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    A Kind of Aerial View of Akaroa

    by Kakapo2 Written May 29, 2008

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    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 place is hidden behind a slope of the hill, right of Beach Road (promenade) and the beach. In this area are the Visitor Centre, the Langlois-Eteveneau House, and the other attractions of Rue Lavaud.

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    Orientation

    by Kakapo2 Written May 29, 2008

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    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 (best without too low spoilers) in good weather conditions.

    The map also shows the innumerous harbours and bays of the peninsula, testimony of the volcanic past, in quite an impressive way.

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    Email Station - Bon-E-Mail

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 29, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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 effectively at Bon-E-Mail. It seemed to be an unintended email location that took coins, so just show up, use your $1 or $2 dollars worth, and head on about your way.

    The shop is located on the main street through Akaroa, although I did not write down the address.

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    Blue Penguins

    by CandS Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 night on sunset...

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    Hector Dolphins

    by CandS Updated May 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 were endangered at one stage but now there is a healthy amount of dolphins again...

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    A whale of a past

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 the insatiable and lucrative search for the skins of these gorgeous creatures - to the point where they eventually killed their own trade.
    Next came the whalers -who made good use of the Peninsula's safe harbours to careen their ships for repairs and to trade with with local people for fresh food and to take on water.
    In the days of sail, New Zealand Flax was a valuable commodity for the production of rope, miles of which were needed for each and every ship that put to sea, and so the flax traders joined the whalers.

    These were all itinerate callers but in 1837, a shore whaling station, the first permanent European settlement on the South Island, was established at Paraki soon to be followed by others in bays all around the Peninsula.

    These huge copper cauldrons are remnants of that age - they were used for rendering the blubber into the liquid gold that whale oil was in these days before gas and electric lighting.
    There are several of them along the waterfront in Akaroa - reminders of a horrible industry that, thankfully, is long gone. As such, they're hardly a "favourite thing" but they are a potent symbol of the long history of European contact with this distant corner of the world.

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    Akaroa

    by kris-t Updated Mar 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 cobalt blue waters Akaroa is a major vacation and weekend retreat.

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    Akaroa Beach

    by CandS Updated Feb 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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! Brrr!! ;)

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    Akaroa Jetty

    by CandS Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 views...

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    Akaroa Harbour

    by CandS Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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 on a harbour cruise or just spend some time looking around...

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    Seals

    by CandS Written Dec 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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 tiff over who's rock it was... ;)

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    Bumble Bee

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 8, 2004

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    Fondest memory: 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 insects as well as animals, this was a special moment for me too - and for my camera, since I managed to capture it on digital.

    My first bumble bee sighting in NZ
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    Flower walk

    by Kate-Me Written Mar 8, 2004

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    Fondest memory: 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, so I set off from Bon Accord, crossed the road, and followed a little path near Rue Jolie, which led me past a beautiful garden with many of these Red Hot Poker flowers, which looked just magnificent against the harbour and the blue sky.
    Not sure if they're a NZ flower, as we have them in Australia too, but this was the first time I'd been up close to any in NZ.

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    The well loved little Citroen...

    by Kate-Me Written Feb 20, 2004

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    Favorite thing: While I was busy taking this photo, the cute little Citroen's middle aged owners came along, and off they went.
    I've a friend who collects Citroens, so it was great for me to be able to get a photo of this one, in a French styled town, so far from France.

    the number plate says it all!
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    Beautiful Gardens

    by rozehill Written Apr 13, 2003

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    Favorite thing: "Potter's Croft"
    A turn of the century farmhouse has been renovated and extended to create an elegant homestead with wide wisteria-draped verandahs. Landscaped gardens of 3.5 acres, filled with roses, perennials and beautiful ornamental trees, feature a large natural pond, rustic bridges over the stream, rose-covered summerhouse and a superb pergola walk.
    A small flock of sheep are nearby and there are optional bush walks and magnificent ancient trees.

    Potter's Croft Gardens

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