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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
 
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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Onawe Peninsula – a sacred Place for Maori

In some brochures you might read that Onawe Peninsula, located at the northern end of Akaroa Harbour, between Duvauchelle and Barrys Bay, is pear-shaped. I do not think this is the right description....
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A Kind of Aerial View of Akaroa

/Here is a photo of Akaroa, taken from the Akaroa Reserve. I have added the names of locations in the photo, so you have an impression of the layout of the town. On the photo the northern part of the...
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Orientation

-I have added the main points of interest in this map of Banks Peninsula for better orientation. Remember, the road from Port Levy to Little River is gravel but you can drive on it in normal cars...
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Email Station - Bon-E-Mail

As any good addicted VTer knows, it is important to add new cities to your map as soon as possible. When you arrive in Akaroa, you can immediately hit the main strip in town and add it quickly and...
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Blue Penguins

While on our dolphin cruise we came across some tiny blue penguins...they were swimming along in the water playing with each other. Very cute!!! :) Apparently they swim out on sunrise and go home each...
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Hector Dolphins

While we were on our dolphin cruise we saw heaps of Hector Dolphins...they are so cute and so tiny compared to the dolphins we see in Australia. They apparently only live around the Akaroa area and...
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A whale of a past

The French settlers who arrived in Akaroa were far from the first Europeans to set foot on the Banks Peninsula. Sealers had been visiting the place for decades and had ravaged the seal population in...
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Akaroa

Even today you find the main streets retain their French heritage and some of the early forms of architecture relate to those early days. Often regarded as the Riviera of Christchurch for its bays and...
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Akaroa Beach

If you like the beach then head down to the Akaroa Beach if you're in town... We were there on a 'warmish' day and there were heaps of people at the beach...and even some people in the water swimming!...
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Akaroa Jetty

The Akaroa Jetty is a beautiful area with some great views of the town and harbour... We caught our harbour cruise boat out on the jetty but there were also people just walking along it for the...
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Akaroa Harbour

The Akaroa Harbour is a beautiful place...the water is a gorgeous aqua blue colour and the harbour is full of wild dolphins, seals and penguins as well as a lot of bird life. If you get the chance, go...
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Seals

We came across a few lots of seals while we were on our dolphin cruise too... They were sunning themselves up on the rocks usually - looking very relaxed... Although these two were having a little...
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Bumble Bee

I hadn't realized that New Zealand had bumble bees until I spotted one by chance in the garden outside our room at Bon Accord.The only other time I've ever seen one was in Germany, and being fond of...
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Flower walk

Another of my favorite memories is of the walk I took immediately after we'd arrived and taken our gear inside Bon Accord backpackers. I wanted to see exactly how close we were to the water's edge,...
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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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