Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
Located on a picturesque inlet on the volcanic Banks Peninsula, the historic village of Akaroa is the peninsula’s greatest attraction. Akaroa is a stunning resort town famous for being the only French settlement in New Zealand and being a favourite getaway destination within an easy distance from Christchurch. Akaroa offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere surrounded by mountains, pastoral farms and the large beautiful natural harbour. more
Akaroa activities offer a range of activities including hiking, sailing, farm tours, horse riding, penguin tours, cycling tours and range of nature and eco cruises where you can spot playful dolphins and penguins. As a resort town, Akaroa has many holiday homes and a great selection of restful country and resort accommodation to choose from. Akaroa accommodation includes holiday homes, bed and breakfasts, lodges, motels, glamping and other accommodation.
The sheer natural beauty and number of things to see and do in Akaroa makes it a top destination in New Zealand for international cruise ships. If you are coming on a cruise ship, check out Akaroa’s cruise ship passenger attractions. Akaroa is sure to be one of your most memorable highlights from your New Zealand adventure.
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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!
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.
Mobile-friendly - Akaroa Tours & Transfers offer local, knowledgeable, scenic tours. Scenic Guide, Philip Narbey, provides cruise ship passenger tours, transfers to and from Christchurch. Sports group transport. Cruise shore trips. Exclusive small group tours. Corporate & Conference transfers. Banks Peninsula Track transfers from Christchurch to Akaroa and return.
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 - You can start your Adventure Motorcycle ride from here; Christchurch, or Akaroa; a unique French settlement nestled in a harbour from an extinct volcano. Get out on our dual sport adventure bikes and explore the beauty of Banks Peninsula while blazing (or cruising) the trails on sealed and unsealed roads. We provide the bikes, instruction, guidance and kit you need.
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.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Chauffeurnz.com specialises in transport for the South Island of New Zealand. We are committed to providing ultimate comfort 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 the luxury of Lexus sedans and Mercedes Benz mini vans we are the transport business for you.
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.
Christchurch Taxi Tours is the BEST way to see Christchurch. Personal tours upto 4 people, you won't be lost in a bus full of people. On a flight? I'll track your flight and will be waiting in the Arrivals Hall for you when you land. Covering Christchurch, Canterbury, Akaroa & The Bays and more South Island top Destinations. WiFi available.
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.
Working 850 acre sheep farm, nestled amongst volcanic hills in Banks Peninsula at head of Takamatua Valley, 5km from Akaroa. Takamatua means "rest after a journey," and Coombe Farm is just the place to recharge before your next adventure. Staying here is comfortable and informal. Choose between historic farm house or delightful shepherds' hut with own outdoor bath.
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 - La Rochelle offers a modern motel complex located within easy walking distance of Akaroa's shops, cafes/restaurants and many recreational activities. Featuring 8 Double-glazed Studio units and 1 x 2-Bedroom apartment. Relax on your own north-facing private patio or balcony overlooking our tranquil stream boundary & native garden.
Mobile-friendly - Latitude South takes you to the real New Zealand going that extra mile, delivering authentic and fulfilling luxury travel experiences. Our focus on small groups and privately-guided experiences allows you to delve into the wonderful aspects that make up New Zealand. We’ll offer you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, engaging local people, fantastic activities-unique experiences that will live on in your memory.
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Seascape Photography Workshop
The perpetual ebb and flow of water is what brings seascapes to life. Explore with us how motion and reflections can be used to craft fascinating images. You will learn how to time your photography with tides, ...
Where: Taylors Mistake Beach, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Taylors Mistake Road, Sumner, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 5:30am on Saturday 25th August 2018
To: 9:30am on Saturday 25th August 2018
Don McGlashan - Free Flight NZ Tour
Coming to a town near you. Don McGlashan on a Nationwide 17-date NZ Tour One of Aotearoa’s most beloved songwriters, Don McGlashan, has today announced an extensive 17-date nationwide New Zealand tour, where he ...
Where: Gaiety Hall, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 7:30pm on Friday 19th October 2018
To: 10:30pm on Friday 19th October 2018
Akaroa Armistice Service
On Sunday 11 November 2018 there will be a special service at the Akaroa War Memorial to commemorate the 100 years since peace was declared. Church bells will be rung, as they had been all over the world when news was ...
Where: Akaroa Memorial, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Address: Rue Lavaud
From: 10:50am on Sunday 11th November 2018
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 11th November 2018
Motukarara Christmas At the Races
Have a cracker of a day at Akaroa Trotting Club's annual meeting only two weeks out from Christmas on Sunday 9 December. Just 20 minutes from Christchurch, Motukarara is the ideal venue to take advantage of the ...
Where: Motukarara Racecourse, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Fiddlers Road, Motukarara, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 10:00am on Sunday 9th December 2018
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 9th December 2018
Little River A&P Show
The Little River A&P Show is an epic day out in a beautiful location. The township of Little River plays host to 2000 people on this Saturday in January. Family friendly with entertainment for all the kids - big and ...
Where: Little River Domain, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Awa-Iti Domain, Little RIver, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 8:00am on Saturday 19th January 2019
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 19th January 2019