Only a short 75km drive from Christchurch separates you from your next adventure. Upon reaching the hilltop, take a moment to experience the stunning panoramic view of Akaroa harbour and surrounding peninsula. From here, the options are yours to arrive at your final destination.
Head directly to Akaroa via SH75 or take the scenic ‘Tourist Drive’ along the crater of the extinct volcano for unparalleled views down into the harbour.
Akaroa simply oozes charm! Nods to its history as a French settlement are everywhere, with pretty French-named streets, lined with historic
cottages cloaked in roses. Akaroa is worth the drive to discover history, art, food and natural beauty, all within an easy stroll. Grab a croissant before heading to the Blue Pearl Gallery to see the pearls transformed into incredible jewellery and more. The Giant’s House, a stunning mosaic and sculpture garden with views is a must-do, as is a wildlife cruise and browse through the local museum.
To get up close with nature you cant not experience Black Cat Cruises swimming with dolphins experience. Their fantastic team are highly experienced and this eco-tour has been listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten marine mammal activities in the world, as well as being voted the number 1 bucket list activity in New Zealand by travellers. You’ll find an uplifting community spirit in Akaroa, with a fascinating mix of artists, creative spirits, gardeners, historians and artisan producers living alongside families – all passionate about this delightful region they call home.