Activities

Bright with possibilities, Akaroa has an abundance of activities to fill your day.

Onuku Farm Hostel Dolphin Swimming

Join us for a fun morning out on the water.  Our small boat is ideal for an intimate Hector's dolphin swimming or dolphin watching encounter! With only one trip per day we are not in a rush and will take plenty of time to ensure you get the best experience possible.

We will also explore some of the volcanic coastline, including sea caves, and look out for seals, penguins and sea birds.  

Daily tours at 7.30am  (1st October to early April)

Why come with us?

  • For a start - our price! $150pp or, if staying at any of the Onuku Farm Hostel accommodation, $130pp. Dolphin watching $75.
  • Small groups - with a maximum of 10 passengers you will have a more intimate dolphin experience.
  • 'Orca', our boat, is the ideal vessel - even while on the boat you get closer to the dolphins than on any other boat on Akaroa Harbour.
  • No, we don't have a heated cabin but you will be out there where the action is.
  • Operated from the family farm by a 4th generation Kiwi –one of the original dolphin tours on Akaroa Harbour and we have plenty of experience.
  • We meet and get ready at Onuku Farm and board the boat at the picturesque Onuku Marae - away from the hustle and bustle of Akaroa.
  • Early trips before the crowds get out there.

 Do you have a group and prefer your own private tour? Get in touch with us!

 Bookings are essential and you can either email, ring us or send a text message.

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Banks Track

The Banks Track pioneered hut to hut walking over private land in NZ and is still regarded as the finest private walking track in the country. Beginning in the village of Akaroa, the Banks Track includes spectacular volcanic coastline, waterfalls, native bush, open pasture, and delightful beaches. Renowned for its charming accommodation, the Banks Track is designed to provide a special and memorable experience for the intrepid explorer and holiday-maker alike. The same route can be covered in two or three days. Online booking is available.

Three day. 12 walkers per day. $330 per person inclusive of full pack cartage.
Two day.  4 hikers per day.  $195 per person
Check online availability for either package.
Season is October - April.

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ecoSeaker -Harbour Cruises

ecoSeaker -Harbour Cruises

Harbour Cruise 2:30pm

Do you have a sense for adventure?

Then join us on our Harbour Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are incredible. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. We run one 2hr Harbour Cruise per day, exclusively limited to 12 guests. Our boat is a 12.5-meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat. We are 100% locally owned & operated. Highly recommended on tripadvisor.

On our boat, you are part of the environment not removed from it.

While dolphins surf under the boat you can feel the spray from their blowhole!

DOLPHIN SWIMMING  10:30AM

Come and join us on one of our small, personal tours and experience the magic of swimming with the Hectors Dolphin in Akaroa New Zealand. They are the smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins in the world. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can experience them personally in their natural habitat. We are a small local family business, 100% locally owned & operated. We run one swim tour per day exclusively limited to 12 guests, offering a longer dolphin swimming tour to maximize your experience and your value for money with a 90.5% success rate. Wetsuits, masks & snorkels are provided, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.

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Barrys Bay Cheese

Originally one of nine dairies dotting the peninsula in the late 1800s, Barrys Bay Cheese is the last remaining factory. Today, we still use the traditional recipes brought to New Zealand by the early English settlers. We believe using fresh, local Bank Peninsula milk is the key to producing such consistent, beautiful cheese. Stop in and watch cheese making Monday through Thursday (Oct to May) and on non-make days a DVD is available. Enjoy complimentary samples and shop our assortment of local wines, craft beer and preserves available at our shop. Open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm.

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Akaroa Jet Adventures

To add to the many attractions that the beautiful Akaroa harbour provides, we specialize in giving the more adventurous an unforgettable jet boating experience, a must for those seeking that something extra! Climb aboard our 20 seat, twin v8 600HP 'Phat time' jet boat. This 7.5 metre cobra jet boat is the latest design combining power and speed with built-in comfort and exceptional safety features. A high speed 360 degree spin will show you just what this jet boat is capable of.

Summer Tour times:

Normal touring times are 1.30 pm and 3.45 pm. An additional time of 2.30pm is available should numbers require.

Groups can be individually catered for with regards to times and pricing. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

During days when cruise ships are visiting Akaroa extra touring times will be added and tour departure times for those days will be 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.15pm, and 3.30pm.

Prices: Only $79 per Adult and $45 for Children (13 years and under). 50 minute tours. 

Weather depending. Can take 18 persons.

Operates from Beach road shop. Book at Akaroa Jet on 61 Beach Rd.  

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Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum

Visit the Museum at the heart of historic Okains Bay. Enjoy the relaxed environment as you learn about life on Banks Peninsula in former times. Significant taonga Maori and early European items are among the exciting range of treasures on display in the Museum’s diverse complex of heritage buildings. Gift shop, tea and coffee available. Just 2kms to beautiful Okains Beach. Hours 10am – 5pm daily. Open every day except Christmas Day.

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Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

 Alpaca Farm Tour Akaroa

 Full of attitude, seriously cute and very, very photogenic – come and meet our friendly award winning alpacas.

Just one hour from Christchurch, you’ll find Shamarra Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula across the harbour from Akaroa.

With over 170 grazing alpacas you are guaranteed to make some furry friends while enjoying spectacular sea views. Tour our farm and visit our shop, exclusively stocking our luxurious New Zealand-made Shamarra alpaca knitwear.

Your Alpaca Farm Tour
  • Your tour starts with a brief introduction to alpacas and their unique and quirky habits. You will be coming into close contact with your new found friends so we will also give a quick safety briefing with an alpaca in the barn.
  • An award winning alpaca fleece is on display and you get to feel the incredible cashmere like softness of superfine alpaca whilst learning about their amazing qualities.
  • We will then walk you through our alpaca herd where you can enjoy interacting with these gentle animals while they graze contentedly in their natural habitat.
  • Feed the mothers with their their young by their side. This provides some amazing close up alpaca contact and great photos.
  • Take advantage of the views across Akaroa harbour which are absolutely stunning and provide endless photo opportunities for lasting memories of your visit to our farm.

Tour duration: 1 hour

Tour times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

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Winter Family Package $95 (2 adults/2 kids)
Family Alpaca Tour for 2 adults/2 children.  Our 1 hour tour is an interactive experience where we share our knowledge of these majestic animals, their unique fleece and their adorable personalities.  Visitors enjoy time in the paddocks with a group of friendly boys and also get to feed the mums with their cria (baby) nearby.  Endless photo opportunities and lots of alpaca cuddles.  At the end of the tour, a beverage and home baked biscuit are served in our Visitor Centre.  Included in our Winter Special is 25% discount in our farm shop on our exclusive range of Shamarra Alpaca knitwear.
Family Winter Special valid from June 1st to August 31st.
Please book through our website Click here  or Akaroa iSite.
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Discovery Travel Tours

Akaroa is Christchurch's most loved day tour destination. Join us for an exceptional scenic tour of Banks Peninsula, including Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, and the historical seaside village of Akaroa. Leaving central Christchurch, we travel the scenic route to Akaroa, over the Port Hills, via Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, through Gebbies Pass, alongside Lake Forsyth, through Little River, and along the Akaroa summit road. The scenic route from Christchurch to Akaroa takes just over 2 hours. Scheduled sightseeing photo stops are made, so don't forget your camera! You can then choose how to spend your day in Akaroa.

There are plenty of options to include in your day, from simply walking, relaxing in bars and cafes, taking a leisurely harbour cruise, or for the more adventurous, you can swim with the world's smallest dolphins - Hectors Dolphins. Whatever you choose to do, Akaroa, is a wonderful scenic and historical day tour destination and only 1.5 hours from Christchurch. 

GO DIRECT TO AKAROA TOUR PAGE. 

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ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming

ecoSeaker - Dolphin Swimming

On our boat, you are part of the environment not removed from it.

While dolphins surf under the boat you can feel the spray from their blowhole!

DOLPHIN SWIMMING  10:30AM

Come and join us on one of our small, personal tours and experience the magic of swimming with the Hectors Dolphin in Akaroa New Zealand. They are the smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins in the world. Akaroa is the only place in the world you can experience them personally in their natural habitat. We are a small local family business, 100% locally owned & operated. We run one swim tour per day exclusively limited to 12 guests, offering a longer dolphin swimming tour to maximize your experience and your value for money with a 90.5% success rate. Wetsuits, masks & snorkels are provided, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.

 

Harbour Cruise 2:30pm

Do you have a sense for adventure?

Then join us on our Harbour Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are incredible. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. We run one 2hr Harbour Cruise per day, exclusively limited to 12 guests. Our boat is a 12.5-meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea-going boat. We are 100% locally owned & operated. Highly recommended on tripadvisor.

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Pohatu Penguin Tours & Sea Kayaking

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 and how 30+ years of conservation efforts have saved it from extinction.

We have options for all to enjoy including 2- and 4-hour Scenic nature tours, Evening penguin safari, Sea-kayaking safaris in a marine reserve, hiking in ancient forest or even our 24-hour Pohatu package with a night in the middle of the penguin colony.

Tours leave from our booking office in Akaroa and your guide will transport you by 4WD mini-van over the crater rim of the long extinct Akaroa volcano to Pohatu/Flea bay where the penguins are. Photo stops along the way and up to 700 meters on the edge of the rim where you can gaze across Akaroa harbour and enjoy stunning views of the endless Pacific Ocean as you learn about the area’s rich history and unique wildlife.

Once arrived at the bay be greeted by friendly pet sheep, learn about the conservation efforts, take a walk around the bay and in season see White-flippered penguins, Canterbury’s unique variant of the little penguin, as we monitor nesting site(s) to check on the well-being of the colony.

To this day, the Helps family continue to be leaders in conservation and their efforts continue to be fully self-funded via Pohatu Penguins’ tours. When purchasing a tour, you have a positive input on our little Korora.

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Meniscus Wines Cellar Door

The wine is grown on the hillside off Lighthouse Rd on the south side of Akaroa overlooking the township. The vineyard is readily visible from the town as well as the Main and French Bay wharves. The grape varieties grown are award winning Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The cellar door is located at 43 Lighthouse Road where you can taste the wine over looking the vineyard. Tasty gourmet snacks, gifts and soft drinks are also available.

Terrace and Cellar Door is now closed for tasting over winter, wine sales will continue and we welcome all enquiries via email or phone

Reopening in Spring with exciting new wine tasting experiences.

We offer Gift Vouchers for those special occasions

You can taste the various vintages, enjoy a glass, share a bottle with friends at the cellar door at 43 Lighthouse Rd, Akaroa.

It's just under 1km steep walk up the hill and great views over Akaroa township. 

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Akaroa Golf Club

Family Package $50
Includes green fees for 9 holes, club/trundler hire for 2 adults and up to 3 children (up18yrs)
Pre-booking of equipment is recommended, especially if wanting to play outside of office opening hours.
To Book phone the  03 304 5704 or akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz.
Summer opening hours Fri-Tues 9am-3pm 03 304 5704 or akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz. Office winter (June-August) opening hours Mon and Fri 9am-3pm.

2 person cart package 
$90 (RRP $115)
Green fees for 2 people, and 1 hire cart.
Valid until 30 December 2020. Prebooking of golf cart is recommended. Not available for tournament entries.
Book direct with the golf club via 03 304 5704 or akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz.

4 person cart package 
 $160 (RRP $230)
Green fees for 4 people and 2 hire carts. 
Valid until 30 December 2020. Prebooking of golf cart is recommended. Not available for tournament entries.
Book direct with the golf club via 03 304 5704 or akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz.

 

A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries. We also hire out the Golf Club for weddings and functions and special pakages for cruise ship passengers.

 

Akaroa Golf Club
Pawsons Valley Road, Duvauchelle, Banks Peninsula

This delightful 18 hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of the picturesque Akaroa Harbour. It is regarded as one of the most scenic courses in Canterbury.

Statistics
Men 18 holes Par 67 4444metres
Women 18 holes Par 70 4226 metres
Course Records 60M 68W

Green Fees Club & Trundler Hire. Cart hire by arrangement.
Moderate green fee and hire rates apply. All rates are on our web site.

Discount rates are available on application for groups of 10 or more players. The 9 hole course can be played by arrangement with the Club.

Visitors are welcome on the course at all times. For group bookings please phone the Club to arrange a start time. Bar facilities are available by arrangement. Green Fee players with a registered handicap are welcome to enter Club competitions. Upcoming tournaments are posted on the notice board at the Clubhouse.

Cruise Ship Packages:

Walking Package
$95.00 NZD per person.
Includes:-
Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf.
Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course.
Course information briefing & equipment set-up.
Clubs, Balls, Tees, Trundler Trolley.
Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time.

Ride on Cart Package
$130.00 NZD per person, OR $220 NZD per couple.
Limited number of carts available, bookings essential.
Includes:–
Meet & Greet at designated time on Akaroa Wharf.
Return transfers from Akaroa Wharf to Golf Course.
Course information briefing & equipment set-up.
Clubs, Balls & Tees, Ride on Cart
Pick-up and return to Akaroa Wharf at designated time.

Book with Information Centre Team on the main wharf on arrival or pre-book directly with Akaroa Golf Club akaroagolf@xtra.co.nz or phone Rachael (Manager) on 03 304 5704.

For more information about the Akaroa Golf Club go to www.akaroagolf.co.nz

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The Giants House

The GIANTS HOUSE. Sculpture, mosaic garden and Gallery. "The happiest garden on earth". Garden of International significance by NZ Garden Trust. Trip Adviser - award of excellence, recommended by Lonely Planet. The Giants House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa. Very Unique! Playful, zany, exuberant, astounding, colorful, surprising, seriously playful, unique in the world....it will make you smile. B&B accommodation is also available.

Winter Hours
Open 11:00am - 2:00pm everyday 

Tour of the Garden. Rate:$20.00 per person, $10 per child (2-15 years). Family Concession:2 Adults + 1 Child $45, 2 Adults + 2 Children $50, 2 Adults + 3 Children $55, 2 Adults + 4 Children $60, Students (with ID) $17.50, Seniors (with NZ Gold Card ID) $17.50.

For larger groups ( pre booking for these is required)  Visit through the historic art house, introductory talk by the artist, visit of garden and gallery is $25.50 +gst pp

Cafe style lunch is available in Summer for groups up to 20 people

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Akaroa Paddle Board Hire & NightSUP Akaroa

Akaroa Paddle Board Hire & NightSUP Akaroa

Hire a high quality, super stable Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) and head out to cruise our beautiful harbour. All safety gear supplied as well as SUP paddling tips if required. Boards are available by the hour as singles or hire a family Size SUP that takes up to 4 people! Or book for a NightSUP tour and view Akaroa's sealife under super bright lights and have an experience that everyone raves about!

NightSUP Akaroa is New Zealands first and only guided night time paddle board operation.
Our boards are all equipped with custom made LED light kits that light up the sea floor as you glide around the stunning Akaroa waterfront.
There is a great variety of sealife and you just never know what will pop up!
Be one of the first to experience a truly magical experience that everyone is raving about.
You dont need any special gear and all equipment is provided.
You do not need to have paddled before to participate as a lesson is provided as part of the experience.

Check out a review here from Backpackerguide NZ HERE. 

View our amazing selection of photos on our Facebook page HERE.  

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Coast up Close Wildlife Adventures

Come see spectacular coastline and magnificent wildlife aboard our classic Kauri launch. 2.5 hour trips, personally guided by skipper/owner Tony Muir. "We will get you up close to Hectors dolphins, little blue penguins, NZ fur seals and amazing seabirds."

Boarding from far -end of Main Wharf, Akaroa at 10.15 and 1.45pm. Small groups on a spacious, dry and comfortable wooden launch. Private fishing & social charters are available. Summer cruises are $85 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $40. Infants under 1 year are free.

"Join us for the Best wildlife trip!"

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Black Cat Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with dolphins all year round! Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful and endemic Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels with our knowledgeable and awesome crew! All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your ultimate swimming with dolphins experience. A separate price is available for dolphin spectating only. Everything is provided: wetsuits, hot showers and hot chocolate. Finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure Experience Awards 2019.

Join award-winning Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. View stunning scenery, including the volcanic Cathedral Cave, relics of the area's past and a salmon farm. Complimentary tea & coffee on board and a postcard. Cruises depart daily from the main wharf. If you don’t see any dolphins, come again for FREE!

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Akaroa Winery

Akaroa Winery is a beautiful Mediterranean style venue, overlooking the stunning Akaroa inlet. Nestled in Takamatua Valley, the organic, family-owned vineyard is located on the north facing slopes of the lush hills of Banks Peninsula overlooking Takamatua Bay. We produce the highest quality grapes with every aspect of our growing and planting dedicated to the environment, using sustainable farming techniques. We believe that our fruit makes superior wines. We are focused on creating extraordinary age-worthy wines that express the unique characteristics of the fruit from Takamatua Valley. The rugged terrior of our vineyard produces wines with great intensity and finesse. Enjoy...

During Winter we are open by appointment - simply  phone 

Akaroa Winery, situated in Takamatua valley, overlooks the beautiful local harbour. Akaroa Winery is Akaroa's first and only certified Organic Vineyard and Winery Estate. Tour the vineyard and modern wine making facility. Taste some of the many wine vintages available while touring the amazing grounds and see the "dirt to bottle" experience first hand. Complimentary Shuttle Service available.

Open daily 11am to 4pm.
Private Tours and Tastings can be made by appointment.

Contact Allan for more information.

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Akaroa's Fox II

Sail with dophins, see wildlife. Akaroa harbour up close on New Zealand's oldest ketch Fox II. Learn about local history & help crew if you want. With 2 wooden masts and 6 sails there is always a halyard to hoist or a sheet to be pulled. 3 hour tour with historic narration, complementary fresh brewed coffee, tea, homemade hot chocolate and biscuits. The only boat in Akaroa with dolphin guarantee! You will see dolphins, penguins and seals (sometimes albatross), visit Cathedral Cave, see a waterfall and giant cliffs.

Akaroa's best value at $90pp ($45 per child). Seniors get a $10 discount and under 5 are free.
Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm.

The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour.

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Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises

Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises is a family business offering cruises from Akaroa exploring the amazing scenery and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We cater for small numbers of up to 8 passengers, keeping the trips relaxed and allowing us to offer personal service with informative conversational commentary. Our scheduled cruises depart from Akaroa's main wharf at 9:30am and 12:00 midday. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: online by the BOOK NOW button below phone 0800 226273.

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues with our professional skipper, we can tailor a trip specifically for you. Our rates are competitive and affordable and often less than you would pay to go on one of the larger boats with dozens of other passengers.

Take incredible shots of seacliffs, wildlife and seabirds for your Instagram feed and indelible memories of this beautiful place that we call home.

We also run private charters with flexible departure times, trip durations and itineraries. If your preference is to explore at another time of day with your own group of family, friends or colleagues with our professional skipper, we can tailor a trip specifically for you. Our rates are competitive and affordable and often less than you would pay to go on one of the larger boats with dozens of other passengers.

As well as scenic tours, Southern Wanderer is available for general charters, including research, filming, corporate outings, marine service work etc.
Phone or email us to book or enquire about our scheduled trips and private charters.

Visit our Facebook page Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises for more infomation and 'Like' to receive updates and special offers.

Phone or email us to book or enquire about our scheduled trips and private charters.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/southernwanderer_nz/

Tripadvisor:  https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attraction_Review-g285727-d15606777-Reviews-Southern_Wanderer_Scenic_Cruises-Akaroa_Canterbury_Region_South_Island.html

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Akaroa Museum

Following a programme of earthquake strengthening and repair, Akaroa Museum has created three new long term exhibitions about the history of Bank Peninsula: Ngā Taenga mai Arrivals, Land & Sea, and Tales of Banks Peninsula. These have been produced in collaboration with Ōnuku rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Current exhibitions

Banks Peninsula Landscapes

This exhibition is a selection of artworks from Akaroa Museum’s collection including oils, watercolours, and one pencil sketch. Some of the works are on display for here for the first time, including a Margaret Stoddart painting, Cottages, Little River (c.1923) donated to the Museum by Jeanette Nolan in 2016.

Facebook Page HERE.

Ngā Taenga mai  Arrivals focuses on a period of intense change from the 1830s to the 1850s and explores the simultaneous histories of whaling, the failed French colony, naval occupation, the arrival of Pākehā settlers, and the struggle by Ngāi Tahu to get a fair deal for their land.

Land & Sea is about the human relationship with the natural environment, and how settlers from both Polynesian and European origins made their living from the land and sea around Horomaka Banks Peninsula.

Tales of Banks Peninsula has local identity as its theme. Meet some of the heroes (and villains) that punctuate our history - Frank Worsley, Bully Hayes, Captain Bruce, Jessie Buckland and Pompey the Penguin.

Open:
The Museum is open 7 days a week. 10.30am until 4.30 pm. Entrance is FREE. 

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Akaroa's Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run

Jeff & Suzi invite you to join their rugged and remote rural mail delivery that has delighted tourists and locals alike for over 30 years.

Discover the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern bays, valleys and coastline on this unique mail run experience.

We travel 120km weaving in and out of 10 bays from sea level to the crater rim delivering mail to 140 letterboxes to farms and settlements in the comfort of our red Rural Post Van.

Your tour includes an interesting local Postie’s commentary, a delicious homemade snack/tea/coffee break, a visit to a historic church and a short walk on beautiful Le Bons Bay beach. Plenty of photo opportunities and comfort stops.

The tour operates from Monday to Friday, leaving opposite the BNZ Bank at 9am, and arrives back at approximately 2 - 2:30pm. Tours operate all year round and are $85 per person.


Bookings are essential as we only have 8 seats.

Please note: Saturday bookings by prior arrangement (for minimum of 4, & up to 8 passengers)

email Jeff & Suzi directly: easternbaysscenicmailrun@gmail.com

 View us on Trip Advisor (5 star rating/Certificate of Excellence)

 Follow us on Facebook - JeffandSuziCrawford

 On cruise ship days pick up is from the Akaroa Main Wharf for ALL passengers at 9am.

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Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

Winter Deals 

$200 Family Pass.
NZ Winter 20% Discount.
Our Family Pass is $200 for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 0-15 years), a saving of $84. Offer valid for cruises before the 31st of August 2020. To book this special deal, please call or email us today. *T&Cs apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
Receive 20% off your booking today. To redeem this special deal, please call or email us today and quote WINTER. Offer valid for cruises before the 31st of August 2020. *T&Cs apply. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

Akaroa Dolphins is an award-winning tourist attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand. Join us on our luxury boat where you will enjoy a 2-hour cruise around Akaroa Harbour and meet the world's smallest and rarest oceanic dolphins, the Hector's dolphin, as well as New Zealand fur seals, White-flippered penguins and an array of seabirds, all while taking in the spectacular scenery. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. From our check-in team to our skippers and onboard guides, you’ll be greeted with smiles every step of the way. An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life-vests and a keen ear, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience.
Akaroa Dolphins - A little bit about us

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Walking Tracks

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has many great walking tracks that you can enjoy for free. These vary from short hikes to all day tramps over the picturesque hills. Most of the walks have spectacular views of the Akaroa harbour once you get up into the hills above the township. Click HERE to visit the website with maps and information about walking and tramping in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula. Then click a walk number or scroll down to find out more detail. The brochures are available to purchase at the Akaroa Adventure Centre 03 304 7784.

Private Track: 
Banks Track is a famous coastal private walking track. Sharing our backyard since 1989.
Choose between a 3 day classic walk and a 2 day hike. 

Public Walking Access:
Special thanks go to the landowners who allow the public on their land to enjoy these walks.
Please respect their private property and thank them if you meet them. 

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Black Cat Harbour Nature Cruises

Join award-winning Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about the rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. View stunning scenery, including the volcanic Cathedral Cave, relics of the area's past and a salmon farm. Complimentary tea & coffee on board and a postcard. Cruises depart daily from the main wharf. If you don’t see any dolphins, come again for FREE!

Swimming with dolphins all year round! Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful and endemic Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels with our knowledgeable and awesome crew! All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your ultimate swimming with dolphins experience. A separate price is available for dolphin spectating only. Everything is provided: wetsuits, hot showers and hot chocolate. Finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure Experience Awards 2019.

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