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Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Willowbank Reserve

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: City Sights & Willowbank Reserve

From US$ 77.66 per person

A shore excursion that combines a half-day sightseeing tour of Christchurch and surrounding landmarks with admission and guided tour of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve where you'll be able to view the iconic Kiwi along with other native animals.

About this activity

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and a guided tour of the reserves ‘Natural New Zealand’
  • Guided sightseeing tour through Christchurch city highlighting the 2011 Earthquake damage, rebuild efforts and existing landmarks
  • Visit the Sign of the Takahe for a magnificent view over the city, coastline and Southern Alps
  • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinations
  • Have close encounters with native New Zealand animals including Kiwis, Tuatara & Takahe
Full description
Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic viewpoints on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with its pretty ponds and water features, then drive through the city center - once with its historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the Earthquake hitting the city in February 2011. See for yourself both the destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place. You will visit both the botanical garden in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. The tour includes entry to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve with a guided tour of the reserves ‘Natural New Zealand’. This tour illustrates some of the species that make up our totally unique native wildlife, flora, and culture. Here you will see some of our most endangered species, including the iconic Kiwi and learn about the work being done to preserve them.
  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fee to the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and guided tour
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Lyttelton Port. Meeting instructions will be sent to you upon booking.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • All tours are designed to meet the cruise ship's arrival and departure times, but if you are not returned to your ship prior to its departure, the local operator guarantees to get you to the next port of call
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • New Zealand weather can be very changeable - please bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
  •  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
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Product ID: 205321