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Swim with dolphins, sail around the bay and visit a sculpture and mosaic garden in this charming French and British colonial town in a volcanic setting.

Akaroa means “long harbor” in a Māori dialect and the town of Akaroa is set on the edge of a narrow and sheltered harbor. Enjoy the ambiance of this attractive heritage town, the only French settlement in New Zealand.

Just 47 miles (75 kilometers) from Christchurch, Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula is easy to reach. Akaroa sits at the heart of an ancient volcano and the landscape is dotted with the remnants of past eruptions.

Walk along the scenic waterfront and look to the hills beyond. Explore the origins of Akaroa with a visit to the little Akaroa Museum. Learn about the English and French heritage of the region, which was first settled by these Europeans in the 19th century but was already home to Māori hundreds of years earlier.

Akaroa Beach is on the eastern shore of Akaroa Harbour. Join a boat tour to swim with the rare Hector’s dolphins, sign up for a kayaking adventure or book a relaxing sailing cruise. In Flea Bay, just to the south, take a four-wheel-drive trip to the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Spot seals as well.

Visit one of the many atmospheric cafés and restaurants around town for lunch. French food is a speciality and local chefs create magic with the fresh produce from the surrounding farmlands. An all-time favorite is kumara (sweet potato) which early Māori seafarers brought to New Zealand. Head around the bay to visit Barrys Bay Cheese, which has been running since 1895, and get a bottle of local wine to complement your cheese platter.

Head out into the countryside around Akaroa for some great hiking and cycling. Short and easy trails and more challenging and adventurous tracks are available. Sensational views over the harbor and hills greet you along the way.

At the Giant's House, wander around the gardens and marvel at the colorful sculptures and mosaics with views over the bay. Learn about artist Josie Martin, who created this masterpiece around an old house built in 1880. You can even stay the night here if you’d like to prolong your stay on the enchanting Banks Peninsula.


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C$111
La Rochelle Motel

La Rochelle Motel

1 Rue Grehan, Akaroa
4.8
of 5, from 17 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

C$119
Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Akaroa Waterfront Motels

56-64 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
4.5
of 5, from 31 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this motel is steps from Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

C$107
Akaroa Criterion Motel

Akaroa Criterion Motel

75 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
4.6
of 5, from 47 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Akaroa Museum and Artisans Gallery. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

C$138
Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection

Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Collection

6888 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Akaroa
4.3
of 5, from 44 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this romantic cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 3 mi (5 km).

C$110
Tresori Motor Lodge

Tresori Motor Lodge

Cnr Rue Jolie & Church St, Akaroa
3.8
of 5, from 9 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Lighthouse and Artisans Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

C$141
Akaroa FyrneBrooke House

Akaroa FyrneBrooke House

59 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is steps from Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

C$151
Akaroa on the Beach

Akaroa on the Beach

229 Beach Road, Akaroa
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the bay, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Akaroa Lighthouse and Akaroa Wharf. Akaroa Museum and Artisans Gallery are also within 2 mi (3 km).

C$135
Les Troupes Apartments

Les Troupes Apartments

5 Church St, Akaroa
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa Museum, and Akaroa Lighthouse. Artisans Gallery is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

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