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Why is Akaroa Harbour so Special? & A Guide to Marine Birds of Akaroa Harbour

You can explore and learn the fascinating history of this unique environment. Read all about it here.

The Harbour

Akaroa, which in Maori means 'Long harbour', was the regions first substantial European settlement and safe haven for early whalers and sealers working in the wild southern ocean beyond it's striking headlands. The beautiful harbour dominates the landscape and its sparkling waters are home to a variety of sea life including the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin as well as New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins and a myriad of bird life.

You can explore and learn the fascinating history of this unique environment with one of our local operators. There are activities for everyone including wildlife cruises, eco friendly sailing cruises, swimming with the dolphins, boat hire, paddle boats, fishing and sea kayaking. There are also Penguin colony tours, horse trekking and mountain bike riding. For those in search of relaxation there is nothing more satisfying than lazing on the sand as the family enjoy paddling at Akaroa's safe beach. There is lots of exploring to do in the outer Bays with pristine beaches and surfing. There are many bays to choose from and they are often quiet. Le Bons Bay and Okains Bay have great beaches and sometimes surf.

The harbour's edge is home to plenty of activities for those who prefer to stay on dry land. Enjoy historic walks with an Audio Guide and learn about our fascinating history. Take a New zealand farm visit with sheep shearing and working dogs. Go horse riding or visit the penguin colony.

‘Why is Akaroa Harbour so special?’ brochure. This new brochure launched at Seaweek 2015 outlines just why Akaroa harbour is so special. An updated copy was made in Feb 2016. 

Copies of this can be found on the boats in Akaroa, at the Akaroa Adventure Centre and at the Doc centre at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. 

Akaroa New Marine Bird Brochure
The brochure-‘A Guide to Marine Birds of Akaroa Harbour’ was launched in March 2017 for Seaweek. This brochure has 19 images of different marine birds in the category-Often seen, Sometimes Seen & Rarely Seen. It is a great tool for use on the harbour boat trips and for any bird enthusiast.
Thanks to Kaitlyn Leeds, Tony Muir-Coast up Close, Niall Mugan-Keystone Ecology and Pohatu Penguins for images and help with the brochure. And to Rebecca Cooper for tying it all together.

Copies of the brochures can be picked up from the Akaroa i-SITE Adventure Centre.

In March 2015 Professor Chris Battershill (Chair Coastal Science, University of Waikato) spoke to us in Akaroa for Seaweek about Akaroa Harbour and the establishment of marine reserves in general.  

Chris's topic was “Marine Reserves biodiversity – more than you bargain for - baselines, resilience and the blue economy”.  

Kathleen Reid has very kindly transcribed the talk from the video into the document titled  'Transcript Chris Battershill Seaweek March 2015' which is below. 

You can explore and learn the fascinating history of this unique environment. Read all about it here.

The Harbour

Akaroa, which in Maori means 'Long harbour', was the regions first substantial European settlement and safe haven for early whalers and sealers working in the wild southern ocean beyond it's striking headlands. The beautiful harbour dominates the landscape and its sparkling waters are home to a variety of sea life including the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin as well as New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins and a myriad of bird life.

You can explore and learn the fascinating history of this unique environment with one of our local operators. There are activities for everyone including wildlife cruises, eco friendly sailing cruises, swimming with the dolphins, boat hire, paddle boats, fishing and sea kayaking. There are also Penguin colony tours, horse trekking and mountain bike riding. For those in search of relaxation there is nothing more satisfying than lazing on the sand as the family enjoy paddling at Akaroa's safe beach. There is lots of exploring to do in the outer Bays with pristine beaches and surfing. There are many bays to choose from and they are often quiet. Le Bons Bay and Okains Bay have great beaches and sometimes surf.

The harbour's edge is home to plenty of activities for those who prefer to stay on dry land. Enjoy historic walks with an Audio Guide and learn about our fascinating history. Take a New zealand farm visit with sheep shearing and working dogs. Go horse riding or visit the penguin colony.

‘Why is Akaroa Harbour so special?’ brochure. This new brochure launched at Seaweek 2015 outlines just why Akaroa harbour is so special. An updated copy was made in Feb 2016. 

Copies of this can be found on the boats in Akaroa, at the Akaroa Adventure Centre and at the Doc centre at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. 

Akaroa New Marine Bird Brochure
The brochure-‘A Guide to Marine Birds of Akaroa Harbour’ was launched in March 2017 for Seaweek. This brochure has 19 images of different marine birds in the category-Often seen, Sometimes Seen & Rarely Seen. It is a great tool for use on the harbour boat trips and for any bird enthusiast.
Thanks to Kaitlyn Leeds, Tony Muir-Coast up Close, Niall Mugan-Keystone Ecology and Pohatu Penguins for images and help with the brochure. And to Rebecca Cooper for tying it all together.

Copies of the brochures can be picked up from the Akaroa i-SITE Adventure Centre.

In March 2015 Professor Chris Battershill (Chair Coastal Science, University of Waikato) spoke to us in Akaroa for Seaweek about Akaroa Harbour and the establishment of marine reserves in general.  

Chris's topic was “Marine Reserves biodiversity – more than you bargain for - baselines, resilience and the blue economy”.  

Kathleen Reid has very kindly transcribed the talk from the video into the document titled  'Transcript Chris Battershill Seaweek March 2015' which is below.