Experience the Banks Peninsula with us on a local tour around the inner coast of Akaroa Harbour extinct volcano, stopping along the way at magical view points and visiting our local award-winning boutique producers in New Zealand’s only French settlement.
On this tour, you will taste a selection of wines from Banks Peninsula’s prominent vineyard. You will discover how the geology of the area contributes to the flavour of those unique wines. The scenic beauty of this area is breathtaking as we stop “A la French” to enjoy a glass with a view, you will learn the history of the original French settlers and how they planted their first vines in this unique terroir, creating today the distinctive flavours from our region.
Enjoy wine tastings with delicious locally-made seasonal accompaniments including our award-winning local cheeses. If you are a wine connoisseur, then this tour is a must-do while you are in the area.
The Bonjour Akaroa Tour
A Taste of Akaroa
Explore Akaroa harbour’s hidden treasures while learning about our unique history and geology as we visit some of our local award-winning producers and take in the tranquil surroundings and gorgeous vistas as we go.
Banks peninsula has many small boutique organic producers and it is inside the cosy French Peak cellar door or on a nice sunny day in a lovely courtyard overlooking the vineyard where you will taste some of their organic wines.
Tasting of French Peak wines include:
- Pinot Noir
- Pinot Gris
- Tasting platter of local produce to accompany the tasting – smoked salmon, cheeses, pates from local butcher and other local seasonal produce.
- Optional walk through French Peak Vineyard to learn all about bio-dynamic techniques, soil health and organic growing on the Banks Peninsula.
Other stops include:
- Gin tasting at the Akaroa Gin distillery to open your pallet to Banks Peninsula natural plants.
- Visit to the Old French Road Olive Grove and see what it takes to produce award-winning olive oil and other products.
- Scenic photo stops and commentary as we go.
You taste, we drive; and as we go, it makes for an afternoon delight.
Tour length: 1.30pm to 4.30 – 5pm
Depart from: Wildside booking office at Unit 2, 8 Rue Balguerie (just behind the BNZ bank)
Price: $125 per person (minimum 4) – All inclusive
Group size: If you are less than 4, feel free to call us to check if we already have some bookings.
Please note that we need to give 48 hours notice to the producers will be stopping at. We might have a tour running so if you decide to join on the day please call us as we might already be running.
Akaroa Experience Package
Banks Peninsula from Sea to the Land
Starting with a thrilling harbour cruise to discover Akaroa’s wildlife and history, you will then be taken on a journey to taste some of Banks Peninsula award-winning local produces including cheese and wines to finally finish the day with an aperitif at Ma Maison restaurant overlooking the water.
Discover our local food and wine paired with locals sharing this special part of New Zealand with you as they take you around to see our unique wildlife and stunning scenery.