Your privately chartered bus will leave St Margaret’s (convention venue) at 8:30 am heading across the Port Hills on its way to Banks Peninsula. Our destination today is the ever-popular Akaroa. Following the earthquakes, the small town of Akaroa has become the hub for visiting cruise ships over the summer months. With last ship for the season departing on the weekend prior to the convention, we will have plenty of space and time to explore without the summer crowds.
Heading around the bays with a short stop at Onawe Pa, we’ll arrive in Akaroa in time to board our 11am Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with Black Cat Cruises (weather permitting). Voted the number 1 wildlife activity in New Zealand, your award-winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, NZ native dolphin – the Hector’s Dolphin. You’ll also see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past. You might catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. There are many different bird species in the harbour, including five different cormorant (shag) species and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. You’ll perhaps see New Zealand Fur Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near Seal Bay.
On your return, enjoy lunch at one of the many local eateries – maybe even grab some fish ‘n’ chips to tuck into alongside the harbour!
Our tour will leave Akaroa at 2:00pm, returning via the scenic Summit Road and glorious views across the banks peninsula and Akaroa Harbour, back to the convention venue in time for dinner prior to the formal convention start
The cost of the trip includes return transportation to/from the convention venue and your Nature Cruise with Black Cat Cruises. Please note, that given the variety of options available, lunch is not provided as part of the cost.
Depart: 8:00 am
Return: 4:00 pm (approx)
Please note, in the event that there are insufficient registrations for a specific Field Trip, we may offer you the opportunity to join one of the other trips or in the worst-case refund your field trip ticket.
Rest assured we will do everything to make sure they run, and we’re confident that they will be great experiences for those able to take the opportunity to join us exploring the greater Canterbury area.