Akaroa Activities

Akaroa presents superb opportunities for boating, tramping, dolphin watching and swimming, mountain bike riding, 4WD safaris and horse riding.

  • Boat Cruises: view the volcanic cliffs and sea caves and get up close to the bird and marine life, including the rare Hector's dolphin.
  • Gourmet Experiences: the Akaroa area features two wineries, a cheese factory, a lavender farm and a selection of excellent dining options.
  • 4WD Safaris: see a white-flippered penguin colony and a New Zealand fur seal colony.
  • Walking: walks include one-hour, two-day and four-day walks on the Banks Peninsula Track.
  • Gardens: see a large range of very different gardens open to the public (most are open year round).
  • Okains Bay Maori & Early Settlers' Museum: view an extensive collection of fully furnished Maori and colonial buildings, war canoes and many artefacts.
  • Swimming: great swimming beaches can be found in Okains and Le Bons Bays. Some of the remote southern and south east bays are great for surfing.
  • Blue Pearl Centre: see various craftspeople at work.
  • Shopping: Akaroa is home to quaint shops and boutiques

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