The Charm of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula is located just one and a half hour drive south-east of Christchurch, New Zealand. Akaroa is a coastal village on Banks Peninsula.
Banks Peninsula is the result of violent eruptions from three ancient volcanoes. The spectacular coastline of Akaroa Harbour and the surrounding bays are the remaining legacy of earth's fury.
The Ngai Tahu Maori tribe had already discovered the charm of the location well before Captain Cook sighted Akaroa Harbour in 1770s.
Akaroa is the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Their influence is still evident in this vibrant tourist town—look for French street names, quaint historical buildings and inspired cuisine.
Activities in Akaroa and the Banks Pensinsula include mountain biking, walking, fishing, boating and picnicking.