Akaroa, Banks Peninsula
Explore the village's colonial architecture, craft stores and cafes. Relax in the sun at French Bay or find a secluded beach of your own in one of the neighbouring bays. Head out onto the harbour where scenic, fishing and wildlife encounter cruises are available.
Escape the crowds and get in touch with nature. Relax and unwind on a golf course. Uncover layers of history in Canterbury's oldest settlement.
The village of Akaroa is located inside a long harbour on Banks Peninsula, 83 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Public transport is available from Christchurch and rental cars are available for hire. From Christchurch's Cathedral Square, take Colombo Street south and turn right onto St Asaph Street. At Hagley Park, turn left onto Hagley Avenue, and follow it south-west as it becomes SH75. Follow the highway through Halswell, Tai Tapu, and Little River, over Hilltop, and down to Akaroa (allow 1 1/2 hours travelling time).