Akaroa Transportation

  • The French Connection on the way to Akaroa.
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    Rental Car - Best Option

    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are not planning to stay in Akaroa for a long period of time, then your best bet economically is to rent a car. Since it is located a fair distance away from Chirstchurch, you will not likely find a public transportation system that is suited to your timing. It is also a very small town, so the time it would take to find a cab to take you back would also not warrant the cost of your own vehicle.

    We rented in Christchurch at the airport, where most of the national chains were available.

    During our stay, Budget was the cheap one, and the four door sedan was fine for a family of four.

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    Akaroa Shuttles

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visitors without their own transport can easily make the trip to Akaroa - there are two companies offering a daily shuttle service.

    TheAkaroa Shuttle leaves from the Visitors Centre on Catheral Square in Christchurch, pickups may be possible from your acccommodation in the city.

    The French Connection Shuttle offers a similar service.

    Fares for both are $30 return, $20 one-way.
    The buses leaves Christchurch at around 8.30 am for the 1 1/2 hour journey, with some commentary, and a coupe of stops along the way - including the almost obligatory phot stop at the Hilltop viewpoint.

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    French Connection

    by rozehill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another bus company which goes to Akaroa and return daily.
    You can take a scenic day tour for $40 return

    departs Christchurch daily 9.30am aand departs Akaroa at 15.45 or 16.15

    Departs Chch ......8.45am....all year
    Deoarts Akaroa. 14.30..........all year

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    Akaroa Transport and Activity Company

    by Kakapo2 Written Oct 1, 2008

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    Everything for transportation and watersports.

    Destination Akaroa is a relatively new company that caters for independent travellers to Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.

    If you get to Akaroa by bus and there decide that you want explore Banks Peninsula more thoroughly, you can rent a car, motorbike or scooter there.

    Their cars are provided by Ace Rentals and cost from NZ$ 59 per day. They just have a couple of cars, and I think this is sufficient as still most people come to Akaroa either on guided bus tours or by rental car, so they are not overrun by people wanting to rent a car out there.

    To hire a motorbike is not cheap, they cost from NZ$ 60 for 2 hours.

    The same applies to scooters (50cc mopeds). NZ$ 30 for 1 hour.

    The service of this company does not end here. They also have boats for hire (4 hours = NZ$ 200 plus fuel, 8 hours = NZ$ 350 plus fuel), fishing and waterski combos (NZ$ 150 pp), and waterski (NZ$ 150 pp for 2.5 hours).

    Fishing charters come to NZ$ 100 pp for 3.5 hours and NZ$ 180 pp for 7 hours.

    Dive charters and groups on demand.

    Finally, they also offer accommodation and arrange other activities which you can also book at the Visitor Centre.

    Directions:

    You cannot miss the company. They have a striking orange coloured shed shortly after the right-hand turn from SH 75 into Rue Lavaud, beside the Grand Hotel, and opposite the La Rochelle Motel.

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    Akaroa Shuttle

    by Kakapo2 Written May 29, 2008

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    This competitor of the established French Connection offers different services. One of them is the direct shuttle service. A return ticket costs $ 30, a single trip $ 20. It includes short stops at Little River and the Hilltop Tavern.

    Daily departure from Christchurch (Cathedral Square) is 8.30am (plus additionally at 4.30pm on Fridays), from Akaroa (Visitor Centre) at 10.30am and 3.35pm.

    The Premier Scenic Coach Trip costs $ 40 ($ 25 one way). Departure from Christchurch is 10am, and Akaroa 3.35pm.

    The big difference of this trip and the trip with the French Connection is that this shuttle turns onto the Scenic Tourist Drive at the Hilltop Tavern. From there you have the most spectacular view of Akaroa Harbour and Onawe Peninsula which reaches far out into the harbour, no doubt about that. On the way back to Christchurch you have a stop at the cheese factory at Barrys Bay which is on the shortest route between A and C.

    The Scenic Banks Peninsula Lunch Tour in a ten seater coach which is on offer for $ 95 does not include much more scenery but a visit to French Far off the main road at Barrys Bay. There you will have lunch and wine tasting. The trip starts at 10.30am and takes about 6 to 6.5 hours, including free time in Akaroa.

    Contact:
    Phone (03) 348 5542
    Freephone (0800) 500 929
    Website: www.akaroashuttle.co.nz
    Email: info@akaroashuttle.co.nz

    From Akaroa you can book a trip on the Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run.

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    French Connection

    by Kakapo2 Written May 29, 2008

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    The French Connection on the way to Akaroa.

    I highly recommend to hire a car for a tour of Banks Peninsula – but if you are for whatever reason not able or not in the mood to do so there are still ways and means to at least get yourself to Akaroa.

    The best-known shuttle service is the French Connection which links Christchurch and Akaroa. And they do not just race from A to C but offer photo stops at scenic spots, like the beach of Birdlings Flat, the old railway station in Little River, the historic Hilltop Tavern from where you get the first great view of Akaroa Harbour (plus refreshments), and at Barrys Bay which has a nice lookout from the waterfront but is better known for its cheese factory. The stop includes a visit.

    The daily departure from Christchurch (Cathedral Square) is at 9.15am, arrival at Akaroa at 11.30am. Departure from Akaroa is at 4pm, arrival in Christchurch at about 5.40pm.
    The return fare is NZ$ 35.

    Contact:

    Phone (03) 366 4556
    Freephone (0800) 800 575
    Website: www.akaroabus.co.nz
    Email: akaroabus@xtra.co.nz

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    Christchurch International Airport (CHC)

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Akaroa is located about an hour outside of Christchurch (unless you drive like me!). Its a sleepy little community, but you will have to go through the hustle and bustle of Christchurch (ChCh) to get there.

    CHC airport however is pretty simple and easy to navigate. We came in on a flight from Melbourne and had little trouble clearing customs, collecting our baggage and getting on the road. We flew in on Qantas, but there are plenty of choices when flying to CHC.

    The following airports service CHC:

    Air New Zealand
    Qantas Airlines
    Singapore Airlines
    Pacific Blue
    Freedom Air
    Korean Air
    Jetstar
    Emirates

    We did not spend enough time in the airport to really notice anything out of the ordinary, but it did have all the conviences like Airline Loyalty lounges and the like.

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    Getting there...

    by CandS Updated Aug 13, 2006

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    We drove to Akaroa from Christchurch...it's only an hour or so by car but you can also do a scenic route which takes longer. I would recommend you go both ways (a round trip) so that you get to see all of the views along the way. :) Beware though, the roads are windy and if you get carsick, this might not be the place for you. I sometimes get car sick but luckily I was okay for this trip...

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    Akaroa Dolphins Harbour Cruise

    by CandS Updated Jul 4, 2006

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    We did a 2 hour cruise with Akaroa Dolphins...it was a really nice cruise and we got to see wild Hector dolphins, seals and blue penguins... The cruise costed NZ$52 each and we got a complimentary drink and a chocolate chip cookie.

    It was great because we had a nice sized boat with only 20 or so people on board...we had plenty of room to move around and we even took out lunch on board...

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    Akaroa Shuttle

    by imstress Written May 26, 2006

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    Akaroa shuttle provides you with shuttle bus from Christchurch to Akaroa. As the road to Akaroa is very windy, those who are inexperienced in driving may consider this option to reach Akaroa. The direct shuttle takes about an hour and cost $30 for a return trip and $20 for a single trip.

    The premier day trip coach will take about 2 hrs where stops are made at the Little River Craft and Gallery, rim of the extinct volcano and Barry's Bay Cheese Factory. Cost is $40 for return trip and $25 for one way and includes pick up from your accommodations.

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    Car

    by imstress Written May 21, 2006

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    Christchurch -> Akaroa (Stateway 75)

    We set off from Christchurch to Akaroa at around 11am and it took us more than 2 hrs to with a few stops in between to reach Akaroa.

    The roads were windy and almost puke on the way there. Our first stop was at the HillTop where we get to see the magnificant and paranomic view of the Banks Penisula.

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    French Connectin shuttle

    by Kate-Me Written Dec 31, 2005

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    Medium sized mini bus, $20 return (for a 1.5 hour journey each way from Christchurch) which we thought was a rather good deal, especially when we were the only ones on the bus on the return journey!
    Driver on the way down even gave a bit of a commentary, which is unusual for more or less an express service, and had a scheduled stop at a reasonably priced cafe high on the banks peninsula for 1/2 an hour (to give excursionists a chance to have a coffee before their dolphin cruises. )
    I thought the service was very good indeed. Our backpackers in Christchurch booked the bus ticket for us, and we were collected right at the door of our backpackers.

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    Akaroa Shuttle Bus

    by rozehill Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Shuttle Bus

    Summer Direct Shuttle timetable (November - April) Depart Christchurch Cathedral Square - Visitor Centre 8:30am and 2.00pm. Depart Akaroa Information Centre 10.30am 3:35pm and 4:30pm. $20pp return

    Winter timetable (May-October) Direct Shuttle Timetable. Departs Christchurch daily 8.30am from Christchurch Visitor Centre in Cathedral Square and 4.30pm only on Friday. Departs Akaroa 10.30am and 4.00pm from Akaroa Information Centre.

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    Shanks's Pony

    by rozehill Written Apr 5, 2003

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    worth the walk

    Shank's Pony..aka walking.... is the best mode of getting to see all there is to see in this quaint harbourside village.

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