The Giant's House - Akaroa
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Akaroa boatsheds
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Kayaking in Akaroa harbour.
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Akaroa is known for its scenic beauty
Akaroa, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Akaroa Adventure Centre


The most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa will have you entranced with its historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food.

An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting volcanic feature. Originally an island formed by two volcanic cones, the peninsula has two dominant craters which form Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours. The peninsula was named for botanist Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour.

Located on the south east side of the deep, sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the charming township of Akaroa has a special point of difference - it was the only French settlement in New Zealand.

In 1838 a French whaler, Captain Langlois, decided that Akaroa was an ideal location for a town that could service the whaling ships. He subsequently acquired the peninsula in a dubious land deal with the local Maori. He then returned to France and arranged for a group of French and German families to sail to New Zealand, with the intention of forming a French colony.

However, by the time Langlois and his colonists arrived at Banks Peninsula in August 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi had already been signed (the signatories including two Akaroa chiefs) and New Zealand's first Governor, Hobson, had declared sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand.

In spite of this unexpected turn of events, the French settlers decided to stay on. Akaroa's French street names and charming colonial cottages are their legacy.

The best way to explore Akaroa is on foot. Begin at the information centre, which is on the corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Balguerie. You'll find brochures and maps that will help you to decide where to walk. Visit local restaurants with their focus on French cuisine and head along to Barrys Bay Cheese, where they've persevered with original methods for over a century. During milking season, every second day, you can watch their award-winning cheeses being made through the gallery window.

Take a self-guided walk to see historic cottages. Be sure to visit the museum - it tells the story of Akaroa with displays and an audio visual presentation. If you have time, take a harbour cruise to view dolphins, penguins and fur seals. Functional facts: Approximate population 700, information centre, restaurants, bank.

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Akaroa Cottages - Heritage Boutique Collection - Accommodation in Takamatua New Zealand
8.60 310 Reviews
Akaroa Cottages offers free parking and secluded accommodations on 12 acres of private bush land with panoramic views of Children’s Bay, in Akaroa. There is a variety of private, fully-furnished rooms and cottages. Both rooms and cottages include panoramic views of the harbor, sea, and ... (more)
Akaroa Criterion Motel - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
9.10 155 Reviews
The Akaroa Criterion Motel, situated in the heart of Akaroa, offers luxury studio accommodation with stunning harbour views and a penthouse 2-bedroom apartment. Our spacious, tastefully appointed units all feature super king-size or twin beds and double glazing and open to a private sunny ... (more)
Akaroa on the Beach - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
8.60 52 Reviews
Three unique waterfront designer apartments with spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour. Each self-contained apartment has a sophisticated mix of classic and contemporary interiors, and is self-contained with beautiful ensuites, decking and harbour views. Choose one special apartment or, for ... (more)
Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
8.50 4 Reviews
Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park and is on the hill overlooking Akaroa Harbour and 500m from the village. It has 38 tent sites, 121 power sites, 4x1brm, 2 studio units and 7 park cabins. Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park is situated at 96 Morgans Road. Tariff (2 per... (more)
Akaroa Village Inn - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
9.20 239 Reviews
The Akaroa Village Inn has wonderful Waterfront location. We are located right opposite the Main Wharf and within minutes walk of Akaroa's finest restaurants and famouss Harbour Cruise. We have five different styles of accommodation to suit everyone’s taste and budget, from Superior Waterf... (more)
Akaroa Waterfront Motels - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
8.50 378 Reviews
Akaroa Waterfront Motels offers Motel accommodation on the waters edge in Akaroa. Located in a spacious garden setting with spectacular views over the harbour. Accommodation consists of 24 spacious self-contained 1, 2 & 3 bedroom family units. All units come with fully equipped kitchen,... (more)
Bon Accord Backpackers - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
7.80 24 Reviews
Built in 1862, Bon Accord offers accommodation just 3 minutes’ walk from French Bay Beach. Wi-Fi internet is available with 50MB free access per stay.Set in historic Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, Bon Accord Backpackers is 10 minutes' walk from the colonial Akaroa village galleries and sho... (more)
Bruce Waterfront Apartments - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
8.70 39 Reviews
Overlooking Akaroa’s Main Wharf, Bruce Waterfront Apartments offer a private balcony with lovely harbour and bay views. All apartments feature full kitchen and laundry facilities.Bruce Waterfront Apartments Akaroa are 5 minutes’ walk from Stanley Park, and 10 minutes’ walk from the Akaroa ... (more)
Duvauchelle Holiday Park - Accommodation in Duvauchelle New Zealand
Duvauchelle Holiday Park is situated by the water's edge at the head of Akaroa Harbour.It has 23 power sites, 27 non-power sites, 3x5-berth cabins and access facilities available. Park facilities include communal kitchen, fridge/freezer storage, laundry, coin operated showers, TV lounge, p... (more)
La Rive Motel - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
6.60 139 Reviews
Just 3 minutes’ walk from Akaroa Beach, La Rive Motel offers self-contained accommodation with a private patio or balcony overlooking the gardens, a portable BBQ and a children’s playground. Guests receive the first 100 MB of Wi-Fi free of charge.La Rive Motel Akaroa is 7 minutes’ walk fro... (more)
La Rochelle Motel - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
9.00 230 Reviews
Located in the French-inspired village of Akaroa, La Rochelle Motel offers accommodation with a balcony or patio and views over the surrounding gardens. All accommodation offers cooking facilities and an LCD TV. It is a 3-minute walk to Akaroa Beach.Guests can play petanque or tennis, and ... (more)
Les Troupes Apartments - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
8.60 36 Reviews
Les Troupes Apartments offers self-contained accommodation, just 50 metres from Akaroa Main Wharf. Each apartment has fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, private balcony and satellite TV.All apartments at Les Troupes Apartments Akaroa includes electric blankets, ironing faciliti... (more)
SiloStay - Accommodation in Little River New Zealand
9.20 56 Reviews
Little River, Little River
Located in the heart of Little River, SiloStay is 300 metres from the Christchurch – Little River Rail Trail. Built using innovative eco-friendly systems, it features a garden and accommodation with free Wi-Fi.SiloStay is 20 metres from Little River Art Gallery, 20 km from Bank Peninsula E... (more)
The Grand Hotel - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
7.00 17 Reviews
9 modern and refurbished double/twin ensuite studio rooms with Sky TV. Views of Akaroa Harbour, adjacent to tennis court. Lounge and family bar opens onto garden with indoor/outdoor dining. Function room (up to 30). Poker machines and fully serviced TAB.Just a few minutes' stroll along Aka... (more)
Tresori Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Akaroa New Zealand
8.10 242 Reviews
Just a 2-minute walk from Akaroa’s Main Wharf, Tresori Motor Lodge offers stylish accommodation in the heart of Akaroa. All rooms are north-facing with beautiful mountain views.All accommodation at Tresori Motor Lodge Akaroa includes satellite TV, DVD player and CD stereo system. Electric ... (more)
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    Sat 26 Jan 2019 7:00PM / Classical Music
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    Sun 27 Jan 2019 5:00PM / Classical Music
    Tessa White, violin/ mandolin / Baroque guitar Sophia Bidwell, accordion/recorder Lois Johnston, soprano Argene Flack, bodhran, whistle Jonathan Le Cocq, Guitar / Baroque guitar/lute Wolfgang Kraemer, ... more
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    Wed 9 Jan 2019 6:30PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Paint 'n' Sip Studio is a night out like no other! What's not to love about wine and art? They go so well together! Start with a blank canvas and sip your way to a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Our artist guides you ... more
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    Fri 25 Jan 2019 7:00PM / Comedy
    An hour of stand-up starring L.A. based comedian Camille Solari, and featuring local comic Shen Mansell. Camille has written and produced over ten features for television and film. She was the comedian at the 2011 Los ... more
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    Fri 11 Jan 2019 9:00AM / Public Talks & Tours
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    Wed 26 Oct 2016 5:30PM / Business & Professional
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    Sat 26 Jan 2019 9:00PM / R&B, Soul
    Aotearoa's first and finest New Orleans brass band, Richter City Rebels are hitting the road again for their annual summer tour around the beautiful South Island! Returning to the one and only Blue Smoke to deliver their ... more
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    Sat 26 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Electronica
    The critically acclaimed Drab Majesty are headed to our darkened shores for the very first time. Drab Majesty is a Los Angeles-based musical project founded by musician Deb Demure (Andrew Clinco) whose music blends ... more
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    Sat 26 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Bar DJs
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    Sat 26 Jan 2019 11:30AM / Mind & Body
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  • Elmwood Auditorium, Christchurch
    Sat 19 Jan 2019 11:00AM / Theatre
    Elmwood Players’ Kidz Theatre returns with Rapunzel our locally written, loose adaptation of the classic children’s tale of a gallant but slightly pompous Prince and his quest to rescue a fiery young girl with ... more
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    Sun 6 Jan 2019 5:00PM / Games, Hobbies
    $20 per person, free play - beers, burgers, pool, 80s and 90s tunes. Chill out with Arcadia for your Sunday night. If you have a group that is fundraising, ask us how to make $800 by hosting a free play ... more
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    Sun 27 Jan 2019 11:00AM / Equestrian
    The Hagley Park Polo Classic returns to Christchurch for the 2nd year on Sunday 27th January 2019. The social and sporting event of the south islands summer, showcasing the best players and ponies from around the world. ... more
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    Thu 31 Jan 2019 7:00PM / Comedy
    On the last Thursday of every month, the Wunderbar Comedy Night will have you crying with laughter. Hosted and headlined by pro comedians who always keep the jokes and laughter rolling. Joined by open mic comics ... more
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    Sun 27 Jan 2019 1:00PM / Mind & Body
    Are you wanting to eat healthier? For better health, improved weight control, more energy, or greater emotional well-being? Learn proven strategies for starting and sticking to a healthy lifestyle diet of your ... more
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    Mon 28 Jan 2019 12:10PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Come down to The Piano for 40 minutes of Smiths and Beatles inspired originals from James Constable, a promising young singer/songwriter from North Canterbury! James is only 15, but he is already becoming the talk of his ... more
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    Sat 16 Feb 2019 12:00PM / Festivals
    Nostalgia Festival is unique summer experience held within the 1900s replica township of Ferrymead Heritage Park. Nestled in the heart of Heathcote Valley, Nostalgia unites the community through the magic of music, ... more
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    Sun 10 Feb 2019 10:00AM / Fitness
    We are proud to announce our 1st year holding the Strongheld Heritage Games at Ferrymead Heritage Park. Come along to share in the fun that is to be had at Ferrymead. Along with the Steam train rides, tram rides, food ... more
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    Thu 14 Feb 2019 5:45PM / Conservation, Environment
    Are you a keen conservationist looking for a like-minded friend? Does the idea of Valentine’s Day make you want to head for the hills? Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, Christchurch City Council and The ... more
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    Fri 1 Feb 2019 8:00PM / Metal
    Berlin-based musician group The Ocean Collective return to New Zealand after a sell out NZ show in 2015. Since 2001, The Ocean have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums, and a split EP with Japanese post-rock ... more
  • XCHC, Christchurch
    Thu 17 Jan 2019 8:00PM / Comedy
    A new monthly comedy gig presented by Simon Kingsley Holmes and Dan Brader. Each month veteran comedians Simon and Dan will be performing longer sets in which they trot out classic routines along with brand new ... more
  • Showbiz Christchurch, Christchurch
    Wed 6 Feb 2019 6:30PM / Dance
    TribalDiva Belly Dance Company will be offering a free 'taster' class for 2019 on Wed 6 Feb 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Showbiz Studios (369 St Asaph St) for new dancers to try a belly dance class, meet the teachers and pick up ... more
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    Sun 10 Feb 2019 2:00PM / Folk
    The members of Folkalyptica have a long history of involvement in the folk world, and thoroughly enjoy making music together, as well as working on their own musical projects. Join them for a musical trip through the ... more
  • Arcadia Retro Arcade and Pinball Emporia, Christchurch
    Thu 21 Feb 2019 8:00PM / Comedy
    A rad night of comedy hosted by Dan Brader and headlined by Simon Kingsley Holmes. Full line-up announced soon. "Simon Kingsley-Holmes, takes to the stage and it's not long before he wins my pick for favourite ... more
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    Sat 19 Jan 2019 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Ready to get freaky? After a completely sold-out debut in 2018, KAMP is back. Join us for a night of raucous and risqué drag, sickening music, and the cutest crowd of queers in town. It’s a big gay party held in ... more
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