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Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour
"During this interesting 40 minute self-guided audio tour you will learn about Akaroa's rich French history beginning in 1840. See the grisly Whaling try pots where in the early day’s whale blubber was boiled down for the valuable fat. Stroll along the idyllic beachfront and see the war memorial The Gothic Tower recognised as one of the most beautiful and striking monuments in the Country. At the corner of Lavaud and Balguerie various points of Akaroa's history can be viewed including Langlois-Eteveneaux Cottage built between 1840 and 1841 which is one of the oldest houses in Canterbury.  Opposite the cottage is the Bank of New Zealand building
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Akaroa Self Guided Audio Tour
"During this interesting 40 minute self-guided audio tour you will learn about Akaroa's rich French history beginning in 1840. See the grisly Whaling try pots where in the early day’s whale blubber was boiled down for the valuable fat. Stroll along the idyllic beachfront and see the war memorial The Gothic Tower recognised as one of the most beautiful and striking monuments in the Country. At the corner of Lavaud and Balguerie various points of Akaroa's history can be viewed including Langlois-Eteveneaux Cottage built between 1840 and 1841 which is one of the oldest houses in Canterbury.  Opposite the cottage is the Bank of New Zealand building
From $20.00
 
Shore Excursion: Scenic Cruiser Sea Kayaking Safaris in Akaroa
"The Sunrise Safari is a great option as the ocean is always a lot calmer in the early morning and the wildlife is a lot more active! Your tour begins with a relaxed and informative introduction briefing preparing you for your safe and fun adventure on Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic basin waters. After your briefing your experienced local guide will prepare your kayak for launch onto the water. Comfort and safety is always a priority. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out and have chance to try out your new skills before heading off on your advent noise of other boats and hustle and bustle of normal life.You will gently paddle along the coastline while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover.Exploring remote bays and inlets for around 60 minutes you will engage with nature and beautiful serenity of sea kayaking during the most peaceful time of the day. Taking a comfort break on a remote beach for around 20 minutes you can explore swim or simply soak up our pure New Zealand environment. Your guide will serve snacks while sharing stories about the area
From NZD130.00

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Canada Geese

One of my favourite things in Akaroa is seeing flocks of Canada Geese walking around on the beach at low tide. I remember them fondly from years ago and they seemed quite shy, only showing up early...
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Palm Trees

Akaroa was also the first (and only) place on the holiday I managed to take a photo of what I started calling "vertical Palm Trees" because they point up, instead of down. I don't know what their...
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Pohutakawa Trees

New Zealand is famous for its Pohutukawa trees with their flaming red flowers which stand out brightly and at a good distance on even the dullest days in Summer (they seem to stop flowering by about...
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Daly's Wharf

On my 2005 visit, At the end of Rue Lavaud, I found myself with another beautiful tableau in front of me, this time of the small pier (as opposed to the large pier, which is for bigger boats and the...
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The harbour

One of the best memories I had is of taking a stroll by myself at leisure, down to the harbour, near the long pier, and admiring the palm and Norfolk Pine trees, and the small boats looking even...
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Citroen 2CV

in 2005 during my visit, I happened to be walking down the street at one point, and happened across this cute 2CV French car, obviously well loved, as it appeared it had been shipped out from England....
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The wee-est post office

Between Duvauchelle and Akaroa you pass this wee building on the road. What is it? The red panels by the door give you the clue - this was the Robinson Bay post Office - you can still see the panel of...
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French Street Signs and "Je ne parle pas français”

It is funny to see all these French street signs in Akaroa, knowing that not many New Zealanders are able to pronounce them correctly. The English pronunciation of the anglicised word “lingerie”...
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The Bon Accord Bungy

I find this little display seriously funny. And Kimi the Bear was delighted and was already heading into the Bon Accord backpackers accommodation to ask for permission to join the toy girl on her...
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The Roads on Banks Peninsula

Although you should never sleep when driving there are such and such roads – and those on Banks Peninsula are such… Even on SH 75, the direct connection between Christchurch and Akaroa, you have to be...
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Try Pots – the Remnants of the Whaling Times

-Although those huge cast-iron pots look like taken from a cannibal’s kitchen… They are only the decorative remnants of Akaroa’s past as a whaling post. In some info about the Cook Islands I read that...
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The Pukeko on the Roof

You will not see such a thing very often on your travels in New Zealand. A pukeko on a roof is a rarity. Perhaps you do not even know that pukeko (the correct plural is without s as the Maori language...
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How to get a Sheep from the Road

When sitting on the verandah of the Duvauchelle Hotel we had entertainment all over the place. Fantails chirping and chasing insects above our heads, a pukeko on the roof, and a runaway sheep on the...
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Takamatua - the German Touch of all French Akaroa

Although I do not really search German contacts in New Zealand, I think it is quite nice to know a place named German Bay. However, nobody would know it as officially it now is Takamatua Bay, and is...
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Top Hotels in Akaroa

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75 Rue Jolie, Canterbury, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8161, New Zealand
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Cnr Rue Lavaud & Rue Grehan, Akaroa, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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Cnr Rue Jolie & Church St, Akaroa, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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1 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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155 Grehan Valley Road, Akaroa, 8161, New Zealand
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Highway 75, Akaroa, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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Things to Do Near Akaroa

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Port Hills

Treat yourself to a rewarding day of sightseeing! The Port Hills is one of Christchurch's most revered landscapes, with tussock slopes and rocky outcrops rising in stark contrast to the flat...
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Christchurch Gondola

The Gondola had been closed after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 - not because of structural damage but because of flooding at the summit station. Now everything is ok again, some pillars have...
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ARTS CENTER

Update May 2011 Some of the crafts and food stalls of the Arts Centre Market have shifted to the Ferrymead Heritage Park after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, as the Arts Centre remains cordoned...
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Banks Peninsula

Akaroa is 84km by road from Christchurch and is at the end of State Highway 75. It has a population of about 600 but in peak tourist time this can rise to about 7,000. The town sits on a large...
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Punting the Avon River

The tours from the Antigua Boatsheds – called Punting in the Park – are not the only option for such guided boat trips on the Avon. Other tours start at the Worcester Boulevard bridge (beside the...
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The Christchurch botanical gardens

Beautiful gardens and spaces. A safe place during the earthquake. Free summer concerts on Sundays. Punt along the river. See my travel guide on New Zealand and photo albums. Don't forget to visit the...
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"The Magic World of Banks Peninsula and Akaroa"
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