to finally finish the day with an aperitif at Ma Maison restaurant overlooking the water.

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Tour length:

2.30pm to 6pm

Depart from:

Pohatu penguins booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)

Price:

$195 per adult and $110 per children

Group size:

 For group from 4 to 12 people. If your group is smaller, feel free to get in touch as we might have other clients already booked.

Search no more the full Akaroa experience has everything that you and your group needs to properly discover all aspects of Akaroa.

Discover our local food and wine paired with locals sharing this special part of NZ with you as they take you around to see our unique wildlife and stunning scenery.

 

For your escapade in Akaroa join Eco seekers harbour cruise with Steve at the helm of his Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat that you will discover the beauty of the water and seeking to encounter some of its unique habitant the Hector dolphins.

 

Following your thrilling harbour cruise, it will be time to relax and open up your taste buds at French peak vineyard with Renan. There, either in its cosy cellar door or on a nice sunny day in a lovely courtyard overlooking the vineyard, you and your group will discover some of the award-winning local produce of Banks Peninsula with wine tasting and a platter to share including cheeses, smoke salmon, cured meat and more seasonal produces.

 

Your guide will tell you why those produces are so exceptional and all about the processes of how it is all gown and made. And if you would like you can ask to stop on the way back to meet the producers behind it and purchase these goodies.

You will finish the day with a cocktail specially made for our tour by award winning Ma Maison restaurant on the waterfront. This cocktail is a taste of Akaroa and a nice way to end you afternoon with a glorious view.

 

But your journey doesn’t have to stop here, if you wish to make your excursion in Akaroa longer and escape it all, simply add “Pohatu penguins – 24-hour package” to spend the night in the middle of a penguin colony and discover the Wildside of Banks Peninsula, ancient forest and the option to kayak the first marine reserve on the east coast of the South Island.

Coming soon:
  • The Banks Peninsula Wine tour.

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space-limited, ever popular experience!

Banks Peninsula Wine Tour

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What could be more “A la French” than spending some of your day on a scenic drive around beautiful Akaroa and tasting the best we have to offer!  Say ‘Oui’ to this small group tour of the French village of Akaroa.

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