The glimmering gem of Akaroa hides on the other side of the Banks Peninsula from Christchurch. It’s one of our favourite day trips anywhere on this beautiful earth.
Approach Akaroa by sea, and you’ll appreciate why the Maori named it the “long harbour”.
Our favourite approach is by road from Christchurch. An hour and a half’s drive flies by with views like these. Enjoy the journey.
Akaroa sits nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. On a brooding day, the eruptions don’t seem that far away.
This small, sleepy New Zealand town was originally settled by the French and you can still feel its influence which gives it a quaint charm.
There’s a quiet, magical beauty here. Even the boats have houses with a view.
As the sun sets, it’s time for our little party to head back towards the bright lights of our warm beds in Christchurch. Until we meet again Akaroa…
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