The first of 91 cruise ship visits this summer to Akaroa is due to arrive on 5 October 2019 and the last on 18 April 2020. The days are getting longer and warmer with just under 20 degrees celcius often reached and nice, calm spring days. The Port of Lyttelton (we also do tours from there to Arthurs Pass etc) is expecting 25 cruise ship visits. The new cruise ship wharf is still under construction in Lyttelton, due to be finished Oct 2020.....from then cruise ship numbers visiting Akaroa are expected to decrease(30-40) and in Lyttelton increase (70) with capacity for the larger ships. Akaroa is 1.5 hours and 90 km/50 miles from Christchurch while Lyttelton is a suburb of Christchurch 15 minutes drive from the centre (16 km/10 miles).