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Akaroa, New Zealand

Akaroa, New Zealand

A one-hour drive from Christchurch, New Zealand is the quaint little fishing town, Akaroa. The historic French and British settlement situated on the southern side of Bank Peninsula is a must see for anyone looking for a few days of rest and relaxation. Spend your days exploring the galleries, craft stores and cafes in the village or venture in the great outdoors and explore the dramatic outer bays.

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Akaroa, New Zealand

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The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss

Beginning in the historic seaside village of Akaroa is the Banks Peninsula Track. Open through the spring and summer every year from 1 October to 30 April, the private track provides a unique eco-tourism experience, one filled with diverse wildlife, scenery and hospitality. The Banks Peninsula Track crosses farmland and the Hinewai reserve, covering 35 km (21 mi) of spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • On foot or via sea kayak, join a guided tour to view the Pohatu Penguins, the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.
  • Learn more about the Akaroa Harbour and the diversity of marine wildlife, birdlife and its volcanic origins during a harbour tour. You also have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins in the Akaroa Harbour.

Local Currency

Currency used in Akaroa is the New Zealand dollar (NZD). Credit cards are widely accepted and cash machines are everywhere. Bureaux de change are widely available so don't expect any real trouble converting currency or traveller's cheques, but do shop around for the best rates.

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    Before You Visit

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