Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano.
Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of this area.
Akaroa, which in Maori means 'Long harbour', was the regions first substantial European settlement and safe haven for early whalers and sealers working in the wild southern ocean beyond it's striking headlands.
The oldest colonial town in the South Island, and famed as New Zealand's sole French Settlement. Here history oozes from every corner and parts of the town are registered as an Historic Area in recognition of its remarkable collection of Historic buildings.
A must-do is the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise (Black Cat Cruises). This wonderful cruise will allow you to see the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins – the Hector’s or New Zealand Dolphin. On this cruise you will experience other remarkable marine wildlife as well as a number of scenic and historic highlights. This two hour harbour cruise is fully narrated with informative local stories to entertain and enlighten you!