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Experience Amazing Animal Encounters in Akaroa. Text by Sally James.
With its breath-taking beauty and big personality, Akaroa is the perfect place to get closer to nature and uncover the true wonder that mainland New Zealand has to offer the discerning traveller. Whilst many people visit Akaroa to spend time on its beautiful beaches or to see its historic architecture, many more people are unaware that this is one of the finest destinations for animal enthusiasts to visit in order to explore and interact with a wide array of different animals. Here are just some of the incredible animal encounters you can experience when you visit Akaroa, as well as what makes them so unique.
I lay in the wood-fired bath under a starlit sky at Stony Bay cottages, the halfway point on the Banks Peninsula Track, and listened to the silence as my leg muscles slowly untied. It was the first quiet moment on a track whose rugged beauty and rich wildlife is captured by its sounds.
The night before, locals could hear the peninsula's famous southerly long before it arrived, rumbling through the Akaroa head and down the harbour. All night the wind roared as it pounded the petite Onuku Farm lodge, the track's first-night accommodation, 10 minutes from Akaroa with stunning views across the harbour...
Kristie Kellahan discovers the story behind a proudly Gallic town on New Zealand's South Island. It could have all turned out so differently. Had Captain Jean-Francois Langlois and 63 pioneering French nationals arrived in the Land of the Long White Cloud a few weeks earlier, New Zealand would now be Nouvelle-Zelande.
We're willing to believe Akaroa Harbour is just a super convincing mirage, because every photo we see of it burrowing smack-dab in the center of an ancient volcano just doesn't look real. This perfect little place we're talking about, found courtesy of Reddit, is located in Banks Peninsula, New Zealand.
Serene and beautiful. You'll love this place, writes Elisabeth Easther.
Where is it: On Banks Peninsula, in Canterbury, 84km from Christchurch.
Origin of name: Akaroa means Long Harbour in Maori.
Population: There's a permanent population of 624, but it can increase to about 5000 in the summer - 80 per cent of houses are holiday homes.
Town slogan: Formerly "The Riviera of Canterbury", now it's "The jewel in the crown of Canterbury".
Cruise Insight magazine, Spring 2012, Award to Akaroa, New Zealand. Best local inituitive-strong proactive community involvement in response to earthquake in Christchurch.