Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
Akaroa is located on Banks Peninsula, the most prominent volcanic feature of the South Island of New Zealand. The historic Akaroa Village is about 82 kilometres by road from Christchurch City and offers a range of accommodation options. Browse galleries and craft stores, cruise the Akaroa Harbour and spot dolphins, or wander along the ocean shore.
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Welcome to the Akaroa Coastal Cottage - a tranquil and secluded retreat on 3 hectares overlooking Akaroa harbour. Wonderful sea views. The cottage is situated 3 kilometres from Akaroa township on a sealed road. Watch dolphins from the terrace during summer and wake up to the bellbirds all year. The cottage is sunny, warm and attractive.
Sail with dolphins on New Zealand's oldest ketch—Fox II. See penguins, seals, albatross, and other sea birds. A real sailing experience; as crew, or just relax. Quiet, eco-friendly green boat, two masts, six red sails. Food, refreshments, complimentary coffee/tea. 2.5 hour cruise, departing 10:30am and 1:15pm from Dalys Wharf, Akaroa late Dec-May. Satisfaction guaranteed! Private charters. Company functions. Weddings.
Mobile-friendly - Akaroa French Connection Services connect with harbour cruises, dolphin swimming, sea-kayaking, horse-treks and local tours. Your journey includes comfortable coach transport, free pick-up from inner-city accommodation, refreshment and photo stops en-route, informative driver commentary and a 'drive through introduction' of the charming Akaroa Village. Come and experience Akaroa and enjoy a spectacular scenic drive across picturesque Banks Peninsula with us!
See wonderful Akaroa Harbour from a new perspective—feel the wind in your hair and the buzz as you power through this delightful area. We specialize in giving the adventurous an unforgettable jet boating experience, a must for those seeking that something extra! Built in comfort and exceptional safety features.
Akaroa Museum is focused on the history of Banks Peninsula. Its collections are varied from archives, archaeology and art to zoology. A full range of museum services is provided to the community and visitors, including changing exhibitions, research services and access to an extensive collection. The Museum is open 363 days a year.
At Akaroa on the Beach we have three unique waterfront designer apartments in a tranquil setting, each with spectacular views of Akaroa harbour. Designed with the Pacific in mind, the three beautifully appointed apartments are just metres from the water, and a relaxing twelve minute waterfront walk to the village centre.
We provide the only environmentally sustainable and exciting harbour cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms, without disrupting their environment. Our 47-foot classic ocean sailing yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built. Enjoy a 2.5-hour sail experience cruise around Akaroa Harbour, with basic, personal sail training included.
Mobile-friendly - Stunning views across the majestic Akaroa harbour, and only a 300-metre walk to the main street—the ideal getaway from busy city life. Only an 85 kilometre drive from Christchurch. A full range of campsite facilities including a swimming pool, BBQ area and TV Lounge. Accommodation catering to all needs, from self contained units to budget cabins to spacious camp sites.
Your Akaroa Alpaca Farm Tour experience takes you on a scenic-drive to the western-side of Akaroa Harbour to Shamarra Alpaca Farm. Our Akaroa alpaca farm has breathtaking views of the harbour. Alpaca farmers, Frank and Anya, will treat you to an interesting, interactive introduction to these animals (renowned for their ultra-fine fleece). Light refreshments included on your Akaroa farm tour.
Looking to cycle during your visit to New Zealand? Explore the South Island with our cycling tours, travel the Central Otago Rail Trail. Customised tours, bus charters, minibus rental, cycle-trailer hire. Cycle hire for short/long term, groups/individuals, touring bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes. Try our Mountain Bike Adventure; ride up on the Christchurch Gondola, and cycle down, on-road or off-road.
Mobile-friendly - Offering luxury boutique accommodation and harbour views to discerning guests who enjoy the heritage, character and charm of a bygone era. A two-storey property built in 1878, the house has recently been refurbished inside and out. Furnished with antiques. Private garden with additional self-contained cottage. Five-minute walk to the waterfront and village, wonderful views of the crater rim and sea.
Mobile-friendly - The Banks Peninsula Track has enchanted and delighted visitors for over 25 years. Its unique blend of whimsical and historical accommodation and a stunningly diverse track route is combined with plenty of other opportunities, like penguin watching and kayaking, to make it one of the most enjoyable walking, hiking, or tramping holidays in New Zealand. Online bookings available.
Discover the walks and trails in this giant ancient volcanic remnant with its deeply indented bays, wild beaches, striking mountains and intriguing geological and human history. Explore the Banks Peninsula walks including Christchurch City Council reserves as well as those on Department of Conservation and private land.
Originally one of nine dairies dotting the peninsula in the late 1800s, Barrys Bay Cheese is the last remaining factory. Today, we still use the traditional recipes brought to New Zealand by the early English settlers. Stop in and watch cheese making Monday through Thursday (Oct to May).
Mobile-friendly - Offering luxury accommodation and harbour views to discerning guests who enjoy the character and charm of a bygone-era. A historic 2 storey property built in 1878, on one-acre grounds, with a petite vineyard. View the original servants quarters amongst the natural bush. Furnished with English and European antiques. Complimentary glass of estate wine and canapes in the evening.
Mobile-friendly - The beautiful harbour of Akaroa near Christchurch is home to the rare, playful Hector's Dolphin. Join our two-hour nature cruise where we guarantee you will see dolphins or come again another day for FREE, you will also see fur seals, penguins and other marine birdlife. Swimming with dolphins is available in Akaroa Harbour. Winner of the Supreme Tourism Award 2003/4.
Mobile-friendly - The luxury campsite at Lavericks Bay is set on a stunning family farm, and just a 10 minute meander down to a beautiful, secluded beach. It has two, thoughtfully decorated luxury tents both with woodburners. An outdoor bath is tucked into a private spot close to the campsite - for the ultimate outdoor bathing-under-the-stars experience.
Chauffeur Services operates from our central Christchurch location and travel the whole South Island of New Zealand. We are committed to providing comprehensive private/chauffeur services to meet each client's unique requirements while on holiday or corporate transfers. If you would like to be privately chauffeured in a luxury sedan vehicle we are the business to contact.
For a "top" experience in Christchurch (only 15 minutes from central city), take a ride to the summit of the Port Hills, 500 metres above sea level. It's magical! Spectacular 360-degree views of Christchurch City, Lyttelton Harbour, Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Set atop the Gondola Summit Station, the Red Rock Cafe offers delicious snacks, light meals and beverages.
This 44 km-long walkway and cycleway runs from Hornby (Christchurch) to Little River on Banks Peninsula. The easy grade makes this walk or ride suitable for young children and family groups.
Mobile-friendly - Here at Christchurch Touring Company, we specialise in small group tours, luxury charter services, cruise ship excursions and exclusive airport transfers. Our range includes Christchurch City, Canterbury and the surrounding regions – including Kaikoura, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula, Hanmer Springs and further afield.
Mobile-friendly - Your exciting boat cruise will take you outside Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula beside steep cliffs, archways and sea caves. The area around Akaroa is stunning, come explore it with a knowledgeable, local skipper, onboard our comfortable, classic Kauri launch. Enjoy and photograph spectacular scenery and abundant bird and wild life including the rare Hectors dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
Treat yourself to a luxurious escape at our lodge accommodation in Diamond Harbour, overlooking magnificent Lyttelton Harbour on the Banks Peninsula. Our clifftop hideaway offers vistas of sea sky and volcanic hills, a fitting backdrop to our beautifully appointed guestrooms. Diamond Harbour directly opposite Lyttelton, just outside Christchurch. Accessed by road from Christchurch or take a 10-minute ferry from Lyttleton.
Mobile-friendly - Christchurch offers the visitor a wide range of things to do and see. Whether you only have an hour or two, or you have a few days to spend sightseeing, Gold Band Taxis can provide you with a knowledgeable personal tour driver.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to JUCY Rentals—New Zealand's friendliest, freshest, easiest, best value and most modest car rental and campervan hire company. Our Christchurch Airport branch offers a huge range of Rental Cars and custom built campervans for hire. Our friendly staff will help you get on the road to exploring our beautiful country for a couple of weeks or more.
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Seaweek - Black Cat Cruises
Once in Akaroa look for the long wharf in the centre of the town where you will see the large blue building on the wharf with a dolphin mural painted on the roof. You can also find Black Cat Cruises at 61 Beach ...
Where: Black Cat Cruises, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Address: 61 Beach Road, Akaroa
From: 3:40pm on Saturday 25th February 2017
To: 6:00pm on Sunday 5th March 2017
Seaweek - EcoSeaker Cruise Discount
Seaweek Harbour Cruise Special: The following discount will apply by providing the code ‘Seaweek Special’ when booking for trips during Seaweek. 10% off these prices: Adults NZ $75pp, Children NZ $40pp (ages 0-15) ...
Where: Dalyʼs Wharf, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 1 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 2:30pm on Saturday 25th February 2017
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 5th March 2017
Seaweek - Mammals of The Ocean Large & Small
Little River Sea Week Display - Mammals of The Ocean Large & Small - The Mighty Whale and the Hector Dolphin. Compare the size of our oceans mammals between the lifesize model of Banks Peninsula’s Hector Dolphin and ...
Where: Little River Craft Station, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Little River, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 9:00am on Wednesday 15th February 2017
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 5th March 2017
Seaweek - Shellebrate Seaweek At Your Library
Shellebrate Seaweek at your library: swim along for stories, songs and silliness! You could even wear your togs! At these libraries and times during Seaweek: - 28th Feb: 10:30am New Brighton and Fendalton (with a ...
Where: Akaroa Community Library, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 2 Selwyn Ave, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 11:00am on Wednesday 1st March 2017
To: 12:00pm on Wednesday 1st March 2017
Edwards & Johann Double Agents - A Network That Never Sleeps
Edwards + Johann have been working together since 2007. Visual storytellers interested in the gaps, the unseen, the untold, the unfinished, the unpolished and the uneasy... “It is On the seam of things that most of ...
Where: 50 Works Gallery, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 50 London Street, Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 2:00pm on Friday 17th February 2017
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 25th March 2017
Sturrock & Ward NZ Tour
Hilltop Tavern is the second stop on a 28-day tour of NZ by this versatile acoustic trio from Australia. Featuring award-winning songsmith Brian Ward, the masterful guitar work of Marcus Sturrock (including his ...
Where: Hilltop Tavern, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 5207 Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Little River, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 4th March 2017
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 4th March 2017
Live at the Point Diamond Harbour
Live at the Point Diamond Harbour is an annual event incorporating music and sculpture every Sunday over 8 weeks of Summer. Sculptures will be displayed from 10 December onwards and live music starts 15 January and ends ...
Where: Godley House Site, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 2 Waipapa Ave, Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 1:30pm on Sunday 15th January 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 5th March 2017
Nau mai, Haere mai. Join us for a fun-filled, family day to celebrate our greatest treasure, our children. Highlights include pony, gig rides, farmyard pets, face painting, King Arthur III with Horrible Horace ...
Where: Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 1146 Okains Bay Rd, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 10:00am on Sunday 5th March 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 5th March 2017
Diamond Harbour School Twilight Fair
Come along and enjoy some fun for all the family. Eat from the delicious food stalls whilst you enjoy live music. Challenge yourself with our fun games and peruse the community stalls selling a variety of items. Join ...
Where: Diamond Harbour School, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 13 Hunters Road, Diamond Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 4:30pm on Friday 17th March 2017
To: 8:30pm on Friday 17th March 2017
Ben Waters & Friends Chris Jagger and Rolling Stones Band
Ben Waters, the piano King of Boogie Woogie Rock and Blues is set to tour New Zealand. Alongside him will be the extremely talented singer-songwriter Chris Jagger (Mick's younger brother), and Tim Ries & Bernard ...
Where: Gaiety Hall, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 8:00pm on Friday 17th March 2017
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 18th March 2017