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Akaroa (New Zealand)

Practical information on Akaroa

  • Relaxation
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Viewpoint
  • Port
  • Countryside
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 1 hour drive from Christchurch
When to go
Year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Akaroa

Delphine Teisserenc Seasoned Traveller
46 written opinions

Nestled at the heart of a former volcano, Akaroa is an old colonial city with French and English influences.

My suggestion:
Made up of a number of second homes, Akaroa has very few people in the winter making it quite a relaxing destination, far from the hustle and bustle of Christchurch. Consider booking the weekend!
My review

Founded on the Banks peninsula, on New Zealand's South Island, Akaroa is still evidenced by the attempt of French colonization. In fact, arriving in the city center, I noticed right away that there were still some streets with French names, and then I hung around in front of a butcher sporting the French colors.

The city is very calm in the winter, but the population quadruples when nicer weather comes. In fact, it's geographic proximity to Christchurch makes a day trip possible, making it a favorite vacation spot. Just passing through the area during winter, I can't say if "the invasion" remains bearable.

A small port, along a developed waterfront, Akaroa gave me a sense of healing, as if time had stopped for a weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't take the time to go for any of the walks offered in the area, but they allow you to get some height and thus take advantage of exceptional views of the bay. 

Akaroa, Banks peninsula
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