Welcome to Akaroa and the Bays

Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of this area. A wide range of accommodation is available and you will need more than a day to explore this little piece of paradise.

Akaroa, with its own beautiful bays and harbour, French and English history has an enormous range of activities to keep you busy for days. In Flea bay you will find the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and all around you will find fantastic sea kayaking in spectacular surroundings.
Akaroa & the Bays have lots of exciting accommodation options - B&Bs, backpackers, cabins, camp sites, cottages, hostels, hotels, houses, lodges, motels, retreats; hosted, catered, self contained; Akaroa village, rural inner harbour and outer bays accommodation ranges from basic to luxurious. A great range to suit all budgets.
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, I do like to be beside the sea. Whether picnicking with family or romancing the love of your life what's better than seaside dining? Akaroa village is home to a great bunch of imaginative chefs, a butcher, baker and chorizo maker creating sensational snacks to degustation dinners using beautiful locally grown and prepared produce including fresh local fish.
As a venue for weddings, conferences and other gatherings Akaroa has wowed guests from throughout New Zealand and abroad. Akaroa can cater for formal to funky weddings, conferences, birthdays, re-unions or any other excuse you can think of to get a group of people together. If you want it to be memorable make it happen in Akaroa.
The journey to Akaroa is a delightful trip through changing landscapes with many natural and cultural features. Visitors to Akaroa travel by car or coach and making the trip on a bicycle is increasingly popular.
Cafes open onto the streets and harbour promenades, and boutique art and craft shops and galleries show off superb local works. Specialist shops offer a tempting variety of goods and those who enjoy walking will find charming lanes, colonial architecture and stunning views along the way. Akaroa is rich in Arts and Crafts with some exquisite local boutiques. There is something for every taste and budget.
With an eclectic mix of skills and interests in the community there is always something going on or off around Akaroa and the bays! As well as amazing community events showcasing local talents the area welcomes visitors to a broad range of national and internationally acclaimed music, arts, sports and cultural events for spectators and participators.
Akaroa is Maori for Long Harbour. The village is snuggled into a wide bay on the eastern side of the rugged harbour with Onuku Marae a little further south. The permanent population of around 700 in this historic village swells significantly over summer.

With a great range of places to stay, one day is just not enough

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  • Akaroa 175

    Akaroa’s 175 years Celebrations. 1840-2015. Celebrating 175 years of European history.
  • Akaroa French Festival 2015

    The Akaroa French Fest returns to Akaroa from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 October 2015, embracing the unique identity of New Zealand’s sole French settlement.
  • Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

    7-29 November 2015. Celebrates the stunning scenery and intimate communities of Banks Peninsula.
  • This Week in Akaroa

    There is always something happening in this wonderful town. A multitude of sports, arts and cultural events throughout the year abound.
  • Akaroa Customer Service Award for Excellence

    Vote here for great service in Akaroa.
  • News Room

    What are they saying about Akaroa in the media? Media Releases, Online News, Editorials, Blogs. Visit our newsroom here...
  • Camping Info for Akaroa & the Bays

    The joy of Banks Peninsula is to discover remote bays and enjoy the freedom that a campervan brings to a holiday.
  • JobSpot

    If you intend coming to Akaroa and working for the summer season of 2015-2016 let us know and we can help you find work and accommodation. Jobs in Akaroa-go here.
  • Video Gallery

    Akaroa & the Bays is an exciting and beautiful place to be. Watch these videos to discover a world of adventure that awaits you.
  • Walking Tracks—Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

    Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills.
  • What you can do in Akaroa

    'What you can do in Akaroa' Brochures in English, Chinese and French.
  • Why is Akaroa Harbour so Special?

    ‘Why is Akaroa Harbour so special?’ brochure. This new brochure was launched at Seaweek 2015.
  • Akaroa Facebook Page

    Like us on facebook and go in the draw to win a nature harbour cruise for 2 with Akaroa Dolphins.