Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Explore the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of this area. A wide range of accommodation is available and you will need more than a day to explore this little piece of paradise.
Akaroa is one of New Zealand’s first European settlements and has a rich Maori and French history. To understand the fascinating history don’t miss the Akaroa Museum and the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum in Okains Bay. Quaint old colonial cottages and fine examples of early architecture abound.
A Personal Note: Harriet and I had a wonderful time in May 2010 over eight days ….. there was so much to see. By inserting photos and writing in posts, this process acts as though we are are reliving the holiday again.
Akaroa, with its own beautiful bays and harbour, French and English history has an enormous range of activities to keep you busy for days. In Flea bay you will find the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and all around you will find fantastic sea kayaking in spectacular surroundings.
View of Akaroa harbour. The long, thin peninsula extending out into the harbour is Ōnawe Peninsula, and the middle of the volcano.
Akaroa & the Bays have lots of exciting accommodation options – B&Bs, backpackers, cabins, camp sites, cottages, hostels, hotels, houses, lodges, motels, retreats; hosted, catered, self contained; Akaroa village, rural inner harbour and outer bays accommodation ranges from basic to luxurious. A great range to suit all budgets.
Akaroa is Maori for ‘long harbour’. The historic village is snuggled into a wide bay in between spectacular volcanic cliffs. The permanent population in Akaroa is around 632 people and swells significantly over summer with domestic and international visitors. Akaroa is the main town for the inner harbour and the outer bays and you will find everything you need there. An interesting and creative community where people respect their environment, ‘life in the crater’.
Langlois-Etevenaux Cottage, Akaroa (c.1843) One of the oldest surviving houses in Canterbury, the Langlois-Eteveneaux Cottage (71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa) was built in the early 1840s by Aimable Langlois. In 1858 the cottage passed to Jean-Pierre Eteveneaux, another French settler. Once thought to have been prefabricated in France, the cottage was built of NZ native timbers. But it owes its more sophisticated French styling to a remodelling around 1900 by Jean-Baptiste Eteveneaux, Jean-Pierre’s son. Jean-Baptiste gave the cottage a French look – with louvred shutters, rudimentary pilasters and elegant transom windows. In 1963-64, the cottage was shorn of later additions, returned to its original two-room size and furnished with French furniture. Its age, and its being refurbished “in the French style” in the early 20th century, make the cottage Akaroa’s most important reminder of its French origins. NZHPT Category I; registration 264.
St Peter’s have entered into a partnership for worship and mission with Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rue Lavaud. St Peter’s hosts services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 9.30 am. Trinity Presbyterian host the services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, also at 9.30 am. A special community-oriented service is held later in the day when there is a 5th Sunday. A timber copy of an English parish church.
The end of an AWESOME Time in Ackaroa !!