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.
Banks peninsula has many small boutique organic vineyards and it inside the cosy French Peak cellar door or on a nice sunny day in a lovely courtyard over looking the vineyard that you will taste some of their organic wines.
Tasting of French Peak wines include:
Pinot Noir 2020
Pinot Gris 2021
Tasting platter of local produces to accompany the tasting - smoke salmon, cheeses, pates from local butcher and other local seasonal produces.
Optional walk through french peak vineyard to learn all about bio-dynamic technics, 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.
Gin tasting at the Akaroa Gin distillery (Thursdays to Sundays only)
You taste, we drive; and as we go, it makes for an afternoon delight.
1.30pm to 4.30 - 5pm
Wildside booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)
$125 per person (minimum 4) - All inclusive
If you are less than 4, feel free to call us to check if we already have some bookings.
Please note that we need to give 48 hours notice to the producers will be stopping at. We might have a tour running so if 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.
2.30pm to 6pm
Pohatu penguins booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)
$210 per adult and $120 per children
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.
The Banks Peninsula Wine tour.