Top things to do in Akaroa

Known for extensive marine wildlife and its rich history, Akaroa makes for a culture-rich and adventurous weekend getaway on the South Island of New Zealand. Akaroa, meaning ‘Long Harbour’ in Maori, sits on the Bank Peninsula directly above an ancient volcano, almost 75 kilometres south of Christchurch.

With extensive harbours and bays, the historically French and English settlement offers a range of water activities including diving with dolphins, sailing, and sea kayaking. While you’re not busy out exploring the clear-blue waters, the cafes, markets, the Akaroa Art Gallery, and the colonial architecture at the Giants House, are a must-see.

The vibrant small-town makes for an amazing summertime destination and a romantic winter getaway. It is also a paradise for foodies, where visitors can enjoy the extensive wineries like the Takamatua Valley Vineyard, visit local farms, and indulge in Mediterranean-like cuisine at the local Akaroa Cooking School.

The town also offers amazing hiking and bush trails on the Greater Banks Peninsula for those looking for expansive landscape views of the ocean and rolling landscape.