The Best of Akaroa


Akaroa travel blog

Surrounded by natural wonders, a stunning harbour, sparkling bays, wildlife and incredible scenery, Akaroa is the perfect holiday retreat. With a French provincial village vibe, enjoy amazing foodie experiences, local wine, a dolphin cruise, hang out with little blue penguins or go kayaking. Stay in unique accommodation nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano.

Things to do in Akaroa

See the Penguins – Pohatu/ Flea Bay is a beautiful sheltered bay out on the south eastern corner of Banks Peninsula. It is home to the largest Little Penguin Colony on mainland New Zealand with over 2000 penguins breeding there. Join a small group tour from Akaroa over one of the most scenic back country roads by 4WD van to see and experience a thriving Little penguin colony with the opportunity to stay overnight in the penguin colony.

Dolphin Encounters – The rare and magnificent Hector’s Dolphin have made the Akaroa Harbour home where and you can either watch them play from the comfort of a boat or get into the water and meet them up close.

Fishing & Nature Tours – The scenic Akaroa Harbour is home to a range of wildlife including penguins, dolphins, seals and birdlife. Explore the harbour on a boat tour for up-close viewing. Or take a fishing charter targeting kahawhai, cod, rig, barracuda, perch and moki.

Sample Local Food & Wine – Akaroa’s French heritage reflects in the regional cuisine. Foodie experiences include wine tours, locally made award-winning cheese, taste local producers at the farmers’ market or dine in one of the many cafes & restaurants showcasing fresh seafood.

Akaroa Farmers Market – Open every Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm from October to April the farmers market has a wealth of produce and ardent gardeners. On offer are locally grown fruit, veges, olives, nuts and flowers, herbs, honey, olive oil,  plus locally made preserves, pickles, jams, sauces, bread, pastries, lavender products, plants, and more.

Maori Culture – Experience the insight of Maori culture and the Akaroa Harbour first-hand on a unique tour. Get inside Maori culture while experiencing the natural beauty of New Zealand, traditional Maori seafood gathering and gastronomy.

Short Walks – Take in the scenery on one of many walks around the region such as the Garden of Tane, the French Cemetery and the Britomart Monument circuit. There are also 2 Woodhills walks; each with unique highlights like stunning views and native bush.

Family Fun – Visit one of the museums for an interesting insight of the region’s history. Have fun at the playground right by the pier. Tire out the kids on a nature walk. Go sea kayaking. Explore the rockpools at low tide. Tour the Akaroa Lighthouse. Have a picnic at one of the many scenic spots. Hike or Mountain Bike to Misty Peaks.

Unique Accommodation – Akaroa has a good number of accommodation providers. There are luxury hotels and lodges, motels and self-contained cottages, farmstays and holiday homes to rent. Akaroa also has holiday parks for camping, and backpackers. Accommodation can also be found elsewhere on the Peninsula, especially at the more popular bays, including Pigeon, Paua, Okains, Le Bons and Flea Bays.