The quaint harborside town of Akaroa sits tucked into the heart of an ancient volcano. With its Gallic vibe, this charming town continues to hold on to its roots as the country’s first French settlement. A popular stop on the cruise circuit, the town is replete with fine examples of colonial architecture, delightful galleries, and inviting cafes and restaurants. The many bays and sheltered harbor make Akaroa a promising destination for outdoor fun. From dolphin spotting boat tours to sea kayaking opportunities to visiting alpaca farms, there is never a dull moment here. Foodies can look forward savoring fresh seafood enhanced with ingredients such as olives, walnuts, and lemons that thrive in the rich volcanic soil and Mediterranean climate. Accompanied by fine local wines, these make for a flavorful gastronomical experience. Choose to stay in a traditional barn, a historic mansion, or at a winery to lend that unique touch to your holiday.
French Colonial Architecture
Recommended New Zealand Tours
Places: Auckland (1 day) → Paihia (Bay of Islands) (2) → Te Arai (1) → Coromandel Peninsula (2) → Taupo (2) → Tongariro National Park (2) → Wellington (2) → Blenheim (1) → Abel Tasman National Park (2) → Punakaiki (1) → Franz Josef Glacier (2) → Queenstown (2) → Te Anau (2) → Dunedin (2) → Tekapo (1) → Akaroa (2) → Christchurch (1)
Tour Highlights: Volcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & Wine, Bay of Islands, Farmers...
Akaroa FyrneBrooke House nestles amid beautiful flower gardens at the heart of the town. Just a short stroll away from the sandy beach, wharf, and the many walking trails, this cozy bed and breakfast offers easy access to numerous restaurants and shops.
French Bay House is conveniently located on Rue Jolie at the heart of the town. Situated parallel to Beach Road, this historic 19th century villa in the Carpenter Gothic style of architecture is a photographer’s delight.