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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

More Off The Beaten Path in Akaroa

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Meet the God of the Wind

You find this Maori carving at the Akaroa Reserve, high above the harbour. It depicts Tawhiri Matea, the God of the Wind. Really a very appropriate place for that wooden statue – although you might...
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The Eastern Bays

However you take the time to explore the Eastern Bays of the Banks Peninsula, you'll be well rewarded. If your time is limited, or you don't have your own transport, a morning spent with postman Gerry...
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some damaged structures(due to the quake)

The walking tour also gave us a perspective on how strong the tremor that hit Christchurch was! Though Akaroa was 75 kilometres from this city, some part of Akaroa was also damaged like the bridge,...
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Banks Pen.: Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum

After the long drive from Akaroa, through rural landscape, and up and down the hill, you nearly cannot believe your eyes when you spot this museum on the right side of the road. It is so well...
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Cycle on the Little River Rail Trail

Like the famous Otago Central Rail Trail the Little River Railtrail has been established on a former railway line which was last used in the 1960's. The first stage has been opened in May 2006. It is...
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Okain's Bay

Okains Bay is a popular camping and holiday spot on the eastern side of the Banks Peninsula, just half an hour's drive from Akaroa. It has a beautiful, wide sandy beach that , when we walked along it,...
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Walk to the Packhorse Hut from Kaituna Valley

Although I have posted quite some walks to the summits of Banks Peninsula around Lyttelton Harbour on my Lyttelton page, I make an exception for this walk. Because... if you walk to the Packhorse Hut...
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Le Bons Bay - another one of those lovely Beaches

This is another one of those lovely eastern bays of Banks Peninsula not too far away from Akaroa. You walk to the beach over sea-grass topped sand dunes and will be amazed by the small number of...
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Banks Peninsula: Okains Bay – The Township

On the way to the fabulous beach you pass the township of Okains Bay. Its number one attraction is the Maori and Colonial Museum which displays historic cottages and collections from the entire Banks...
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Where the name St. Kentigern came from

As the name of this saint after whom St. Kentigern in the Kaituna Valley is named after, sounded unfamiliar to me I read a bit about it and found the history very interesting. As I do not know about...
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Be Delighted by unique Windows of St. Kentigern

This little Anglican church in the Kaituna Valley, a valley turning off the Christchurch – Akaroa highway, has enchanted me. St. Kentigern has the lovliest stained glass windows I have seen for a long...
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Take a little Detour to St. Kentigern

For several reasons I have a soft spot for this little church in the Kaituna Valley, which starts at a turn-off from SH 75 between Christchurch and Little River.First of all I felt welcome by the...
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Fantastic Views and Birds at the Akaroa Reserve

Every time I drive on the Scenic Drive on Banks Peninsula I stop at the Akaroa Reserve, as it offers fantastic views of Akaroa Harbour. If you come from Akaroa, it is on the right side of the steep...
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Test your Fitness on the Akaroa Woodills Track

This track that links Akaroa and the Akaroa Reserve high above the harbour is not difficult at all but there is a lot of up and down until you reach the summit, so a good level of fitness is required....
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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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