Spying the land through their portholes last century, French colonisers set their hearts on Akaroa and it’s not hard to see why. To this day, beauty, adventure and hospitality are at the heart of this quaint coastal village.
Located on the south-east side of the deep, sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the charming township of Akaroa has a special point of difference – it was the only French settlement in New Zealand. That’s not where beauty ends. With historic buildings, magnificent harbour and passion for fine food, there is something for everyone in this seaside hotspot. Explore some of the best fish and chips in the South Island, take a cruise and see the marine wildlife or peruse the waterfront stores to your heart’s content. We’ve made a start on your exploratory itinerary here.
Pohatu penguins is a 100% family owned and operated business offering unique nature tours and sea-kayaking safaris to the largest colony of Little penguins on mainland NZ. See the penguins in their natural environment and learn about the self-funded conservation work that saved the birds from extinction from the area.
Ph: 021 2469556/03 3048542
BEAUFORT HOUSE AKAROA
Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Enjoy a romantic getaway in the ‘Riviera of the South.’
Beaufort House (1878) with its magnificent garden setting and petite vineyard offers a peace seldom found in the modern world.
Evening drinks and canapés, plus a full cooked breakfast included.
Ph: 021 190 4456
Jump on board and experience NZ’s oldest wooden ketch, the Fox II Sailing and Wildlife Cruise. Witness dolphins GUARANTEED, seals, penguins, albatross as you sail the coast and see the crater of an extinct volcano. History and wildlife narration. Snacks, drinks and FREE coffee/tea/HC.
10:30am & 1:30pm every day, 3hrs
Ph: 0800 369 7245
Glowing Sky Merino Clothing is made from South Island Wool and all their garments are manufactured by them right here in Canterbury. They sell exclusively through their website or stores, including their brand-new Akaroa shop!
Ph: 0800 456 946
PENINSULA GENERAL STORE
If you want…
• Excellent organic, fair-trade, flame roasted coffee
• Delicious freshly made food
• Real fruit smoothies
• Organic grocery items
• Gourmet food products and Xmas gifts
• Ethique personal care items
• And very friendly service
…come and see us at
The Peninsula General Store and Cafe
Ph: 03 304 8800
BLACK CAT CRUISES
Glide through the waters of Akaroa on a Black Cat Cruise. Scan the waters to see what native wildlife you can see. Seals, penguins, and the smallest dolphins in the world, the Hectors dolphin are all a possibility. Don’t forget to look up, as the skies are full of a variety of our flying friends as well.
Ph: 0800 436 754