Enrich by iconic French heritage and colonial architecture, glorious harbour views and indulgent fine cuisine, Akaroa is the ideal getaway for your holiday. Situated on the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand’s South Island, Akaroa is just 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Christchurch.

Being a small town, Akaroa is brimming with vibrant activities. From swimming with dolphins in iridescent waters, sailing on cruises, native wildlife tours and kayaking in the Pohatu Marine Reserve. To top it off, visit the heritage attraction at the iconic Akaroa Lighthouse. For all nature lovers, head down to Hinewai Reserve and immerse yourself in picturesque views at Stony Bay Peak.

Nearby are some spectacular walking tracts offering unparalleled views of Akaroa such as the Akaroa Head Scenic Reserve, Little River Rail Trail or full a wholesome adventure, a hiking expedition at Te Ara Pātaka/Summit Walkway will present you with grandiose views of mountain peaks.

For an artistic endeavour, head into The Giant’s House art gallery to admire some contemporary art. For an insightful history lesson, visit Akaroa Museum Te Whare Taonga and Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum to view historical collection of archives, photographs, artworks, textiles, relics and Maori artefacts.

After all your rendezvous, delight your taste buds with some French bakeries, cafe, creperies and some fine dinning at boutique bars and restaurants. Akaroa is the simple retreat from the city life.

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