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!
Mobile-friendly - Akaroa Guided Kayak Safaris sea kayaking tours are based in the stunning French seaside town of Akaroa, one of the best locations to sea kayak in NZ, with neon blue and green water and untouched marine reserve. We provide guided 5-star kayaking tours that are Serene, Special, Spectacular and Safe! Our local, knowledgeable guides are the best in the business.
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 - Immerse yourself in uniquely charming accommodation available at the picturesque Akaroa Village Inn, Banks Peninsula near Christchurch. The ultimate in Akaroa waterfront accommodation set in this seaside community with a thriving culture and fascinating marine ecosystem. Stunning seaviews from our 30 serviced apartments including two-bedroom self-catering family units, sunny courtyard units and boutique accommodation in the Old Akaroa Shipping Office.
Mobile-friendly - 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.
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 - Cruise or swim with the smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphin in the world - the Hector's dolphin! Eco-tourism pioneer Black Cat Cruises offers world-class visitor experiences including our 2-hour Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Swimming with the Dolphins tour. Located within the picturesque and French-inspired, seaside town of Akaroa; Only a scenic 90 minute drive from Christchurch, New Zealand.
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 - The Green Antler glamping site is set on a deer farm in Little River on Banks Peninsula - just 50 minutes from Christchurch city. The large, luxury, family-sized safari tent, sits on a sunny, north-facing site overlooking native bush, farmland and hills.
We have an adventure package to suit EVERYONE! Touring isn't just a job for us, it's a lifestyle! We are local, we are fun and we love adventure, so who better to guide you on your epic South Island adventure tour than us!?
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.
Kiwi Travel Club invite you to experience our group tour through the Christchurch area. This is an easy-paced club style tour with a mix of cost organised day tours and some free time to do your own thing. Pricing includes 4-star hotel accommodation (Twin Share), TranzAlpine Arthurs Pass Train Trip, and entry to must-see attractions as listed in the itinerary.
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.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Guided 1-day walk on Banks Peninsula, a spectacular extinct volcano within 30 minutes of Christchurch. Experience the world-class views and enjoy a days' walk with our experienced local guides. If you are short on time, a half-day guided walk on Banks Peninsula is for you.
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.
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Okains Bay is a small settlement, beach and bay on the Banks Peninsula on the South Island. The small bay has a camping ground which offers an idyllic and quiet camping spot for families especially. It has safe, sandy beaches for water sports and swimming and an excellent playground for the children.
Mobile-friendly - New Zealand is a land of unequalled beauty, with spectacular landscapes and experiences found nowhere else in the world. My name is Tom Taylor, and as the owner and operator of Opulence Tours I invite you to let me take you, as your personal guide, to experience the very best of New Zealand.
This is the shortest track to Packhorse Hut and is suitable for small children and family groups. It also provides access to Te Ara Pātaka. The track passes through farm paddocks, then along farm tracks up a bush-clad valley. Be prepared to get wet feet on some small stream crossings.
Mobile-friendly - Spend a night in the middle of a penguin colony. Choose our 24/48 hour package to stay in our quirky units; Treehouse, Gypsy wagon or family beachside cottage. Have free time to relax and reconnect with nature, listening to birdsong and gaze at the milky-way. Guided evening penguin tour to view White-flippered Penguins (in season), sea-kayaking safari in marine reserve.
Mobile-friendly - Pohatu is the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Wildside discovery tour enables you to visit this remote and beautiful area, and learn of the Wildlife Conservation Program. Sea-Kayaking safari gives great wildlife viewing and allows the adventurous to explore out spectacular coastline. Our 24-hour Package gives you an opportunity to spend the night in the penguin colony.
Mobile-friendly - A PurePod is a unique, off-the-grid experience in a luxurious glass cabin located in secluded and stunning slices of beautiful New Zealand landscape. Watch the stars above, pull back the glass sliding doors on all three sides and indulge in the beautiful isolation. There are six fabulous PurePod locations from Banks Peninsula to Kaikoura - which will be your favourite?
Mobile-friendly - SiloStay is an accommodation complex like no other, situated in the heart of the beautiful township of Little River, on State Highway 75, adjacent to the Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail. Just forty minutes from Christchurch City and International Airport, and en-route to picturesque Akaroa. If you're looking for niche or quirky accommodation go to SiloStay, Little River.
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Mad Doggerel Cabaret
Two poets and a musician combine to present a comic and lyric portrait of Aotearoa New Zealand and its place in the South Pacific today. Their Mad Doggerel poetry cabaret is full of cascading words, wild musicality and ...
Where: Gaiety Hall, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 7:30pm on Sunday 21st August 2022
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 21st August 2022
Nikau in Akaroa
From a dazzling display of virtuosity to the gentle lilt of a lullaby, from the energetic burst of spring to the quiet contemplation of Noël, Nikau presents an afternoon of captivating music for harp, violin and ...
Where: Orion Powerhouse Gallery, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: 1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 3:00pm on Sunday 11th September 2022
To: 4:15pm on Sunday 11th September 2022
Governors Bay Fete
Get ready for another fantastic Governors Bay Fete. This year it will be held on Sunday 17th October. Expect all sorts of stalls including yummy food, fun for the kids, music and other attractions that will make this a ...
Where: Allandale Domain, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Bamfords Rd, Allandale, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 11:00am on Sunday 16th October 2022
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 16th October 2022
Don McGlashan & The Others
Don McGlashan is elated to announce the new Aotearoa tour dates to celebrate his number one album, Bright November Morning. The tour will have the full band that recorded the album with Don, including; Shayne P Carter ...
Where: Gaiety Hall, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Rue Jolie, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 7:30pm on Sunday 23rd October 2022
To: 11:00pm on Sunday 23rd October 2022
NZ Spirit Festival South Island 2023
NZ SPIRIT FESTIVAL 2023 IS COMING TO THE SOUTH ISLAND For us the South Island of Aotearoa symbolises beautiful mountainous terrain, crisp white snowy peaks, magical lakes, nomadic travel and a home to really ...
Where: Orton Bradley Park, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Charteris Bay Rd, Charteris Bay, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 10:00am on Thursday 19th January 2023
To: 4:55pm on Sunday 22nd January 2023
Generation Homes La Grande Swim
Bonjour Akaroa! We’re back again in this picturesque seaside village, with an incredible line-up of swims to choose from, starting in the morning this time around to maximise the tranquil conditions in the bay. The ...
Where: Akaroa Recreation Ground, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
Address: Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District
From: 5:30am on Saturday 25th February 2023
To: 12:00pm on Saturday 25th February 2023