Make the most of your time in Akaroa and discover the amenities available.
Arriving to Akaroa
Akaroa Village is a beautiful harbourside town located 86kms (approximately 1.5 hours) from Christchurch. Its charming colonial architecture reflects the British and French settlers, who followed local Maori in recognising Akaroa harbour for its sheltered anchorage.
For cruise passengers a 20 minute tender ride transfers you from ship to shore, arriving at the main Akaroa wharf located on the southern end of the town centre. Your ship will advise you of the tender timetable from ship to shore and return for your visit.
The main wharf is a few steps away from harbourside shops and cafes. The northern part of the village is a 10 minute walk along the beach promenade and is home to the Post Office, Bank and additional shops and cafes.
Banks Peninsula’s indented coastline abounds with bays and beaches, many are accessible within 30 minutes drive from Akaroa.
Population – 624 from 2013 census
Land area – 1.8 km squared
Akaroa is very compact, as a walkable village. A hop on hop off bus operates on cruise ship days at NZ$15 per person for an all day ticket. The bus departs from Main Wharf every 25 minutes and stops at the Main Wharf, Lighthouse, Museum, the Recreation Ground and the Giants House.
The Akaroa Shuttle departs Christchurch to Akaroa at 8.30am from the Canterbury Museum and returns Akaroa to Christchurch departing at 3.45pm from the Main Wharf.
The French Connection buses departs Christchurch to Akaroa at 9.00am from the Canterbury Museum and returns Akaroa to Christchurch departing at 4.00pm from the Main Wharf.
Summer: High 30C (72F), low 16C (61F)
Winter: High 13C (55F), low 2C(36F)
Akaroa Health Centre - at 2 Aylmers Valley Road, Akaroa is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm Phone: 03-304 7004 (in an emergency call: 111)
Akaroa i-SITE – at 74 Rue Lavaud, open daily 10am – 4pm for all visitor information services.
Akaroa Post Office - situated in the Akaroa Adventure Centre open daily 9am – 5pm for mail services.
Banking and ATM - The Bank of New Zealand is located in the northern centre of Akaroa with bank teller services Monday – Friday from 10am – 3pm daily (excluding public holidays). ATM services at the BNZ are available 24 hours.
Shop hours – Most shops are open daily 10am – 5pm for your retail needs.
Telephone - To make an international call dial 00 followed by your country code, area code and number.
WIFI/Internet - Free WiFi access is available at the Akaroa Library.
WiFi is available at various restaurants and cafes throughout the town.
Book your Christchurch Day Trip
To ensure you secure your Christchurch experience, contact the Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre before you arrive in Akaroa. Often cruise visitors try to book activities on arrival, which is not always possible and leads to disappointment.
The Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre, has exclusive deals and a team of experts to help you find the attractions, activities and transport options to best suit you and your budget before you travel to Christchurch.
Roads and Driving Conditions
It's important to note that the roads in New Zealand can often be narrow and windy sometimes making your journey longer than anticipated. Ensure you adhere to the speed limits and always stay to the left side of the road.
You must carry your driver's licence with you when driving. If your licence is not in English, you're required to carry an approved translated version.
Learn more about what to expect when driving in New Zealand.