Just seventy kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement situated on the shores of a wide bay on the eastern side of the rugged harbour

Akaroa is the main service centre for the inner harbour and the outer bays of Banks Peninsula. A multitude of sports, arts and cultural events throughout the year attracts locals and visitors to this relaxed seaside resort.

Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and you will find fantastic sea kayaking in spectacular surroundings. There are cruises, sail boats, cycle tours, mail runs, and an excellent range of walking tracks.

If possible give yourself a couple of days here – we can recommend some lovely B&Bs and think about leaving the hire vehicle at your drop off point in Christchurch – it’s a windy, arduous drive ; let one of the coach operators take the driving strain .There are direct shuttles leaving from the Canterbury Museum each day at 9.00 am , returning from Akaroa at 4pm.

What our travellers enjoyed about Akaroa…

  • Unwinding after completing their South Island tour
  • The great holiday atmosphere
  • Walks on the Banks Peninsula
  • Eating out at the  Bully Hayes restaurant