From Christchurch, follow State Highway 75 to Akaroa, passing through Halswell Village and Little River, up over the hills and down around Akaroa Harbour. Two shuttle companies operate regularly from Christchurch. Akaroa French Connection (tel. 0800/800-575 in NZ, or 03/366-4556; www.akaroabus.co.nz) has daily departures from Christchurch Visitor Centre and a complimentary pickup service from inner city accommodations. They charge NZ$49 round-trip. The Akaroa Shuttle (tel. 0800/500-929;www.akaroashuttle.co.nz) charges NZ$45 per person round-trip (cash only) for the direct shuttle service. Both make the 1-hour trip daily, and both also offer scenic tours; reservations are essential.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.