Rental cars and tours Akaroa
The port of Akaroa is a tender port. The tenders disembark at the main wharf. At the end is where the ships’ tours depart. There is also a line of independent operators selling tours, rental cars and bus trips. These operators are local and from Christchurch.
For many of these it is fine to turn up and take your chances. However, if there is something you specifically want to do or you definitely want a car for the day then I suggest you pre book it directly with the provider as many of the options sell out quickly.
If you are happy to organise yourself there are many tours available at Akaroa. Cruise passengers need to be aware that many operators have limited capacity and once they are booked up that’s it for the day. It’s first in first served so pre-booking online is a really good option to make sure you get what you want with the company you want.
There are no large rental car companies due to a lack of facilities for parking, cleaning and storage so if you want a car it is advisable to pre-book it. This can also save time with the paperwork on the day as you can fill it in scan and return for us to print out.
We all know the ship companies put large mark ups on the product they sell on board. They also have guarantees regarding getting you back to the ship, tours that are different to others available on shore and onshore contacts to get you to where you need to be and most likely you will be off the ship before the independent passengers. For some people this is the best option.
Pre Book to ensure availability
We are noticing more and more that people are waiting to see what the weather is like and how they feel on the day. We are fielding more and more frantic last minute phone calls from people wanting everything from a mini bus to a car. If you really want it pre-book it or if you are happy to take your chances be prepared for disappointment or changing your plans.
You get what you pay for. The car we provide is clean, reliable, regularly serviced and well maintained. It is spacious and comfortable with leather seats, sun roof, auto air conditioning, auto transmission and auto 4WD.