A Diverse Natural Playground
Banks Peninsula is one of New Zealand's most unique landforms. With endless hills, bays and hidden bush, this is Nature's Playground right on Christchurch's doorstep.
Akaroa and its surrounds are steeped in Māori and settler history, adventures and unique experiences. Only a short drive from Christchurch, you’ll feel like you’re in another world.
Explore the Region
Akaroa sits at the heart of an ancient volcano, stacked with sparkling bays, green hills and an eclectic range of eco-experiences.
Surrounded by natural wonders, this historical French settlement is your basecamp for exploring the Banks Peninsula.
Explore the beautiful deep harbour that is home to Little Blue Penguins, marine birds and the largest population of Hector’s Dolphins in the world.
Heritage and Culture
With elements of Maori, French and English culture, Akaroa is unique in character and one of the oldest and best-preserved heritage towns in the South Island.
Explore stories of Māori settlement and culture, of one of New Zealand’s first European settlements, and how this history shaped Akaroa into the town it is today.
The town celebrates its French links with a bi-annual French Fest, a three-day celebration including market stalls and entertainment, French games and evening cabaret.
Fresh and Foraged Food
Foodies are spoilt for choice in Akaroa with an abundance of award-winning local produce and top-notch bars and restaurants.
The first vines planted by the French now yield excellent wines and the world’s most southern olive groves regularly win national and international acclaim. Nearby Barry's Bay Cheeses churn out stellar products, and Akaroa Salmon is served across the country.
From brunch spots in the sun to cocktails on the waterfront, beers at microbreweries to wines at hillside wineries, Akaroa is a foodie haven.
Time to Explore
Akaroa offers endless possibilities to immerse yourself in the outdoors and the unique history and culture of this special area.
For those seeking adventure you can swim with dolphins, take a short walk or a three-day trek, jump in a sea kayak or paddle board across the harbour.
For a chance to escape and revive, settle into this serene corner of New Zealand. Galleries, museums and artisan shops, boutique restaurants and wine bars – while away the hours and let this idyllic seaside village work its magic.