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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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Study the Plants of the Akaroa Reserve

Such nature reserves like the Akaroa Reserve are not only great for their wildlife but also for studying the native plants. The ones you might already recognise are the cabbage tree which many...
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Port Levy - still a Centre of Maori Life

Coming from Purau, Port Levy offers a lovely welcome with its small white church sitting at the intersection where you can choose to directly drive up the hill to the Port Levy Saddle, on the way to...
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Pigeon Bay - the peninsula's largest Bay

The largest bay of Banks Peninsula, located between Port Levy and Little Akaloa in the north of the peninsula, got its name from the lots of pigeons which swarmed in the narrow wooded valley at its...
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Le Bons Bay Reserve - Birdwatching and Picnicking

This is a lovely piece of land close to the beach. It is not only a perfect picnic spot with tables and benches, and toilets as well, but also for bird watching. While we had our sandwiches there we...
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The Giant's House - Part 2 - Stay at the B&B

Part 2What fascinates me is that on a nice day you can spend a lot of time sitting in the middle of the sculptural installations, as many of them serve as long winding benches, so you can sit on...
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Giant's House: Best Mosaic Art since Gaudí, Part 1

I have been in Barcelona many times, and what has always attracted me most to this fantastic city is Gaudí's art, all those colourful rounded houses with fantasy chimneys, the Sagrada Familia with its...
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Banks Peninsula: Okains Bay – The Beach

This has to be one of my favourite spots on Banks Peninsula – but I have a lot of favourite places there LOL I have never been there during the school holidays in January but several times during the...
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Okains Bay Museum (5): Waka Kereru and Maori Life

This special item – the Waka Kereru – in the Okains Bay Museum - which you see on photo 2 - made me shiver as not in a lifetime I would kill a bird. But if you see it less emotionally it is a...
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Banks Pen.: St. John the Evangelist in Okains Bay

The foundation stone of St. John the Evangelist in Okains Bay was laid on New Year’s Day 1863, and the church finished on the last day of June 1863 – debt-free ;-) It cost 554 pounds at the time. It...
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Banks P.: Okains Bay: Maori Meeting House and Waka

Opposite the Okains Bay Museum is a colourful Maori meeting house for daily use, and some steps further a shelter with two big wakas. Both are used for the Waitangi Day celebrations every year, and...
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Banks P.: Okains Bay Museum (4): Churchill Cottage

This white painted cottage even dates back to 1860. The furniture and the huge selection of household items that you can see on photo 3 are from many different homes from Banks Peninsula, so give an...
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Okains Bay Museum (3): Slab Stables and Workshops

Those stables were built by a guy named Johnnie Moore in 1871. The homestead of this early settler family had been built by pit-sawn totara, and the remaining totara were used for the construction of...
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Banks Pen.: Okains Bay Museum (2) - Slab Cottage

This tiny cottage gives a lovely insight into the modest life of the second generation of settlers on Banks Peninsula. It was built in the 1880s by the Jensen brothers from Kaituna Valley (closer to...
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Very Little Post Office

In Robinsons Bay you will find a very small post office. It is on the side of the main road on you way to Akaroa so there's no chance of missing it - it looks like a child's playhouse because of it's...
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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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