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The oldest colonial town in the South Island, Akaroa is also uniquely the only French colonial
settlement in the country. Set on a stunning waterfront and surrounded by craggy volcanic landforms
Akaroa is a relaxed and pleasant holiday town just 82 kilometres from Christchurch City, about a
1½ hour drive.
The sparkling waters of the harbour are home to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the
Hectors Dolphin while New Zealand Fur Seals, Little Blue Penguins and a myriad of bird life can also
be spotted. The wildlife is best experienced by taking a cruise out to the headlands, on the way
look out for dolphins swimming alongside the boat, and penguins inhabiting the craggy shores.
As well as wildlife cruises, you can take eco friendly sailing cruises, go swimming with the
dolphins, or hire your own boat, paddle boat, or sea kayak to experience the harbour at your own
pace. Back on land there are penguin colony tours, horse treks and mountain bike trails.
For something more relaxing, Akaroa's sandy beaches are just a walk away from most of the town,
indulge in a day spa, browse the local artisan craft and fashion stores, or sit down in one of the
trendy cafes, gaze at the scenery and watch the charming little town.
Many of Akaroa's older buildings are protected by the Historic Places Trust. You can hire an
Audio Tour from the Akaroa Visitor Centre and listen to stories from the past as you explore on
foot, or visit the Akaroa Museum to experience Maori history, and both French and British
Akaroa, which is Maori for 'Long harbour', was the region's first substantial European settlement
and a safe haven for early whalers and sealers working in the Southern Ocean beyond the harbour's
Featured Banks Peninsula Events
|High Tea at Pigeon Bay|
Pigeon Bay Hall, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From Sunday 6 December 2020 to Sunday 6 June 2021
|Introduction to Māori Healing|
Birdlings Flat Community Centre, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Sunday 6 December 2020
|Akaroa Farmers Market
St Patrick's Catholic Church, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From Saturday 5 December 2020 to Saturday 24 April 2021
Akaroa Harbour Wildlife Cruise
- Family Friendly - Akaroa. Starting from $85.00 per person
We offer the only truly environmentally responsible harbour cruise on Akaroa Harbour. We sail a 47 foot classic yacht,...