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Akaroa Guidebook

Sue, Karen And Team
Sue, Karen And Team
Meðlimur síðan 2014
Sue, Karen And Team

Akaroa Guidebook

Cultural Activites
A Peninsula landmark. Enjoy delicious food and coffee in a peaceful sculpture garden. Fantastic giftshop with quality, unique and original New Zealand art. They have regular exhibitions in our Gallery exhibiting contemporary NZ sculpture, painting and jewellery.
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Little River Gallery
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A Peninsula landmark. Enjoy delicious food and coffee in a peaceful sculpture garden. Fantastic giftshop with quality, unique and original New Zealand art. They have regular exhibitions in our Gallery exhibiting contemporary NZ sculpture, painting and jewellery.
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.
Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum
1146 Okains Bay Rd
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.
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.
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The Giants House
70 Rue Balguerie
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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.
Sightseeing
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.
Pohatu Penguins
580 Flea Bay Rd
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.
Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises is a family owned-and-operated business offering unique and customised tours for the independent traveller wanting to enjoy exploring the amazing scenery and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We cater for small groups of up to 8 guests, keeping the trips relaxed and allowing us to offer personal service with informative conversational commentary. Join our early-morning cruise, departing from Akaroa's main wharf at 8am (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.
Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises
Southern Wanderer Scenic Cruises is a family owned-and-operated business offering unique and customised tours for the independent traveller wanting to enjoy exploring the amazing scenery and wildlife of Banks Peninsula. We cater for small groups of up to 8 guests, keeping the trips relaxed and allowing us to offer personal service with informative conversational commentary. Join our early-morning cruise, departing from Akaroa's main wharf at 8am (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.
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.
Swimming with Dolphins
61 Beach Rd
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.
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.
Akaroa Adventure Centre
74a Rue Lavaud
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.
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.
Akaroa Dolphins
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.
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.
Coast up Close Akaroa
120 Rue Jolie
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.
Food scene
Stopped at this delightful café on a busy Easter weekend where people had flocked to Akaroa - it bustled with bonne homme, coffees bring made by the score and good food. Another delight was the area reserved for selling fab general store goods - found a jar of harissa and a packet of puffed millet! We had a coffee a-piece and a toasted mushroom, Swiss cheese and roast veges multi-grain sandwich. Had a nice chat with the owners which finished up this most delightful experience! We'll be back!
Peninsula General Store
40E Rue Lavaud
Stopped at this delightful café on a busy Easter weekend where people had flocked to Akaroa - it bustled with bonne homme, coffees bring made by the score and good food. Another delight was the area reserved for selling fab general store goods - found a jar of harissa and a packet of puffed millet! We had a coffee a-piece and a toasted mushroom, Swiss cheese and roast veges multi-grain sandwich. Had a nice chat with the owners which finished up this most delightful experience! We'll be back!
For all your breakfast needs open daily from 7.30am year-round with a large selection of freshly made pastries, cereals, sandwiches, savouries, coffee and tea. Salads, quiches, pies, wraps, paninis, bagels, sweet slices, cakes, lollies, soft drinks, juices and milkshakes just a sample of what is on offer daily for your food fix. Dine in or eat out. Frozen Fruit Flow Yoghurt and Kapiti Premium ice-cream available from our Ice-cream Bar
L'Escargot Rouge
67 Beach Rd
For all your breakfast needs open daily from 7.30am year-round with a large selection of freshly made pastries, cereals, sandwiches, savouries, coffee and tea. Salads, quiches, pies, wraps, paninis, bagels, sweet slices, cakes, lollies, soft drinks, juices and milkshakes just a sample of what is on offer daily for your food fix. Dine in or eat out. Frozen Fruit Flow Yoghurt and Kapiti Premium ice-cream available from our Ice-cream Bar
At Harbar Beachbar & Kitchen we provide friendly, casual service paired with a wonderfully approachable food & drinks menu with seasonal offerings and specials that change with the local and seasonal produce available. With the best view of Akaroa Harbour whilst having a meal, drink or a coffee we hope you have a great and memorable experience. Kia Ora!
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Harbar Beachbar & Kitchen
83 Rue Jolie
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At Harbar Beachbar & Kitchen we provide friendly, casual service paired with a wonderfully approachable food & drinks menu with seasonal offerings and specials that change with the local and seasonal produce available. With the best view of Akaroa Harbour whilst having a meal, drink or a coffee we hope you have a great and memorable experience. Kia Ora!
Away from the cruise ship hordes, but still very close to the centre of Akaroa. When we had lunch there, the pies were delicious, a little different, and very reasonably priced. Service was quick and friendly.
ELECTRIC KITCHEN espresso + eatery
37 Rue Lavaud
Away from the cruise ship hordes, but still very close to the centre of Akaroa. When we had lunch there, the pies were delicious, a little different, and very reasonably priced. Service was quick and friendly.
"The Brasserie is one of Akaroa's best restaurants. Your hosts, Carlos and Saowani invite you to step into their beautiful garden and escape the hustle and bustle outside. We have all day menu with electic and French European influence as well as Asian inspired menu. We have a wide range of boutique wines and Craft beers and All Press coffee available to compliment our Menu. The focus is on local, seasonal ingredients and there is an abundance of fresh vegetables as well as Asian and European herbs from our garden. There is also a BBQ menu to enjoy. Indoor and outdoor seating. We are open 8am till late 7 days a week, so come and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with us or just soak up the atmosphere…
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The Brasserie Kitchen & Bar
41 Rue Lavaud
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"The Brasserie is one of Akaroa's best restaurants. Your hosts, Carlos and Saowani invite you to step into their beautiful garden and escape the hustle and bustle outside. We have all day menu with electic and French European influence as well as Asian inspired menu. We have a wide range of boutique wines and Craft beers and All Press coffee available to compliment our Menu. The focus is on local, seasonal ingredients and there is an abundance of fresh vegetables as well as Asian and European herbs from our garden. There is also a BBQ menu to enjoy. Indoor and outdoor seating. We are open 8am till late 7 days a week, so come and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with us or just soak up the atmosphere…
Neighborhoods
Takamatua, with an initial European name of German Bay, is a small town situated in Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. The main road to Akaroa (State Highway 75) passes through this locality. It is 3 kilometres north of Akaroa township. At the time of French settlement in August 1840 in Akaroa, a small number of German families settled in this bay. Five German men, four of them single, chose to have land in Takamatua rather than Akaroa. The men were Breitmeyer, Hahn, Hettich, Waeckerle, Walther and Woll. The bay was named German Bay up until 1916 when the residents called on the Minister for Internal Affairs, George Warren Russell, to change the name to Takamatua, as a patriotic reaction to World War I. The German Bay Dairy Co-operative Factory was established in 1893. The Factory's cheese won first prize at the Dunedin Agricultural Show in 1901 and 1902.
Takamatua
Takamatua, with an initial European name of German Bay, is a small town situated in Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. The main road to Akaroa (State Highway 75) passes through this locality. It is 3 kilometres north of Akaroa township. At the time of French settlement in August 1840 in Akaroa, a small number of German families settled in this bay. Five German men, four of them single, chose to have land in Takamatua rather than Akaroa. The men were Breitmeyer, Hahn, Hettich, Waeckerle, Walther and Woll. The bay was named German Bay up until 1916 when the residents called on the Minister for Internal Affairs, George Warren Russell, to change the name to Takamatua, as a patriotic reaction to World War I. The German Bay Dairy Co-operative Factory was established in 1893. The Factory's cheese won first prize at the Dunedin Agricultural Show in 1901 and 1902.
Duvauchelle (Māori: Kaitouna) is a small town situated at the head of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. The Onawe Peninsula separates Duvauchelle bay from Barry's Bay. Duvauchelle is now part of Christchurch City Council jurisdiction since the city's amalgamation with Banks Peninsula District in 2006. From 1910 until 1989, Duvauchelle was the seat of the Akaroa County Council. Duvauchelle is grouped with other settlements including French Farm, Wainui, Robinson's Bay and Takamatua as the statistical area of Akaroa Harbour. The site of an ancient Māori pā or fortified settlement is at Oinako, where the Duvauchelle Hotel stands today. At Te Wharau creek, a taua or war party of Ngāti Awa warriors camped during the battles led by Te Rauparaha in 1831. The name of the town and bay comes from the surname of two brothers Jules-Agustin and Louis-Benjamin, who held land there from the Nanto-Bordelaise Company, at the time of the French settlement at Akaroa in the 1840s. In the following decade, land alongside Duvauchelle Bay was leased from the Canterbury Association by British settlers, including William Augustus Gordon, who was the brother of Charles George Gordon, the famous soldier and colonial administrator, known as "Gordon of Khartoum" after his death. The first freeholds were bought in 1857; economic activity was focussed on timber extraction and sawing, mostly totara trees. Domestic pigs were grazed in the forest, who mingled with the feral pigs that were already present. As the tree cover was cleared, it was replaced with pasture. The first settler at the Head of the Bay, the location of the present town, was a Frenchman called Libeau, who arrived in 1841. Timber exploitation was also the main activity, as well as boat building. The sawn timber was all carried out of the bay by locally built vessels. A public house and a shop were built in the 1850s. A small building that served as both church and school was built by local people on a half-acre plot of land donated by Lord Lyttelton. The first permanent roads began to be constructed in the 1860s and 1879 saw the arrival of the County Council offices and the Post Office.
Duvauchelle
Duvauchelle (Māori: Kaitouna) is a small town situated at the head of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand. The Onawe Peninsula separates Duvauchelle bay from Barry's Bay. Duvauchelle is now part of Christchurch City Council jurisdiction since the city's amalgamation with Banks Peninsula District in 2006. From 1910 until 1989, Duvauchelle was the seat of the Akaroa County Council. Duvauchelle is grouped with other settlements including French Farm, Wainui, Robinson's Bay and Takamatua as the statistical area of Akaroa Harbour. The site of an ancient Māori pā or fortified settlement is at Oinako, where the Duvauchelle Hotel stands today. At Te Wharau creek, a taua or war party of Ngāti Awa warriors camped during the battles led by Te Rauparaha in 1831. The name of the town and bay comes from the surname of two brothers Jules-Agustin and Louis-Benjamin, who held land there from the Nanto-Bordelaise Company, at the time of the French settlement at Akaroa in the 1840s. In the following decade, land alongside Duvauchelle Bay was leased from the Canterbury Association by British settlers, including William Augustus Gordon, who was the brother of Charles George Gordon, the famous soldier and colonial administrator, known as "Gordon of Khartoum" after his death. The first freeholds were bought in 1857; economic activity was focussed on timber extraction and sawing, mostly totara trees. Domestic pigs were grazed in the forest, who mingled with the feral pigs that were already present. As the tree cover was cleared, it was replaced with pasture. The first settler at the Head of the Bay, the location of the present town, was a Frenchman called Libeau, who arrived in 1841. Timber exploitation was also the main activity, as well as boat building. The sawn timber was all carried out of the bay by locally built vessels. A public house and a shop were built in the 1850s. A small building that served as both church and school was built by local people on a half-acre plot of land donated by Lord Lyttelton. The first permanent roads began to be constructed in the 1860s and 1879 saw the arrival of the County Council offices and the Post Office.
Very beautiful town.
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Akaroa
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Very beautiful town.