International Antarctic Centre & Manderley Farm
Akaroa, New Zealand
- Akaroa to Christchurch: View the dramatic vistas traveling from Akaroa to the city of Christchurch along New Zealand's beautiful Banks Peninsula.
- International Antarctic Centre: Experience what life is like in Antarctica at this interactive museum (complete with rescued penguins) for people of all ages.
- Manderley Farm: Learn about herding, shearing, and raising sheep then sip tea and chat with the proprietors at this sheep farm and homestead near Akaroa.
About This Akaroa Tour
Being a traveler is easy in New Zealand. All it requires is that you experience things first hand and participate rather than just observe. In New Zealand the locals are so charming and the activities so inviting that you can't help but be lured into this magical world down under. And that's especially true on this GoBe tour, which gives you plenty of opportunities to be a traveler with two polar opposite (pun intended) experiences.
Your first chilling stop is the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch, designed to simulate scenarios of exploration in Antarctica, from surviving an arctic storm to a taking a virtual 4D cruise through freezing waters. While geographically close to Antarctica, this may be the closest you get to the continent. Exhibits at this interactive museum will put you in the (snow)shoes of polar explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Capt. Robert Falcon Scott.
Then, warm up from the arctic cold over tea with sheep farmers Mary and Ross Millar, owners of Manderley Farm. Mary and Ross will give you the scoop on sheep farming (something you probably don't chat much about at home). Be wowed at the agility, strength, and intelligence of sheep dogs as you watch a sheep herding demonstration. See what a close shave looks like as you witness some good old-fashioned sheep shearing. Visiting this farm overlooking Lake Forsyth on the stunning Banks Peninsula is just the type of experience a true traveler seeks but few get to actually experience.
The desert cold of Antarctica
If the word "desert" conjures images of heat and sand, think again. Antarctica, Earth's fifth-largest – and coldest – continent, located just south of New Zealand, is considered a desert despite the fact that it's covered in ice. That's because it rarely rains (or snows) in Antarctica, but when it does, it immediately turns to ice, which builds up over the years.
Please exit the gangway area or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
There is ample time for a refreshment break at the Antarctic Centre and at the Botanic Gardens. Bring cash or credit cards for purchases. The drive between Akaroa and Christchurch is approximately 1.45 hours each way.
Must walk approximately 0.25 mile over varying uneven terrain, inclines and steps. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Full Day, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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