Akaroa Village Walks

Explore the village and learn about the early settlers of Akaroa with a variety of short walks ranging from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Highlights include historic cemeteries, exotic and native bush and wonderful harbour views.

Boardwalk to Childrens Bay

Duration of walk: 10 minutes one way
Start location: Childrens Bay at the north end of Akaroa Village

Key highlights:

  • Beautiful harbour views
  • Beach is mudflat
  • Dogs allowed

More information - Click on red number 1

Garden of Tane

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Duration of walk: From ¼ to 2 hour
Start location: A number of walk tracks criss-cross this reserve and a number of entrances and exits are possible. The main entrance on the corner of Rue Jolie and Aylmers Valley Road. Another entrance is on Beach Road.

Key Highlights:

  • Children's playground
  • A mix of grand exotic trees with a native understorey
  • Historic cemeteries where many of the early Akaroa settlers are buried, lovely views over the harbour

More information - Click on red number 5

French Cemetery

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Duration of walk: 45 minute circuit
Start location: Rue Pompallier

Key highlights:

  • This circular route visits the French cemetery, the oldest consecrated cemetery in the South Island of New Zealand.
  • The walk returns via an old Akaroa Street where some original French families lived and concludes with a visit to their church, St. Patrick’s.

More information - Click on red number 3