Whether you want to throw a Frisbee or build a sand castle on the beach, learn to cook up a storm, swim with dolphins, paint the sky, walk the many and varied tracks, examine the volcanic rocks, attend a concert, see a movie, read a book, check your emails, hike Hinewai Reserve, gaze at the stars, go fishing, play a round of golf or relax with a hot stone massage, the permanent activities and seasonal festivals and programmes have something for all ages and stages, interests and fitness levels. Some of these you’ll need to book in advance to make sure you don’t miss out.
Wildlife kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, paddle boats, biking, surfing with the seals, electric skateboards and wet suits. We are situated next to the Akaroa 4 Square Supermarket on the corner. You can book for your activities and accommodation in Akaroa. We can also take you to the top of the summit road for a 13km down hill cycle ride. Click HERE to view the ride of your life on You Tube.
Location74a Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7784
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...
Location59 Long Bay Road, Akaroa
Phone03 304 8990
Come see spectacular coastline and magnificent wildlife aboard our classic Kauri launch. 2.5 hour trips, personally guided by skipper/owner Tony Muir. 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 $75 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $25. Infants under 1 year are free.
Phone0800 1 Coast or 021 228 8091
We share recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for up to twelve per class. We show how to prepare the dishes on that day’s menu in a relaxed & fun environment. A long lunch at the dining table will then be served savouring every dish from the class with matching NZ wines. All participants need to bring are their culinary interest and an appetite. We can also assist with your catering needs at your venue, private hire and the perfect place for corporate events, team building days, end of year function or mid winter get together. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Location81 Beach Road, Akaroa
Phone021 166 3737
Let our crew including our dolphin dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife on our stylish vessel 'Into the Blue'. A more intimate and luxurious experience, offering complimentary drinks, including award winning wine, beer and home baking. We are 100% locally owned and operated, winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in Akaroa. We have a great proven track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience.
Phone03 304 7866
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 $80pp ($40 per child). Departing Dalys Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm. The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour.
Phone0800 369 7245 or text 027 4144 879
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.
Phone03 304 5704
Join supreme tourism award winners – Black Cat Cruises, aboard our large comfortable catamaran. Discover and learn about rare Hector's dolphins, seals, penguins and more. See 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!
LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa & 61 Beach Road, Akaroa
Phone0800 436 574
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.
Location61 Beach Road, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7092
Akaroa Museum reflects the varied and colourful history of Banks Peninsula. Three heritage buildings-the Langlois-Eteveneaux cottage (early 1840’s), the Customs House (early 1850’s) and the Court House (1878) are part of the Akaroa Museum complex. ‘The Long Harbour-a 20 minute DVD tells of the volcanic origins of Akaroa and it’s settlement. The permanent collection includes a complete edition of the Akaroa Mail from 1876, nineteenth and twentieth century costume, photographic and family history archives. Right in the centre of Akaroa. The Museum also has a great gift shop with excellent cards, books and Maori carvings. Open daily 10.30 am until 4.30 pm.
LocationRue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 1013
Learn how to Stand Up Paddlboard (SUP) correctly on beautiful Akaroa harbour. Lessons are run by Akaroa's only ISA and Surf NZ certified Paddle Board Instructor. Learn proper technique and SUP safety so you can enjoy paddling and work on your technique anywhere in the world. Lessons can be run for up to 9 people and at any time of the day.
Akaroa's worldly famous mini golf club, set amongst New Zealand native palms and gardens. Stream side setting. 18 holes to challenge all age groups and skill levels. Open from 10am until 4pm every weekend and school holidays and on request. Groups welcome, please contact us in advance. Prices: $3.50 for teeny weenies, $7 school kids and $9.50 for adults. We look forward to seeing you soon.
LocationRue Jolie, Akaroa
Phone021 2763763 & 03 304 7784
“Alpaca heaven on earth” - tripadvisor. Alpacas are beautiful and mysterious animals with a long and fascinating history. Frank and Anya, who own over 130 alpacas, will share this story and their experience with you. After an interactive presentation you will have the opportunity to handle alpacas and appreciate the unique qualities of their amazing ultra fine fleece. Walk an alpaca among our herd while these majestic animals graze with their young, then feed them by hand. The memorable views over Akaroa harbour are breathtaking. Afterwards, browse the excellent Alpaca Shop.
Location328 Wainui Main Road, French Farm
Phone03 304 5141
The Banks Peninsula Track pioneered hut to hut walking over private land in NZ's and is still regarded as the finest private walking track in the country. Beginning in the historic seaside village of Akaroa, the 35km Track includes spectacular volcanic coastline, waterfalls, native bush, open pasture, and four delightful rocky or sandy beaches. Renowned for its charming accommodation, the 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 four days. Online booking available.
Phone03 304 7612
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.
Location5807 Christchurch-Akaroa Road, Barrys Bay
Phone03 304 5809
A 2 hour tour experiencing all of the high points Akaroa Harbour has to offer. Things you are likely to see, 1000 foot cliffs, Sea Arches, Amazing Volcanic Formations, Caves, Marine Farms, White Flippered Blue Penguins, Albatross and other seabirds, Akaroa Marine Reserve, Nikau Palm Gully and occasional Blowholes. Hear about the Volcanic and Maori history. Steve the owner & captain is a 5th generation local who knows the secrets of Akaroa Harbour. The boat is a fun, fast, adventurous 12.5 meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat and Coastguard Marine Rescue vessel with 600HP four stroke outboards).
Phone0800 ECOSWIM (326 794)
Come and join us on one of our small friendly personal tours and experience the magic of your dolphin swim with an intimate group of only 12 guests per tour. And swim with the world's rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin - The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin. We are a small local family business, your captain is 5th generation. We offer longer trips to maximise your experience and your value for money. 90.5% success rate. We provide warm wetsuits, mask & snorkel, hot chocolate & biscuits. Akaroa’s #1 Dolphin Swim on Tripadvisor. YOU FIND US WE FIND THEM. Department of Conservation Approved.
Phone0800 ECOSWIM (326 794)
In a bay on the Western Shores of Akaroa Harbour, lies the scenic village of French Farm, where the original French Settlers first planted their vines. It is here that you will find our beautiful boutique vineyard, owned by Fraser Henderson and Elise Cailleau, leased by Renan Cataliotti. The unique terroir of the Banks Peninsula is reflected in the distinctive flavour of our wines, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and a Provencal style Rosé.
Location 79 French Farm Valley Road, RD2, Akaroa
Explore Akaroa Harbour on a modern 33ft yacht. The MRX is enjoyable to sail with a large open cockpit. A range of sailing options are available including a 2.5 hour harbour sail, custom sailing trips and learn-to-sail courses. No previous sailing experience necessary. Flexible departure times. Please enquire for bookings and further information. From $75 pp.
LocationBeach Road (near Akaroa main wharf)
Phone027 419 0592
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 vineyard tasting room is the Meniscus Wine Lounge located at 42 Rue Lavaud where you can enjoy a glass in the French Cottage Garden or Monet inspired Lounge. Tasty gourmet snacks, gifts and soft drinks are also available.
LocationVineyard 35 Lighthouse Rd, Akaroa. Tasting Room 42 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 8754 or 021 304566
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.
Phone03 304 8611
The Orion Powerhouse Gallery began its life in historic Akaroa as the building which housed the hydroelectric power equipment from 1911. It was extended several years later to house a gas engine and workshop and remained in use until the mid-1950s. The equipment was sold to the Maruia Springs Hotel. At the end of the century the Maruia Springs plant became redundant so the equipment was returned to Akaroa by volunteers with support from the Akaroa Civic Trust.
Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa
Phone0064 3 304 8776
Francis and Shireen Helps have protected the White-flippered Penguins at Pohatu-Flea Bay for more than two decades. Tours enable you to see the penguins unobtrusively. Sea Kayaking allows you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Pohatu Marine Reserve. Scenic Nature Tours will enable you to experience a wide range of endemic wildlife amongst dreamlike landscapes. See web site for departure times for Penguin Tours, Sea Kayaking Safaris, Nature Safaris and Overnight Packages.
Phone03 304 8542 or 021 2469556
Operating between September through to the end of May. Akaroa Harbour is the only place on the entire planet where you can get up close and personal with NZ's playful Hector's dolphins. Depart on one of our safe and comfortable vessels. All year round an unforgettable adventure awaits you, where everything is provided for your pleasure. A separate price is available for dolphin watching only. Year round, face-to-face encounters with Hector's dolphins - the world's rarest. Everything is provided: wetsuits, snorkels, hot showers and hot chocolate. Winner Supreme NZ Tourism Award 2003/4.
LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa & 61 Beach Road, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7641
The GIANTS HOUSE. Sculpture, mosaic garden and Gallery. "The happiest garden on earth". Garden of National 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.
Location68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7501
On cuise ship days there are a number of special transport services and tours available to service passengers. See the specific information when you click onto 'more details' and then the web site link to find out about the services available. There are some wonderful tours available both locally & over the hill to Christchurch.
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.
LocationAkaroa and Banks Peninsula