Adventure time: swimming with dolphins in Akaroa

In Akaroa you can have the rare and remarkable experience of getting up close to the world’s smallest dolphin.


Hector's dolphins. © George Karbus Photography

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The Grand Hotel Visit website

Built in 1883, The Grand Hotel is Akaroa's oldest hotel. While it retains the original façade and many of its Victorian features such as the . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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SiloStay Visit website

MUST DO - SLEEP IN A SILO! One of its kind in the world - the humble grain silo custom designed and converted into a . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Banks Peninsula: land of volcanoes and mini dolphins

On Banks Peninsula you can sleep under the stars in a glass house, swim with miniature dolphins and dine on amazing local food all in the same day... Read the story . . . 

Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Welcome to the Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park, widely acknowledged for its stunning location and views. The holiday park is situated in Canterbury's oldest township, . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa District Promotions Visit website

Akaroa & the Bays: Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the loop, a real sense of achievement. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa Waterfront Motels Visit website

Only motel in Akaroa on the water edge, Great views, Surrounding by garden, listen to the birds not the traffic, Ideal . . . More . . . 

Akaroa on the Beach Visit website

Three unique waterfront designer apartments with spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour. Each self-contained apartment has a sophisticated mix of classic and contemporary interiors, and is . . . More . . . 

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Pōhatu Marine Reserve

Many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals hang out at Pōhatu Marine Reserve on Banks Peninsula, home to both penguin and seal colonies.  Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises Visit website

AKAROA HARBOUR NATURE CRUISE (Black Cat Cruises) - your Hectors dolphin guarantee! yes we guarantee you will see dolphins or come again another day for . . . More . . . 

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Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa is a very special place, visited by the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin.  Read the story . . . 

Blue Pearl Gallery Visit website

Blue Pearls come from New Zealand abalone, also known as paua or Haliotis Iris, only found in the cool clear waters close to the New . . . More . . . 

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