The Giant’s House: a whimsical wonderland

At the top of a hill in Akaroa, you’ll find a striking candy-coloured house with the kind of garden that...


Explore secret spots at The Giant's House, Akaroa. © Jo Percival

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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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Akaroa: French heritage charm and the finest of foods

This is the place where sheltered harbour, French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food fuse perfectly together. 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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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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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 . . . 

Fox II Sailing Adventures

Come to Akaroa, and sail with dolphins on the Fox II. Sail out in the Pacific, not just Akaroa harbour on this 3 hour cruise. . . . More . . . 

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