Silversea Luxury Cruises Nach AKAROA

AKAROA
AKAROA

With pretty painted cottages, overflowing verdant balconies and street names such as Rue Lavaud and Fleur Lane, you could be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped onto the streets of Provence upon arrival in Akaroa. And yet, here you are, in New Zealand’s South Island, less than 50 kilometres from Christchurch. The French connection stems from 1838, when Captain Jean Francois Langlois acquired the land for six British pounds (and questionable circumstances) from the Maoris. View more

He then travelled home to France in order to bring back anyone who might want to join him in his new life. However, during his travels, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed (signatories included two Akaroa Maori chiefs) and New Zealand's first Governor, Hobson, declared sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand. Thus when Langlois and his settlers arrived back, they were faced with a choice: either return home to France or stay on. They chose the latter, and their legacy prevails. There are many stunning places on the coast of New Zealand, but none of them can quite hold a candle to Akaroa. Visually, it is stunning. Surrounded by natural wonders, the town (Maori for “Long Harbour”) stands on a peninsula formed by two volcanic cones, and is self-styled as nature’s playground. Such a moniker might seem superlative for other destinations, but not here: sheep graze almost right to the water’s edge, dolphins are regularly spotted in the many small, secluded bays and Lord of the Rings grandeur stretches as far as the eye can see.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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Exkursionen in AKAROA

Akaroa Harbour Cruise

Indulge your senses with the splendid coastal beauty of New Zealand during this exclusive and intimate Akaroa harbour and nature cruise via catamaran.


Depart the pier aboard your comfortable catamaran, Into the Blue, and commence your approximately two-hour nature cruise around Akaroa Harbour. This harbour is host to amazing bird-life and sea mammals, including the Hector's dolphin, the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world. The area is also home to New Zealand fur seals, blue penguins, fascinating seabirds, salmon, and paua farms.


As you glide along Akaroa Harbour aboard your fast, stable and manoeuvrable catamaran, explore the sea caves, high cliffs and volcanic rock formations of this spectacular seascape. During this memorable cruise experience, relax with a refreshing beverage and home-made baked goods as your guide recounts the region's history, geology, ecology, and Maori heritage and traditions.


Your cruise concludes back at the pier.

Christchurch Restaurant Tram & Botanic Gardens

Experience scenic Christchurch in a unique new way during this panoramic sightseeing excursion via tram and trolley.


Christchurch, City Centre, Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

Depart the pier for the narrated, approximately 90-minute drive to Christchurch. Upon arrival, experience a unique Christchurch activity that is not to be missed. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch's city centre aboard the beautifully-restored Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, the only one of its kind in New Zealand.


Morning/Afternoon Tea, Sightseeing, Cathedral Junction, Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, New Regent Street

The tram incorporates a delicious morning tea with a sightseeing tour showcasing Christchurch's inner-city vibrancy and heritage; truly a mix of old-and-new. Your driver imparts information about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Cathedral Junction, the Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street are just some of landmarks to be seen from the comfort of your tram. Following your tram-ride, your Christchurch experience continues with a walk to the nearby Botanic Gardens.


Botanic Gardens, Caterpillar Trolley-Ride, Native and Exotic Flora, Free Time

Upon arrival, board the 'Caterpillar', an electric, open-sided trolley-bus that takes you on a narrated tour through the Botanic Gardens. Admire these wonderfully impressive gardens, with their mixture of seasonal colours and diverse plant-life, and view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the Botanic Gardens at your leisure.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 90-minute drive back to the pier.

Christchurch at Your Leisure

Explore the rebuilding of historic Christchurch following its devastating 2011 earthquakes during this full-day tour of the city at your leisure. This is the perfect tour for all those who would like to explore the city without the help of a local guide.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier and travel through the small bays around the harbour, up to the Hilltop and then passing the township of Little River and Tai Tapu, heading to Christchurch. Your driver/guide will give you a brief orientation and point out the places of interest that you might like to visit during your time in the city.


Christchurch & Free Time

Places of interest include the Canterbury Museum; punting on the Avon River; the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and the iconic Ballantynes department store. You might like to take a sightseeing tour of the city or view the city by foot joining a walking tour with a local guide - local tours may be purchased independently upon arrival in the city. The earthquakes of late 2010 to early 2011 have left a unique mark on the city centre which gives a fascinating insight into post-earthquake recovery.


Following your self-exploration of the city, re-board your coach from the same point at the appointed time for the approximate 1.5-hour drive back to Akaroa and your waiting ship.

Discover Christchurch

Take this opportunity of witnessing the rebuild of Christchurch after its disastrous earthquakes of 2011. Until recently, the centre of Christchurch was red-zoned, but in recent months the area has been re-opened and it is now possible to see many of the physical changes.


Departing Akaroa, the coach makes its way across Banks Peninsula over Gebbies Pass, and continues on to the Port Hills. A short stop at the Sign of the Takahe offers breath-taking views over Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, and through to the Southern Alps.


Journey down to the city centre where you transfer to a Double Decker Open bus (weather permitting) for a fun and informative tour. Discover first hand why Christchurch is known as 'The Garden City' and is considered one of the most English-styled cities outside England. Learn about Christchurch's fascinating history from the pioneering days through to modern times.


On tour, view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes and learn how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings. Your driver-guide will share aspects of the exciting vision and plans to rebuild and restore the inner city. The local guide offers full running commentary, interwoven with stories and information as you circuit the city and the expanse of Hagley Park.


Afterwards, spend some free time to explore at your leisure, shop, or sample some local fare from one of many restaurants and cafés (at guest's own expense). Time will also be available to browse the many boutique shops in the Restart Mall and surrounding streets before re-joining your coach and returning to your ship in Akaroa.


Your tour concludes with a transfer back to the pier in Akaroa.

Fresh from the Wharf Cooking Class

Spend a half-day discovering the secrets of preparing Akaroan cuisine during this fun-filled and informative cooking class at the Akaroa Cooking School.


Akaroa Cooking School

Depart the pier for the short walk to the Akaroa Cooking School. Upon arrival, meet Lou or Ant Bentley, your instructor for the day. The class showcases a number of outstanding dishes using only locally-caught fish and shellfish purchased from a local fisherman at the end of the wharf; just seconds from the cooking school. The dishes are complemented with a bounty of fantastic local produce available on Banks Peninsula, including the country's best olive oils, local honey, nuts, and fresh organic fruits and vegetables.


Refreshment, Cooking Class with Lou or Ant Bentley, Lunch

After a snack of tea or coffee served with freshly-baked pastries, your class begins with a lesson on how to source great fresh seafood, what to look out for when buying fish, diverse cooking techniques, cooking shellfish, and how to store your fish after purchasing or catching it. Next, you will witness the preparation of the seafood dishes, which are served for lunch following the class. Each dish is matched with award-winning local wines that are also available for purchase.


At the conclusion of your cooking class, time is made available for shopping in scenic Akaroa before commencing the short walk back to the pier.

Journey into Middle Earth

Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Mt. Sunday and Mt. Potts Station, settings for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Canterbury Plains, Morning Tea, Mt. Somers, Southern Alps, Lake Clearwater

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive over the farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps and Mt Somers Village, where a stop is made for morning tea. Re-board your coach and continue inland from Mt. Somers towards the heart of the Southern Alps. Along the way, a photo stop is made at Lake Clearwater. On a clear day, this alpine lake features spectacular panoramic views over the lake and mountain chain that forms the backbone of the South Island.


Mt. Potts Station, Mt. Sunday, Edoras, High Country, Free Time, Lord of the Rings Photo Opportunity

Next, continue on to the remote and beautiful Mt. Potts Station, home of Mt. Sunday. Upon arrival, see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into 'Edoras', one of the most stunning and recognisable Lord of the Rings filming locations, and the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural unspoiled beauty of the high country's sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh mountain air. Some free time is made available here to explore this magical landscape, and have your photo taken with Lord of the Rings replica swords.


Mt. Somers Village and Memorial Hall, Lunch

Following your visit, re-board your coach and proceed to nearby Mt. Somers Village for a rustic lunch stop at the Mt. Somers Memorial Hall. After lunch, re-board your coach and enjoy the spectacular scenery during the approximately three-hour drive back to Akaroa which will include a comfort stop.

Paua Bay Hill Country Farm

Embrace the splendid beauty of Banks Peninsula during this memorable excursion to a traditional New Zealand hill country farm.


Scenic Coastal Drive & Akaroa

Depart the pier with your driver-guide for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Paua Bay Farm. Drive through the charming village of Akaroa, which was the first South Island settlement established by the French & British settlers in 1840. Their French and Victorian influences are reflected in Akaroa's quaint wooden houses and pretty gardens. Leaving Akaroa, take in panoramic views overlooking Akaroa Harbour, the Pacific Ocean, an extinct volcano and some of Banks Peninsula's hidden eastern bays before arriving at the Paua Bay Farm.


Paua Bay Farm Visit

Sixth-generation French descendants of the John's family welcome your arrival at Paua Bay Farm. Your visit to the farm begins with a picturesque and informative tour conducted by its owner, Murray Johns or a member of his family. During a visit to the shearing shed, learn about the family and farm history, and how modern-day farming has evolved since 1837.


Sheep-Shearing & Sheepdog Exhibitions

After a sheep-shearing exhibition, Murray's son William or one of the farm hands demonstrates how important sheepdogs are to the operation of the farm by having his expertly-trained dogs muster a mob of sheep over the steep hills and into the sheep yards. Here, you are invited to help separate the sheep before proceeding for a visit to the family homestead and its cottage gardens, which are surrounded by native bush.


Your tour concludes with refreshments served by Murray's wife, Sue before driving back to the pier.

Scenic Peninsula & Giant's House

Explore three of the Akaroa area's best known attractions on this half-day excursion.


Depart the pier via coach with your driver-guide for the short drive from Akaroa through Duvauchelles Bay towards the Hilltop Look out.


Hilltop Tavern

Spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour reward you from the Hilltop Tavern - a well-known resting point for well over a century when horse driven coaches travelled between Akaroa and Christchurch. Relax over a light refreshment on what is one of the most iconic views in New Zealand.


Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

Travel up onto the Summit Road for amazing views and great photo opportunities before dropping down into Okains Bay to visit the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum. Originally started as the private collection of Maori artefacts collected by a local resident, in 1968, the disused Okains Bay Cheese Factory was purchased and after many years of renovation, opened as a public Museum in 1977. The exhibits include a working Blacksmith's shop, a print shop, a saddlery, the restored school, Maori Meeting House and Colonial Hall, and the former Akaroa grandstand.


Giant's House

Next, make your way back into Akaroa for a visit to the famous Giant's House. This mosaic and sculpture garden was created around the first Bank Manager's home in Akaroa, built in 1880 of Totara and Kauri timbers. Admire a variety of unique garden artwork including mosaic steps, an extraordinary sculptural wall mosaic, welded steel sculptures and other creations. The garden, gallery and homestead are full of surprises.


Re-board the coach for the brief drive back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins

Akaroa Harbour, the flooded crater of an extinct volcano, is the ideal setting for an adventure that will have you swimming with some of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins. Grab your swimsuit and towel and set off for what may prove to be the highlight of your trip. This half-day active excursion features stunning scenery and the chance to swim with the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin.


Scenic Views, Local Wildlife

Step aboard a modern vessel and skim along scenic Banks Peninsula. Formed millions of years ago by the Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes, this dramatic landform is dotted with 500-foot-high cliffs, plunging palm-fringed gullies, and ancient lava flows in pink, purple and red. It shelters an equally stunning marine mammal sanctuary and a rich population of Hector's dolphin, yellow-eyed penguin, white-flippered penguin and the New Zealand fur seal.


Safety Briefing, Gear Fitting, Cruise & Swim, Hot Shower

Learn all about the region and enjoy up close views of abundant wildlife as your skipper guides his vessel to the best viewing areas. Your adventure includes approximately two hours of cruising with up to 45 minutes in the water with dolphins and all equipment is provided including wetsuits and mask and a hot shower afterwards.


Hector's Dolphins

Dolphins, along with whales and porpoises, are descendants of terrestrial mammals which entered the water roughly 50 million years ago. New Zealand, the only home of the rare Hector's dolphin designated Akaroa Harbour as its first marine mammal sanctuary in 1988. The boundaries were extended in 2008 and the preserve now reaches beyond Banks Peninsula to include coasts to the north and south and 12 nautical miles off-shore. Thanks to both public and community conservation work, dolphin numbers continue to rise.

Wildlife Cruise by Sailing Ketch

Experience the spectacular coastal scenery and marine life along the Banks Peninsula during this panoramic, half-day sailing excursion on Akaroa Bay.


Akaroa Harbour Cruise

Depart the pier aboard the Fox II, New Zealand's oldest gaff-rigged ketch with authentic rigging, two wooden masts, six genuine handmade tanbark sails, real copper fastenings, and authentic wooden blocks. You won't see any winches or gears on this vessel; it is sailed in the traditional way.


Sea Cliffs, Caves and Rock Formations, Banks Peninsula, Dolphins, Penguins, Seals, Seabirds

Cruise the waters of Akaroa Harbour, which occupies the blown-out crater of an extinct volcano and is surrounded by giant volcanic sea cliffs, caves and rock formations. You can relax and unwind, soak up the sun, sea, hills and coastal scenery of the Banks Peninsula, or take part in sailing the vessel as one of the crew. In addition, you may see some of the abundant marine life and bird species that call these waters home, including Hector's dolphins, yellow-eyed and blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, albatross, and other sea birds. Your tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.