Located on the south east side of the deep, sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the charming township of Akaroa has a special point of difference - it was the only French settlement in New Zealand.
Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer. Discover the dramatic outer bays and take your time to soak in the magic of this area.
The sparkling waters of the harbour are home to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin, while New Zealand Fur Seals, Little Blue Penguins and a myriad of bird life can also be spotted.
This charming seaside village is only 80km away from Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island.