Welcome to Akaroa
Akaroa is a town on the Banks Peninsula, southeast of Christchurch, New Zealand. Akaroa Beach is on the eastern shore of Akaroa Harbour, where rare Hector’s dolphins swim. The Akaroa Museum includes 3 heritage buildings and chronicles the town’s development, especially its 19th-century British and French colonial history. The Giant’s House has terraced gardens and features colourful sculptures and mosaics.
Places of Interest in and around Akaroa
Akaroa Harbour is part of Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand. It enters from the southern coast of the peninsula, heading in a predominantly northerly direction. The name Akaroa is KāiTahu Māori for “Long Harbour”
The Giants House
Eclectic house & gardens, also a bed & breakfast, noted for its many whimsical mosaic sculptures.The Giants House is proud and excited to announce the installation of a real 5m mirror polished magnificent stainless Steel ‘GIANT’. The latest creation by Josie Martin.
Akaroa Museum Te Whare Taonga
Akaroa Museum is focused on the history of Banks Peninsula. Its varied collections include archives, art, photography, costume and textiles, taonga, and technology. We can provide research services and access to our extensive collection. The Museum is open 363 days a year.
Banks Peninsula is a peninsula of volcanic origin on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It has an area of approximately 1,150 square kilometres and encompasses two large harbours and many smaller bays and coves.
Garden of Tane
Enjoy a variety of gentle walks, the song of the native birds, vistas of the harbour, specimen trees, and a traditional playground, in this beautiful bush reserve in Akaroa The Garden of Tāne Scenic Reserve started in July 1874 when the Canterbury Provincial Council set aside a five-acre area adjacent to the cemetery reserves as Akaroa Domain, managed by a local board. At this time the reserve covered approximately five acres of pasture grassland and forest remnants in the gullies. It was extended to its present size in 1940. The Domain Board planted many exotic tree species including oaks, elms, ashes, pines, cedars and cypresses set within grasslands, creating a veritable arboretum. There was a network of broad well surfaced paths, a summer house, rustic bridge, grotto, fountain and pool, tennis courts, croquet lawn and seating.
Banks Track takes you through forest, over hill and along coast. You can see a wide variety of flora and fauna including penguin, dolphin, tītī, bellbird, tūī, seal, fantail, tomtit, morepork, falcon and kereru before you spend your evening either stargazing in our dark skies or enjoying the warmth and camaraderie of a cosy fire.
Akaroa Sailing Cruises
Welcome to ‘A-Class’ Sailing Akaroa, Wildlife Sailing Cruises. Step aboard Manutara. A 47-foot, beautifully maintained RARE classic ‘Ocean Sailing Yacht’. Original 1946 vintage. One of the last ‘A-Class’ Keelers to be built.Indulge yourselves on this 2½ hour Unique, exciting, unforgettable Akaroa Harbour Cruise. Suitable for all levels of fitness. No previous sailing experience necessary. The Ultimate Akaroa Water Activity or Harbour and Wildlife Cruise.
St Peter’s Anglican Church Currently, a service is held in Akaroa each Sunday morning at either St. Peter’s or Trinity and a service then follows at one of four ‘Outer Bay’ churches in rotation: Little Akaloa, Duvauchelle, Wainui and Pigeon Bay.
The original Akaroa Lighthouse started operation on the headland of Akaroa Heads in 1880. One hundred years later, it was moved down to Akaroa Township, after being replaced by an automated light.
Takamatua Valley Vineyards
The Takamatua Valley Vineyards offers superb facilities including a vineyard, wine tasting and a function centre for conferences, weddings and other special occasions. Nestled on the north facing slopes of the lush hills above the historical village of Akaroa, the wine building at Takamatua Valley Vineyard has a magnificent panoramic view of the harbour and countryside.
Fishermans Bay Garden
Fishermans Bay Garden is a haven in the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Banks Peninsula coastline. The structure and texture of New Zealand native plants combined with a diverse array of non-native plants are used to create a truly New Zealand ambience. Winding paths and a varied landscape have inspired a garden with many parts, including a traditional flower border, herb garden, farm garden, fern garden, a shaded streamside valley and pond and a wild, exposed rock garden.
French Farm Garden
The garden is nestled in the historic French Farm Valley on the banks of the TeWaimangu Stream.Once part of a large sheep and cattle farm the garden is testament to the resilience of native bush and the speed at which it can regenerate once the stock is removed.In 2003 two stands of bush in the garden were protected in perpetuity by QE11 Covenants. The bush contains many fine examples of a variety of native trees including kahikatea, totara, matai and some huge kowhai but a feature is a mature pokaka which is listed as a Notable Tree of NZ.
The garden is designated a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.It contains dramatic herbaceous borders forming a natural colourful amphitheatre full of tulips, irises, daylillies and dahlias depending on the season. The intention of the planting is to tie the ornamental garden into the wider landscape with its magnificent backdrop of native bush and surrounding hills.
Paths meander through the garden and there are several streamside bush walks with many glades and dells that provide perfect spaces to relax and enjoy the birdsong.