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Places to Stay

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. Just over an hour from CHC it's a great place for international visitors to start or end their South Island tour. The relaxed, romantic ambience makes Akaroa & the Bays an ideal place for celebrating life's special milestones. Decide your budget, style, location and occasion and come and stay for more than a day.

  • Akaroa Coastal Studio

    We warmly invite you to enjoy bed and breakfast in the Akaroa Coastal Studio, perched above native bush, with spectacular views of the harbour. Attached to our modern home, it is a quiet, private room with its own entrance, queen-bed, kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Tea/coffee facilities, fridge, microwave, WiFi, SkyTV and a delicious continental breakfast are provided. Enjoy native birdsong, stunning sunsets, the sound of the sea and the peacefulness of this seaside property. Our coastal retreat sits harmoniously in its rural environment, seemingly remote but close to Akaroa township. Visit our website for more photos, feedback and availability calendar.

    Location310 Onuku Rd, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7610

    from (NZD)$150
  • Akaroa Cottages

    Nestled in New Zealand native bush overlooking Akaroa, Our Cottages offer one of the most private and serene holiday retreats. Akaroa Cottages, set on 12 acres of private bush land, is only 85 kilometers from Christchurch in New Zealand. Akaroa Cottages Offers a private and peaceful setting and accommodation with stunning panoramic views of the harbour and sea. Fully self contained and only a 10 minute walk into Akaroa.

    Location6888 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7195

    Fax03 304 7672

    from (NZD)$150
  • Akaroa Criterion Motel

    Newly renovated, you deserve the best. Our premium location is complimented by our superior guest facilities. Large studio apartments with views over the harbour. Private balconies. Double glazed and under floor heating. 5 Sky channels and in-house broadband. Penthouse 2 bedroom apartment that sleeps 4 in luxury. David and Gabrielle, pride themselves on providing a comprehensive service whether you are enjoying a holiday or require professional facilities for that next important conference.

    Location75 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

    Phone0800 252 762

    Fax03 304 7850

    from (NZD)$115
  • Akaroa House

    Peaceful grounds & stunning views. Akaroa House is a fully self-contained (servicing available) private restored heritage home. Five minutes easy stroll to main wharf and street. Luxury with five bedrooms & four bathrooms including French Tub ensuite. Also great for special group stays, family celebrations or small conferences. Wi-fi, large boardroom table and break out areas inside and out. Assistance can be supplied for catering and extra local accommodation. Akaroa House is also available for intimate weddings for up to 30 people with bridal party and guest accommodation. Email us for a personal quote.

    Location13 Aylmer's Valley Road

    Phone0800 211 008 or 021 425 476

    from (NZD)$500
  • Akaroa on the Beach

    We have three unique waterfront designer apartments each with spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour. The three architecturally designed apartments are just metres from the water, and a short waterfront walk to the village centre. Each apartment is self contained, with beautiful ensuites, a sophisticated mix of classic and contemporary interiors, decking and sea views. Choose one special apartment or, for your extended family or larger group, combine the top two apartments, or all three.

    Location229 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Phone027 3047010

    from (NZD)$110
  • Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park

    Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park has very affordable, quality accommodation, ranging from brand new standard cabins to recently renovated, full self-contained units as well as tent and power sites all with excellent views. Facilities include an adventure playground and swimming pool.

    Location96 Morgans Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7471

    Fax03 304 7471

    from (NZD)$32
  • Akaroa Village Inn

    Prime waterfront location, directly opposite the main wharf. Experience the absolute luxury of the Waterfront Superior Suites, with spa baths and fantastic views from the balcony. The Akaroa Village Inn also has affordable one, two and three bedroom units, as well as the modern Bruce Apartments. Ample off-street parking and swimming pool (summer).
    For direct bookings for the Bruce Apartments click HERE.

    Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 1111 or 0800 695 2000

    Fax03 304 7423

    from (NZD)$110
  • Akaroa Waterfront Motels - Driftwood and Wai iti

    The only motel in Akaroa on the water's edge. 24 spacious 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units. Quiet location- listen to the birds, not the traffic. Newly renovated units. Private spa in tropical setting. Private jetty-boats for hire. Sky TV, DVD Players, video library. Wireless internet, special Winter rates. Great for a romantic getaway! Only a minute's walk to shops, cafes and the heart of Akaroa.

    Location56 - 64 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7484 or 0508 928 373

    Fax03 304 5858

    from (NZD)$115
  • Banks House Akaroa

     Luxury Boutique Accommodation. Banks House Akaroa, offers luxury accommodation and harbour views to discerning guests who enjoy heritage, character and the charm of a bygone era. Banks House is a ‘sister property’ of Beaufort House Akaroa (formerly Wilderness House)




    Location158 Rue Jolie, Akaroa


    Phone+64 3 3047517 or +64 21 1904456

    from (NZD)$275
  • Barn on the Vineyard at French Farm

    Come and stay in the romantic attic room of our traditional Timber Frame Barn, situated in the landscaped grounds of the Vineyard at French Farm. Whilst only a short stroll from the waterfront, you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of this picturesque Valley on the shores of Akaroa Harbour. The Barn provides the perfect spot for a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ stay of two nights or more.


    Location87 French Farm Valley Road

    Phone03 304 5811 or 027 515 9159

    from (NZD)$160
  • Beaufort House Akaroa

    Beaufort House Akaroa (formerly Wilderness House), offers luxury boutique accommodation and harbour views to discerning guests who enjoy heritage, character and the charm of a bygone era. The house is furnished with English & European antiques of the era. A gourmet breakfast is included, served on white linen, silver, china and vintage glassware, a perfect relaxing start to the day! Complimentary glass of wine and canapés in the evening with your hosts Noel and Sharon. Free WI-FI access, SKY TV in the guest lounge. Established trees and birdlife abound & the boutique vineyard at the rear of the property with the original servants quarters gives a wonderful peaceful and tranquil setting. 

    Location42 Rue Grehan, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7517 or 021 190 4456

    from (NZD)$310
  • Blythcliffe

    Built in 1857, the wonderful Blythcliffe is listed as an Historic Place Category 1 with Heritage New Zealand, Pouhere Taonga, and sits graciously within the charming and Historic Area of the French settlement village of Akaroa, along the waterfront of Akaroa Harbour on Canterbury’s spectacular Banks Peninsula. Blythcliffe is one of Akaroa's oldest and most loved grand old houses; our own stately home. We are an easy 5 minute stroll to excellent cafes, restaurants and the many other attractions Akaroa has to offer, also centrally located for trips further afield.

    Location37 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa

    Phone+64 021 527184

    from (NZD)$255
  • Bon Accord Backpackers

    A friendly base to explore the stunning Akaroa village & Banks' Peninsula. Two homely historic houses, private cabins and dorm rooms available, a bed for every budget! Dolphin swim or wildlife kayak, join a penguin safari or enjoy discounted bike hire for guests. Return for a BBQ dinner in our sunny riverside garden or enjoy our cosy lounge and roaring fire for trading travellers tales. Free 200 MB WiFi on arrival.

    Location57 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7782

    from (NZD)$27
  • Chateau Mont Clair

    Chateau Mont Clair was built in 2010-11 and two superior Guest Rooms were included in the construction to provide luxurious accommodation for visitors looking for comfort, peace and tranquility above all else. The Chateau is set on 17 acres in an elevated position overlooking Akaroa harbour and enjoys 360 degrees of magnificient views. The house is surrounded by lawns and fringed with natural bush & two streams. Birds abound and 'silence is golden'. Our rates are for couples sharing either a King or a Queen en-suite and includes a delicious cooked English Breakfast, an invitation to join our pre-dinner "Happy Hour" for complimentary drinks, Wifi, safe parking and helicopter landing.

    Location131 Stony Bay Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7873

    from (NZD)$265
  • Chez Fleurs

    Ideally situated with stunning water-front views, superior accommodation and a short walk to restaurant, cafés, shops and local attractions. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast on your own private balcony as you soak up the magic scenery.

    Location15 Smith Street, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 8674

    Fax03 304 8974

    from (NZD)$160
  • Chez la Mer Backpackers

    Picturesque budget accommodation (queen, doubles, twins & dorm beds) with secluded garden, close to all amenities. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee, tea & spices. Free wifi, mountain bikes, fishing rods, & walking maps. Discounted trips on the Fox II (Dec - May).

    Location50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7024

    Fax03 304 7024

    from (NZD)$25
  • Coombe Farm

    Coombe Farm is set in the peaceful Takamatua Valley 5 minutes drive from Akaroa. An oasis of serenity away from it all, on a working 850 acre sheep farm. Staying here is both comfortable and informal, peaceful and private. Choose between the historic farm house and the delightful shepherds' hut with its own outdoor bath. Walk the hills strewn with native trees and bush, abundant bird life, creeks and waterfall. Enjoy the tranquil setting and sea views or relax on the verandah surrounded by the organic garden.

    Location18 Old Le Bons Track, Takamatua

    Phone03 304 7239

    from (NZD)$145
  • Duvauchelle Holiday Park

    Situated 83Kms from Christchurch, sign posted, just off SH75, only 10Kms by road from Akaroa Village.  We are one of the Holiday Parks on the Peninsula situated right on the water’s edge. Two large level terraces have powered and non-powered sites. We also have 1 self- contained Tourist Flat and 3 standard cabins, 2 with lovely views of the harbour. Neighbourhood shopping, hotel, garage, great 18 hole golf course and Barry Bays cheese factory nearby.  An ideal base for visiting all the beautiful bays on the Peninsula and doing some of the wonderful activities available – walks, mountain bike riding, kayaking etc.

    Location19A Seafield Road, Duvauchelle

    Phone03 304 5777

    from (NZD)$23
  • eleven stanley place

    Elegant and contemporary boutique accommodation. Peaceful location, set in natural bush gardens. Awaken to the sound of birdsong; enjoy a full continental breakfast on your private balcony with great views of the harbour. The beach is a 5 minute walk away, and the town is a gentle 15 minute walk along the harbour. New Zealand natural toiletries, luxurious Egyptian linen and a chilled bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc awaits your arrival. We offer two queen rooms with exquisite en-suite showers ‘Stanley Room’ and ‘Lavaud Room’.

    Location11 Stanley Place, Akaroa

    Phone0064 3304 7577 or 0064 27304 7578

    from (NZD)$325
  • Gatekeepers Cottage

    Gatekeepers Cottage is a delightful surprise. Skillfully crafted in native timbers and artistically decorated, the cottage is a romantic escape. Set within a beautiful walled garden, with private entrance and stone paved courtyard entertaining area, the cottage sits in idyllic Akaroa countryside with views towards the volcanic rim (extinct!). Higher up in Kokopu Estate’s vineyard, there are delightful sea views and access to the numerous walking tracks. The property is accessible from the Banks Peninsula Track. Luxuriously comfortable beds, WiFi and all mod cons. Private and peaceful, yet only a 20 minute walk away from Akaroa township, guests will receive a warm welcome .

    Location155 Grehan Valley Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7427

    from (NZD)$110
  • Hickory Bay B&B

    Do you want a change from your busy lifestyle, get away from hectic cities?
    15 km from Akaroa  will take you to a place where you can relax in the peace and quiet, the only sounds you will hear are the birds.
    Rest or take a walk in the surrounding beautiful scenery during the day, or enjoy the night sky from the outdoor bath or spa.
    If you feel yourself winding down already, come and visit a piece of heaven.



    Location429 Hickory Bay Road

    Phone 03 304 8576

    from (NZD)$150
  • Kawatea Farmstay

    Escape to Okains Bay, one of Banks Peninsulas unique and beautiful bays. Kawatea is a gracious historic homestead set in mature gardens, surrounded by 1500 acres of coastal land farmed by the family for five generations. Enjoy the secluded beaches with panoramic views and excellent swimming and walking opportunities. Learn about Maori culture and the life of the early settlers at the acclaimed Okains Bay museum. Join us in the evening for creative country fare from our garden whilst sharing experiences with fellow travellers.



    Location1048 Okains Bay Road, Okains Bay

    Phone03 304 8621

    Fax03 304 8621

    from (NZD)$140
  • Kokopu Estate Cottage

    Kokopu Cottage is idyllically situated beside a stream with gorgeous garden and native trees. Secluded bush bath. Open fire in the sitting room. Private location but only 2 minutes from Akaroa. Voted one of the most romantic places to stay in New Zealand by Sunday Star Times. 2 nights minimum stay.

    Location155 Grehan Valley Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7427

    from (NZD)$160
  • L'abri

    L'abri is located above the beautiful Takamatua bay, 3 kms from the historic French Township of Akaroa.This beautiful bed and breakfast on a breathtaking site offers luxury accommodation in a new architectually designed home with privacy, comfort and relaxation in mind. Once you arrive at L'abri you can park the car, leave the stress behind and unwind. Enjoy the extensive views across the harbour to the surrounding hills and the meandering gardens along with abundant wildllife. Prices range from $195-$265. 

    Location7 Takamatua Bay Road, Takamatua

    Phone03 304 7833

    Fax03 304 7833

    from (NZD)$195
  • La Rochelle Motel

    La Rochelle offers a modern & contemporary complex with a mix of Super King, King, Queen or Twin bed Studio's & a 2 Bedroom Apartment. Each unit has it's own private patio or balcony overlooking our native garden & stream boundary. Wake to the beautiful birdsong.

    Location1 Rue Grehan, Akaroa

    Phone0800 452 762 or 03 304 8762

    Fax03 304 8769

    from (NZD)$110
  • Les Troupes Apartments

    8 Luxury apartments, 2 & 3 bedrooms, full kitchen, dining & lounge with private sunny balconies. Sky TV, BBQ area, lock up and covered parking, boat parking and boatwash. We are only 50 metres from all the fun and action on the new waterfront promenade and the main wharf.

    Location5 Church St, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 8055

    Fax03 304 8502

    from (NZD)$140
  • Matua Gardens Retreat

    Matua Gardens is a boutique, Enviro Gold, 5 Star Retreat overlooking Robinsons Bay. It is exclusive and romantic where you will receive 5 star treatment, gourmet dining & fine wines. Sea views, open fire, & a double spa bath. Best shared with someone you love although singles are warmly welcomed too. Personalised romantic packages a speciality. No television. A great experience and only 10 mins drive to Akaroa.

    Location15 Kingstons Hill Road, Robinsons Bay

    Phone03 304 8946

    from (NZD)$535
  • Mumfords

    Mumfords is a luxury, secluded, self contained, waterfront property and is set in 20 hectares of gardens, trees and native bush, all for your exclusive enjoyment. We have uninterrupted views of the harbour and hills of Banks Peninsula. Wheel chair friendly. Besides seclusion we offer all comforts and treats including Skye, flat screened TV, DVD player, broadband, computer, printer, large BBQ, and log burner. Breakfast and picnic hampers are optional extras. Special prices for more than 1 night and longer. Ask us about our special rates for autumn and winter.

    Location228 Onuku Road, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7680

    from (NZD)$251
  • Nancy’s Retreat

    Nancy’s Retreat at Lyndhurst farm is set high in the hills of Okains Bay, 2.5 km from the Summit Road. Look for the red roofs on the right. The homestead dates back to early 1870’s and has been a major restoration project for us.
    Nancy’s is a separate self contained unit with an antique brass bed and feather duvet, kitchenette, bathroom, TV (free to air) and DVD player. It sleeps two only. It has west facing French doors and a private east facing deck overlooking a waterfall and fernery. Breakfast is inclusive and can be taken either in your unit or the homestead, good coffee is our speciality.


    Location692 Okains Bay Road, Okains Bay

    Phone03 304 8518

    from (NZD)$150
  • Onuku Bush Retreat

    Onuku Bush Retreat offers an Idyllic setting on a small farm on the edge of the bush overlooking Akaroa Harbour, 6 kms from Akaroa township. Romantic double units with private verandahs. Unique views & native bush and birds. This is a farm experience where you can feed the animals & join the milking session. Fresh produce straight from the farm. Swim with the rare Hector dolphins from farm beach. Guided kayak trips. Explore the rugged coast line, watch the dolphins. Extensive walking tracks starting at the door. No crowds, spectacular views. Close to the start of the Banks Peninsula Track.

    LocationHamiltons Road, Onuku

    Phone021 520 164

    from (NZD)$70
  • Old Shipping Office

    Welcome to the Old Shipping Office, a luxury historic building that has been transformed into beautiful accommodation. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, this apartment has the comforts of home full with history and style. The bathroom has a lovely big spa bath and the lounge has a cosy gas fire, both perfect for relaxing with a glass of bubbly! The Old Shipping Office is set in the heart of Akaroa where you can enjoy the quaint village life offering a delightful mix of boutique shopping, craft and art galleries and exquisite dining experiences, just minutes from your door.


    LocationChurch Street, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 1111 or 0800 695 2000

    Fax03 304 7423

    from (NZD)$190
  • Paua Bay Farmstay

    Time spent at Paua Bay is a truly unique experience. Not only will you be able to enjoy the wonderful surroundings in our private bay but also you will join a traditional farming family sharing their daily endeavours. Walk to the beach enjoy seals, abundant birdlife & bush. Relax in the hammock amongst the extensive garden. At the end of the day soak in the romantic outdoor bath savouring the experience.

    LocationPauabay Road, Paua Bay

    Phone03 304 8511

    from (NZD)$150
  • Potters Croft Loft

    The Loft at Potters Croft is situated above the Grehan Stream overlooking a magnificent 2 acre garden featuring a pond, rose arbours, expansive lawns and pathways, all yours to explore and relax in. 350m from the main street of Akaroa and a 5 minute walk to the village, yet peaceful and private. The Loft is separate from the main house with its own entrance and deck. Kitchenette with self catering facilities, continental breakfast in fridge, Sky TV, i-pod dock, free WI-FI, private courtyard.

    Location57 Rue Grehan, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 8865

    from (NZD)$160
  • Room with a View

    Budget B&B for travellers. Rosemary offers 2 rooms in a lovely quiet location only 4 minutes walk to the main wharf and Cafes. Guests can enjoy the large garden taking in the view from the long verandah. Enjoy this special historic home which is situated next to the Garden of Tane, a bush reserve. Enjoy the sound of native bird song while relaxing in spacious comfort.

    Location16 Aubrey Street, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7609 or 027 6956981

    from (NZD)$80
  • Shamarra Alpaca Farm Stay

    Hidden away on a secluded hillside with views over the historic town of Akaroa and its beautiful harbour, Shamarra Alpaca Farm Stay is the perfect place to relax, unwind and escape from the stress of your busy life.  You will feel the tension melt away the moment you walk into your luxurious suite and see the spectacular view of the harbour and hills. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast served in your suite.  Your hosts will also treat you to a tour of their commercial alpaca farm, home to over 90 alpacas. It’s simply magic!

    Location328 Wainui Main Rd, French Farm

    Phone03 304 5141 or 021 757592

    from (NZD)$395
  • The Olive Grove

    Spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour from your tastefully decorated bedroom, ensuite bathroom and private balcony, and all set in an established garden and working olive grove. Enjoy a delicious and varied breakfast and taste our olives and award winning olive oils over a complimentary pre-dinner drink. A unique experience and only 10 mins to Akaroa. Robinsons Bay Olives & Olive oil can be tasted from 10am-5pm.

    Location36 Sawmill Road, Robinsons Bay

    Phone03 304 5190

    from (NZD)$200
  • Tresori Motor Lodge

    Luxury motel + waterfront apartment accommodation at its very best!. Superior king size studios with double spa baths, 2 bedroom suites with king and queen beds or the deluxe super-king honeymoon suites – Tresori guarantees to make your stay memorable. Two minute stroll to the waterfront cafés.

    LocationCnr Rue Jolie & Church St, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7500

    Fax03 304 7502

    from (NZD)$120
  • Tussock Rocks Retreat

    Tussock Rocks is a small unique retreat, with a magnificent view over the sea. Thirty minutes from Pigeon Bay. One hour from Akaroa. There is one twin-share bedroom available. All meals are included as it's isolated! Tariff $160/person/night. Minimum of two nights, unless there are two people. Come to relax or for lots of walking. Tracks through the bush and over the hills. Try your hand at pottery and join Alice in her studio - artist's workshops can be arranged. See website for more information. 



    LocationPigeon Bay

    Phone+64 027 223 1171

    from (NZD)$160
  • Vals Place-Apartment

    Val's place is a self contained flat owned by Val Parker. Val will also do a great continental breakfast if you would like and also vegan meals by arrangement. Only 8 mins walk into Akaroa and very reasonably priced at $120 for 2 persons. Can accommodate 4. Bush views, birds, peaceful and sunny. Also available are meditation, massage, health & exercise advice and thought field therapy. Please phone Val for availiability. Please leave a message on Val's phone if phone unattended or phone the Akaroa Adventure Centre on 03 304 7784. 

    Location1 Langois Lane, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 8646 or 03 304 7784

    from (NZD)$90
  • Akaroa Coastal Cottage

    The Akaroa Coastal Cottage enjoys magnificent sea views from its secluded setting in native bush. Wake to a chorus of bellbirds, look for dolphins from the terrace or lie back and watch our magnificent mamaku tree ferns unfurl. The location is totally private and seemingly remote yet it is only a short drive or an easy walk to Akaroa on a quiet, scenic road. The cottage sleeps 6 and is sunny, warm and well-equipped with modern appliances, barbeque, heat pump, large bath, SkyTV and WiFi. Suitable for families with children. Visit our website for more photos, feedback and availability calendar.

    Location296 Onuku Rd, Akaroa

    Phone03 304 7610

    from (NZD)$135