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This panorama was taken from the harbour promenade in Akaroa. The panorama shows some of the shops and reataurants that line the promenade, the view over Akaroa Harbour at low tide and some of the visitors strolling along the shoreline or relaxing in the benches.


Akaroa - Banks Peninsula visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Akaroa' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Canterbury.

Akaroa is the most popular tourist destination on the Banks Peninsula . It is set deep within a south-facing inlet on the southern side of the Banks Peninsula offering many activities in a protected and sheltered setting, surrounded by steep hills formed by the weathered remains of an extinct volcano. Easily accessible as a day trip Christchurch or Lyttelton, Akaroa is truly one of the gems of the Canterbury region of South Island, New Zealand.

Visit Akaroa, and you will find a relaxed seaside resort full of shops and restaurants which line both the high street and the harbour front. Simply park and take a stroll through the town. Black Cats cruises offer harbour cruises and dolphin watching trips from Akaroa Wharf, which is very popular with visitors. Other sea and water-related activities include sailing, boating, sea kayaks and fishing. Away from the sea, visitors can explore the ancient volcanic hills of the Banks Peninsula, hiking, walking and cycling are all popluar activities here.

Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement surrounded by picturesque bays in a deep inlet in the Banks Peninsula. Akaroa has a beautiful harbour which is rich in sea life. Water sports and harbour cruises are very popular with visiting tourists. Akaroa has a permanent population of about 600, but this rises dramatically in the summer months as tourists flock to the area.

Akaroa has numerous hotels, bed and breakfast (B&B) and other types of self catering or rentable holiday accommodation for those who wish to stay here. The largest settlement on the Banks Peninsula, Akaroa has plenty of amenities and facilities. It is well aware of the importance of tourism, and makes every effort to make your visit relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. For those not wishing to stay in Akaroa itself, there are more B&B places and farmstay opportunities nearby. Duvauchelle, just down the road, also has a campsite.


Akaroa is about 80km from Christchurch. The H75 runs from Christchurch along the Banks Peninsula to Akaroa. The journey takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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