Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, craft stores, and cafés. Relax in the sun at French Bay, or find a secluded beach of your own in one of the neighbouring bays.
Go cruising on the beautiful Akaroa harbour, you can choose from a variety of cruises including sailing around the harbour. View the stunning wildife including the Hectors dolphins. Enjoy Akaroa and the harbour for the week, your weekend, or just one day there’s an Akaroa Escape to suit your mood.
The beautiful harbour dominates the landscape and is home to a variety of sea and bird life including the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin.
Take the opportunity to explore this unique environment with one of our local operators. There are activities for everyone including wildlife cruises, sailing, swimming with the dolphins, boat hire and sea kayaking.
For those in search of relaxation there is nothing more satisfying than lazing on the sand as the family enjoy paddling at the safe beach. The harbour’s edge is home to plenty of activities for those who prefer to stay on dry land. Enjoy farm, outer bay or seal and penguin colony tours or visit one of the neighbouring surf beaches.
The journey to Akaroa is a delightful trip through changing landscapes with many natural and cultural features. Visitors to Akaroa travel by car or coach and making the trip on a bicycle is increasing popular.
The Journey will take about one and a half hours directly by car – but if you’re able to stop off along the way you could discover some unexpected highlights of your trip.
The road nestles against the Banks Peninsula hills as it leads to Te Waihora – the expansive 20,000 hectare lagoon of Lake Ellesmere, rich with eel, flounder and waterfowl of all types. You will pass through the village of Little River, a worthwhile stop to check out the cafes, art and craft galleries. On reaching the hilltop take time to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Akaroa harbour, here you can choose the SH75 or the Tourist Drive route – don’t forget your camera.