Akaroa Experience package

Harbour Cruise

Local Produce

Specially Made Cocktails

Wildlife and Natural environment

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 Ecoseaker Harbour Cruise with Steve at the helm of his Ray-glass 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 maybe encounter some of its unique habitants, the Hector's Dolphins.

Following your thrilling harbour cruise, it will be time for you and your group 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 cheese, smoke salmon, cured meat and more seasonal produce.

Your guide will explain why that produce is so exceptional and the process of how it is grown and made. As a bonus, you can ask to stop on the way back to meet the producers behind it all and purchase these goodies.

You and your group will finish the day with a cocktail especially 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 your afternoon with a glorious view of the stunning harbour. Soft drinks options available too.

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 “Pōhatu Penguins – 24-hour package” to spend the night in the middle of a penguin colony and discover the wildside of Banks Peninsula, an ancient forest and the option to kayak the first marine reserve on the east-coast of the South Island. Bliss. 

Akaroa Experience Package

  • Adult

  • $210

  • Child

    5 to 15 years old*
  • $120

  • Add-on

    24 hour Pohatu Package
  • $135-$175

What to bring

  • Sun protection and water for the harbour cruise
  • Bring warm clothing in case the weather or the wind get a bit cold.
  • Binoculars. Although we provide some, you might want to bring your own as we might not have one per person.


  • 2.15pm: Meeting at the Pōhatu Penguins booking office situated just behind the BNZ bank at 2/8 Rue Balguerie
  • 2.30: Meet Steve for your harbour cruise and discover Akaroa harbour and learn stories from a 5th generation descendant of the original settlers
  • 4.30pm: Your group will be dropped off at the Tikao Bay wharf to continue on your journey where a minibus and your next guide will bring you to French Peak vineyard.
  • 6.00pm: return in Akaroa for an aperitive at Ma maison restaurant just by the water.
  • Start the previous day with the Pōhatu Penguins 24-hour tour and accommodation farmstay package. you and your group can meet at the Pōhatu Penguins booking office at 11.45am.
  • 12pm back in Akaroa for lunch and getting ready for your 2.30pm departure time.

Once in the bay, whether you have chosen to hike or continue with the guide, you will find yourself at Pōhatu's unique beach-front quirky accommodation. We have a cute cottage, a Tree- house and a Gypsy cabin to choose from.

With a fully equipped communal kitchen and BBQ area to relax and unwind.

Please note:

  • The harbour cruise part of the trip requires a minimum of 4 people. But even if there are less of you, the tour might go ahead as Steve might have other clients on his normal cruise. So please feel free to contact us to check availability.

Only in Akaroa for the day?

If you do not have the time to stay late or overnight in Akaroa, consider our Scenic Nature tours that would allow you to see penguins up close in nesting sites.

Check out also our 24 hour Pohatu package

Experience a night right in the middle of the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand! Our cosy units are available to enable you to spend more time at Pōhatu Bay and free time to relax and explore Pōhatu´s many secret places. The accommodation is located within easy walking distance of our beautiful safe sandy beach.