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Akaroa harbour view studio, bright clean & cosy
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Entire guesthouse · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath
Akaroa harbour view studio, bright clean & cosyAkaroa harbour view studio is a light, bright and cosy space. The studio enjoys uninterrupted views of beautiful Akaroa harbour both from inside and from the private deck. You will feel relaxed and at home with a super comfy queen bed, seating area and well-appointed kitchenette. The studio is a 5 minute drive, or a pleasant 20 minute stroll along the beach road to the centre of Akaroa. The studio also has a bedroom with bunks and will suit couples or families with 1 or 2 small children.
Number One Archdalls,
Robinsons Bay
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Entire residential home · 4 guests · 3 beds · 2 baths
Number One Archdalls, Robinsons BayOur newly renovated house is situated in beautiful Robinsons Bay in the stunning Akaroa Harbour. The house has 2 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a Queen bed, en suite and a deck to sit, relax and enjoy the amazing harbour view. The second bedroom has a Queen bed and a foldout single. 1 Archdalls Road is only a 2 mins walk to a beach where you can read, swim and relax. New fully equipped kitchen which includes Microwave, dishwasher, oven, jug, toaster, Coffee Machine
Daisy Hill Cottage - Enjoy the outdoor Hot Tub!!
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Entire residential home · 8 guests · 5 beds · 2 baths
Daisy Hill Cottage - Enjoy the outdoor Hot Tub!!* Outdoor hot tub. * Spa towels provided at no extra cost. * New designer kitchen with plenty of bench space . Daisy Hill Cottage is a well-loved classic Kiwi Bach. Here you are close to the cafes and restaurants of the quaint French village, but have complete privacy. Enjoy the BBQ, deck, large garden and the NZ native bird life. Free off street parking for at least 2-3 cars is provided. * FREE welcome hamper for stays of 3 nights or longer.

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Stylish Seaview Villa perched above Akaroa
$247 per night
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Quiet, sunny and private, amongst bird song
$195 per night
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Comfortable 2 bedroom hideaway.
$94 per night
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The Herb Farm Cottage - An Idyllic Rustic Retreat
$107 per night
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The Lighthouse
$64 per night
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Akaroa Coastal Cottage
$94 per night
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Akaroa Harbor View House.
$131 per night
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Akaroa Sunshine Views and Spa Pool !!
$121 per night
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Enjoy this magical place, best views in the bay
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Stunning Beach Front Guest Cottage Akaroa
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Tom's Bach, Wainui, Banks Peninsula
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Your guide to Akaroa

All About Akaroa

Just southeast of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, along the eastern bounds of Akaroa Harbour on the Banks Peninsula, the small waterside community of Akaroa sits at the base of long-dormant volcanoes. The stunning, rugged landscape that surrounds the town is covered in mountainous forests with snow-capped peaks, rocky cliffs, and rolling grasslands. Settlers from France who helped build the village have left their mark on the bright facades and gabled rooftops of many buildings, as well as in the pastries, cheeses, and dishes served at local cafes and restaurants.

Stroll along Akaroa’s vibrant harborside drag, and you can spend hours perusing boutiques and galleries, breaking to enjoy tea and scones. Outside the village, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to hike in areas like Mist Peaks Nature Reserve and explore the tranquil harbour waters in a kayak, paddleboard, or sailboat.


How do I get around Akaroa?

The nearest major airport to Akaroa is Christchurch International Airport (CHC), about 90 minutes away by car. You’ll find rental vehicles outside the air terminals, which could be helpful if you’re planning a broader exploration of the Banks Peninsula. But renting a car isn’t necessary to get to your Akaroa accommodation, as you’ll have your choice of shuttles, buses, taxis, and ride-hailing services. Once arrived, Akaroa is easily walkable. Strolling around town is the best way to take in its architecture and quiet coastal feel.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Akaroa?

Akaroa has pleasant conditions for much of the year, with only minor variations between the seasons. However, remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, so summer months range from December to February, while the winters run June to August. The summers in Akaroa are pleasant and warm, with long sunny days that provide excellent conditions for wandering the town, swimming, and dolphin-watching. While the winter months are certainly colder, temperatures are only a bit lower than the summertime, with a moderate increase in rainfall. Packing a light waterproof jacket year-round, with some extra layers in winter, is a good idea when traveling to the region. If you’re visiting Akaroa in April or May, you may catch the Akaroa French Festival, which celebrates the town’s heritage with parades, a French market, and live music.


What are the top things to do in Akaroa?

Hinewai Reserve

Steep forested mountains, rolling brushlands, towering waterfalls, and miles upon miles of trail systems run through Hinewai Reserve. Located just 15 minutes inland from Akaroa, the reserve is dedicated to preserving the area’s natural ecologies and the reforestation of places that have been harmed by previous human activity. Hiking trails of varying intensity meander through old-growth forests, grasslands, and cliffside vistas.

Okains Bay Museum

Set amid the stunning Banks Peninsula, Okains Bay Museum houses preserved, relocated cottages and traditional heritage items. Near the museum entrance, you’ll find a working blacksmith shop and waka shed with traditional Maori canoes and watercraft. One of the more impressive exhibits is the taonga Maori collection, which has been classified as a Collection of National Significance due to its immaculately preserved wood carvings, bone and shell work, and textiles.

Kayaking and paddling the French Bay

Akaroa curves around the shallow French Bay, one of several small bays on the edge of Akaroa Harbour. Exploring the bay on kayak or paddleboard will bring you to hidden beaches, secret coves, and dramatic cliffs overlooking the gentle waters. Observant adventures may spot wild dolphins frolicking through the water and white-flippered penguins lounging among the black coastal rock formations.