Akaroa

Akaroa Jetty

A scenic one hour drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is a quaint little fishing town situated on the southern side of Bank Peninsula. The town has a distinct French flavour to it. Many street names are of French origin because of its French Whaling history.

Akaroa is quiet, relaxed and perfect for anyone wishing to unwind from a hectic day in the city. For a little more adventure, try the Akaroa Harbour Cruises which take you to see a Seal colony along with the opportunity to swim with Hectors dolphins. French Farm Winery on the western side of the harbour is also worth a visit.

Banks Peninsula

Banks Peninsula is an extinct volcano which lies east of Christchurch and is characterised by its circular shape, steep sided hills that sweep down to beautiful inlets and bays. A great way to exlore the rugged beauty of this area is to walk the Banks Peninsula Track, a multi-day walk across farmland and the Hinewai reserve covering 35 km of spectacular volcanic coastline, native bush, waterfalls and sandy beaches.