A journey around this beautiful peninsula will reward you with picturesque vistas at every turn, a thriving artisan culture and a marine environment teaming with wildlife. Come and immerse yourself in the alluring French character of Akaroa township – a seaside retreat just 90 minutes from Christchurch.
Akaroa simply oozes charm! Nods to its history as a French settlement are everywhere, with pretty French-named streets, lined with historic cottages cloaked in roses. While away the hours browsing boutique shops and craft galleries, and stop for a pick-me-up of fine local food and wine at a café or restaurant overlooking the shimmering waters of Akaroa Harbour. Relaxation doesn’t get much better than this!
Akaroa has all the makings for the perfect romantic getaway. Take your pick of a swath of luxurious accommodation options, enjoy a long lunch or lingering dinner at a cosy café or restaurant, and stroll hand in hand through the town's enchanting streets and shops. Spend some quality time together appreciating the area's abundant creativity, perhaps with a walk through the secluded Giant's House mosaic and sculpture garden.
You'll find an uplifting community spirit here, with a fascinating mix of artists, creative spirits, gardeners, historians and artisan producers living alongside families – all passionate about this delightful region they call home.
So make sure you get a local's take on what to see and do here. And factor in a few days to enjoy this charming peninsula getaway – it's much more than a day trip destination. Check out Akaroa's webcam.