Akaroa, with its own beautiful bays and harbour and French and English history has an enormous range of activities to keep you busy for days. Many activities are based around the stunning volcanic harbour. Don't miss seeing the Hector's dolphins and other special wildlife on a harbour cruise. Other land bases activities are rich in nature, recreation and culture. There is so much to see and do in Akaroa that you will need more than a day trip.
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. The brochures are available to purchase at the Akaroa Adventure Centre 03 304 7784.
LocationAkaroa and Banks Peninsula
Experts in Wildlife kayaking and Stand up Paddle boarding (SUP). We also rent out Pedal Boats and Bicycles. We are situated within the Akaroa i-SITE next to the Akaroa 4Square supermarket on the corner. You can book also accommodation and any other activities with us.
Location74a Rue Lavaud, Akaroa (next to 4 Square Supermarket)
Phone03 304 7784
The Akaroa Art Gallery comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers. The gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the work of artists from Banks Peninsula and beyond, many of whom enjoy national and international recognition. It also provides a wonderful venue for intimate musical events and varied workshops throughout the year.
Location1 Rue Pompallier, Akaroa
Phone0064 3 304 8776
You Ride We Guide. Jump on one of our late model dual sport adventure bikes and let us show you around the stunning and isolated Southern Bays. Maximum of four riders and your guide on a fifth motorcycle. Pillions welcome. Tours are generally 10:30- 4:30 from Birdlings Flat but location & time can be modified to suit time available, email us. All necessary gear provided (incl bike, riding gear, fuel & refreshments), check the tour and book on web site. Off street parking available, campervans welcome to stay. Tours are fully customisable for rider ability.
LocationBased in Birdlings Flat but will come to you!
Phone03 329 0151
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 $80 per adult. Children 1-14 years old $30. Infants under 1 year are free.
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.
Location65 Beach Rd, Akaroa
Phone03 304 7866
Experience the magnificent natural beauty and isolation of the Eastern bays, valleys and coastline. Travel 120km, weaving in and out of 10 bays from sea level to the crater rim delivering mail to farms and settlements. 5 days a week (Mon- Fri) 5 hour tours. 9am departure. Tours operate all year round and are $80 per person. Book through the Akaroa i-SITE on email@example.com or the BOOK DIRECT button.
If you ever wanted to experience traditional New Zealand farming visit Paua Bay Hillcountry Farm on Banks Peninsula. Enjoy the stunning scenery on your trip to Paua Bay. Learn about the French settlers and the development of Akaroa . Enjoy the hospitality of the 5th generation farmers at Paua Bay. See sheepdogs working on the steep hills. Take part in sheep shearing and mustering and learn about farming in New Zealand. Relax with tea and scones on the homestead verandah and return to Akaroa after an experience which will be one of the highlights of your visit to New Zealand.
Phone03 304 8511
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.
Direct Scenic Shuttles: Pick up point is outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. Departs Christchurch daily at: 9.00am. Departs Akaroa daily at 4.00pm. Cost: $50.00 per person return $30 one way. French Connection is a quality assured passenger transport service who pride themselves on friendliness and punctuality whilst achieving a high standard of safety & comfort. They are also available for weddings and local transfers in the Akaroa and Christchurch regions.
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 and special pakages for cruise ship passengers.
Phone03 304 5704
A tapestry of tales will unfold as you explore romantic Akaroa, the oldest and best preserved colonial town in the South Island, and its only French settlement. For groups we recommend a Historic walk with a guide in person - pre-booking is essential. Contact Suky to discuss a quote for group bookings.
Phone03 304 7733
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
Following a programme of earthquake strengthening and repair, Akaroa Museum has created three new long term exhibitions about the history of Bank Peninsula: Ngā Taenga mai Arrivals, Land & Sea, and Tales of Banks Peninsula. These have been produced in collaboration with Ōnuku rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
Location71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Phone03 304 1013
Hire a high quality, super stable Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) and head out to cruise our beautiful harbour. All safety gear supplied as well as SUP paddling tips if required. Boards are available by the hour as singles or hire a family Size SUP that takes up to 4 people! Or book for a NightSUP tour and view Akaroa's sealife under super bright lights and have an experience that everyone raves about!
Akaroa Wildlife Sailing Cruise. Relive the golden era of sailing experience the timeless beauty of a large graceful CLASSIC…a style of yacht rarely seen nowadays! Hand-built, original condition & lovingly maintained with 9 coats of varnish. No engine noise, no diesel smell, no pollution to harm the unique endangered wildlife. Most often you’ll be surprised to HEAR dolphins & wildlife BEFORE you see them. Intimate humorous historical storytelling; no loudspeaker. Help sail or relax in the ‘Royal seats’. Boarding 10.15 am sailing 10.30am to 1 pm. Boarding 1.15 pm sailing 1.30pm to 4pm. Max 20 pax never crowded. $85 pp. Children aged 5-12 are $42.50. No children under 5 years old thanks.
LocationMain Wharf, Akaroa
Phone0800 724 528
Enjoy this nature experience to visit the New Zealand Fur Seals on a small group tour. Your local guide has more than 20 years experience. Beginning in Akaroa your guide will pick you up and take you on a unique journey up over the rim of an extinct volcano, past spectacular farmland and ocean views, and down eastern slopes to the Pacific Ocean. There, at the foot of one-hundred-metre cliffs, you will encounter an adorable colony of New Zealand Fur Seals, swimming and sun bathing amongst 8-million-year-old volcanic deposits. Safaris run from the beginning of October to the end of April at 9:30am and 1:00pm and takes between 2.5 to 3 hours.
Akaroa Tours & Charters invite you to take one of their tours of Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. You will be escorted by local and experienced Hosts John and Noeline. The tours take in the sights of beautiful Akaroa, which was voted by Cruisecritic 2017 best cruise destination for Australia & New Zealand. Choose a 2 – 3 hour tour scheduled either morning or afternoon or customise your personalised VIP tour. The tours visit the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum and the Historical Maori settlement on the Onawe Peninsula as well as the bays of the Akaroa Harbour. Stops for light refreshments and photo opportunities.
LocationAkaroa & the Bays
Phone+64 210 854 8185
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
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
Take a tour with a difference; get up close and personal at Shamarra Alpaca Farm overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Alpaca Farmers, Frank and Anya will treat you to an interesting and interactive introduction to these majestic animals. Wander amongst grazing herds ofalpacas, and discover the unique qualities of their fleece - “fibre of the gods” as proclaimed by the Incas. Enjoy home baked biscuits and a beverage while browsing the Alpaca Shop.
Location328 Wainui Main Road, French Farm
Phone03 304 5141
The Banks Track pioneered hut to hut walking over private land in NZ and is still regarded as the finest private walking track in the country. Beginning in the village of Akaroa, the Banks Track includes spectacular volcanic coastline, waterfalls, native bush, open pasture, and delightful beaches. Renowned for its charming accommodation, the Banks 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 three days. Online booking is 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
Bicyclette E Biking Akaroa is a guided tour cycle business. We will guide you on wonderful cycle tours over the Peninsula. eBiking Akaroa provides electric bike tours with a range of options to suit over 18 year old clients. Offering 1hr - 4hr tours or multi day tours to enjoy the most picturesque biking journey to the top of the Banks Peninsula crater rim.
Location177 Jubilee Road, Wainui, NZ
Call Jeeves Tours specialise in bespoke (tailor-made) tours using a range of small luxury high class vehicles complete with driver/tour guide services. Our tours do not run to a restricted itinerary. Our friendly and flexible range of tour options are available at a number of New Zealand ports and are ideal for small or larger groups. Our vehicle and driver may be exclusively yours for the entire duration of your tour. Call Jeeves Tours are very experienced and established operators in providing private small group tours from the sea-side holiday resort village of Akaroa, and from the ports of both Lyttelton and Timaru over the summer cruise ship season.
Phone0800 000 898
Canterbury Leisure Tours has over 20 years experience in offering high quality tours and activities to International Visitors. Our tours offer the top activities and attractions the region has to offer. All departure and return times from the cruise ship will ensure your brief visit to this most beautiful region of New Zealand is thoroughly enjoyable. For a detailed list of our cruise tours go to our web site.
Phone0800 484 485
Specialising in small group guided tours for over 19 years Canterbury Trails offers a day trip to Akaroa from Christchurch. We also offer cruise ship tours from Akaroa wharf which visit a number of Canterbury wineries, Christchurch city sights and scenic drive over Banks Peninsula. Full details of all our tours can be found on our web site. We can also put together a private tour for you ensuring that you get the most from your visit to Banks Peninsula.
Akaroa is Christchurch's most loved day tour destination. Join us for an exceptional scenic tour of Banks Peninsula, including Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours, and the historical seaside village of Akaroa. Leaving central Christchurch, we travel the scenic route to Akaroa, over the Port Hills, via Sign of the Kiwi, Governors Bay, through Gebbies Pass, alongside Lake Forsyth, through Little River, and along the Akaroa summit road. The scenic route from Christchurch to Akaroa takes just over 2 hours. Scheduled sightseeing photo stops are made, so don't forget your camera! You can then choose how to spend your day in Akaroa.
Phone+ 64 275578262
Do you have a sense for adventure? Join us on our Adventure Cruise - you will not be disappointed. The scenery and wildlife here are second to none. Steve the captain & owner is a 5th generation local who knows all the secrets and special places of Akaroa Harbour. ecoSEAker takes one 2hr Adventure Cruise per day @ 2:30PM - exclusively limited to 12 places per trip. Our boat is a 12.5 meter Rayglass Protector (an ex America’s Cup Chase boat & Coastguard Marine Rescue Vessel) It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea going boat. 100% locally owned & operated. Highly rated on tripadvisor.
Come and join us on one of our small friendly personal tours and experience the magic of your dolphin swim. One tour per day @ 10:30AM exclusively limited to 12 places per trip. Swim with the world's rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin - The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin. We are a small local family business; The captain/owner 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.
Join Dermot (or local guide Nick) on a small, personal, friendly tour...max 11...$110NZD p.p. with others...or a flexible PRIVATE HIRE for your group. E S Tours is highly rated on Trip Advisor (Bravo Award 2016....26/26 5* reviews)....owner/operator with over 20 years experience. Christchurch/Akaroa/Banks Peninsula Tour (6 hours) is our cruise ship specialty with scenery (volcanic rim, Canterbury Plains, Lyttelton Harbour Summit Road in good weather). Detailed commentary on volcanoes, local/NZ history and earthquakes (Christchurch rebuild tour included). Our Ford Transit Minibus has air con. and a clear PA.
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
A Garden City Helicopters flight from Akaroa to Christchurch takes just 15 minutes! Quick and convenient. Our pilots are some of the most highly skilled and experienced in the country but are also excellent narrators and will entertain and inform you with commentary along the way. Your Helicopter journey in Akaroa start from us greeting you at the wharf from your cruise ship. We have flight options that include Aorkai Mount Cook, Helijet boating, Winery tours or enquire with us to make a personal itinerary.
Experience Akaroa Harbour on a fast 33ft MRX yacht. A range of sailing options are available including a daily 3-hour harbour cruise and Yachting New Zealand adult learn-to-sail courses. The yacht is enjoyable to sail with a large open cockpit. No previous sailing experience necessary. Flexible departure times. Please enquire for bookings and further information. From $90 per person.
LocationBeach Road (near Akaroa main wharf)
Phone027 419 0592
A Peninsula landmark. Enjoy delicious food and coffee in a peaceful sculpture garden. Fantastic giftshop with quality, unique and original New Zealand art. We have regular exhibitions in our Gallery exhibiting contemporary NZ sculpture, painting and jewellery. Check out our web site for our present and up and coming exhibitions. Live viewing of our art on our web site.
LocationMain Road, Little River
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 cellar door is located at 43 Lighthouse Road where you can taste the wine over looking the vineyard. Tasty gourmet snacks, gifts and soft drinks are also available.
Location43 Lighthouse Rd, Akaroa
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.
LocationMain Road, Okains Bay
Phone03 304 8611
Treat yourself to a luxury self-drive tour while in Akaroa, tailored exclusively for cruise ship passengers. Hire one of our classic cars, drive yourself around Canterbury and experience the sights, shops, food and culture all at your own pace. Our full day (up to 7 hours) tours offer a great variety of GPS coordinated destinations, hand-picked for varying interests and travel types; shopaholic, arts & culture enthusiast, foodie, nature lover and sightseeing fanatic. Much more personal than a coach tour and you can visit what you wish, when you like, for as long as you like.
Photo Tours. Just for you! Individually realising the best possible tour meeting your interests with as many stops as you want for photo opportunities. Enjoy professional tips and advice for better images! Receive a fun one-on-one tuition while you are indulging in the magnificent scenery and views. Discover - See - Experience. Upskill included. We take you through the breathtaking landscape of the Banks Peninsula and also for a look around in Christchurch, if you wish. Delight in an exclusive tour experience in a Land Rover Discovery Sport.
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.
This trip can be mind blowing in the right sea conditions. The outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve is spectacular with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch make an added exciting attraction in settled sea conditions. Pohatu Marine Reserve also has many marine species such as Penguins, several seal colonies and is often visited by Hectors Dolphins and a great range of sea birds.
Join our early-morning cruises in Southern Wanderer, a 7.6-metre Stabicraft, departing from Akaroa's main wharf at 7am (bookings essential) to make the most of photo opportunities with early-morning light, often in the calmest conditions of the day and an uncrowded harbour. You will be back at the wharf by 10am with incredible shots of seacliffs and seabirds for your Instagram feed and indelible memories of this beautiful place that we call home. We also run private charters for groups of family, friends or colleagues, with flexible departure times and locations, trip durations and itineraries. Enquire for competitive rates.
LocationAkaroa Main Wharf
Phone027 484 8830
Swimming with dolphins all year round. 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
Let our Tour South team of vastly experienced driver/guides take you on a fully escorted tour of Akaroa, Christchurch or the wider Banks Peninsula area, to discover some of the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this very special part of New Zealand. We offer our Quick-fire Akaroa & Bays Scenic Tour of 3 hours or choose our very popular Premier Share Tour for the best of the scenery of Akaroa, key City sights in Christchurch and some of the amazingly diverse and spectacularly beautiful Banks Peninsula area. Alternatively an Elite Private Hire, where you have the exclusive use of an appropriately sized vehicle complete with an experienced driver/guide for the day.
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.
Experience the thrill and exhilaration of a ride on our V8-powered trike. Our trike is classed as a "car" in NZ, so you'll have the added peace of mind of a seatbelt, but you won't need a helmet – giving you uninterrupted views of Akaroa's breathtaking panoramic vistas. Whether it's a short blast or a longer drive along Akaroa's famous Summit Road, from just $49pp we've got you covered. And there's always time for photos. Let V8 Trikes make your visit to Akaroa truly memorable!
LocationTaxi stand opposite the main wharf, Akaroa
Phone+64 21 985 306
Unleash the charm and beauty of Akaroa by enjoying a memorable ride in an open vintage car for up to four passengers. The Village is acclaimed to have one of the best seascapes in the World. On tour is a stunning wide-angle view of the harbour at height, a must for best photos. Comment from Rod & Maria, Bundaberg, Queensland, “Without a doubt your tour in the open Ford Tourer around Akaroa was the highlight of our recent trip to New Zealand”. Half-hour Tour at $70 NZ. (GST incl) for 2 people, additional passengers $15 each. (Australian and U.S. currency accepted.) Longer tours by arrangement. Jack now has a closed car as well, suitable in all weather.
LocationTaxi stand opposite main wharf, Akaroa