When it’s time to escape the city, it’s hard to beat the allure and charm of New Zealand’s historic French township Akaroa. Located an easy 1.5 hr drive east of Christchurch, Akaroa is a must-do while in Christchurch – perfect for day trips or a holiday destination for a long weekend away.
With great options for public transport including daily buses running from Christchurch to Akaroa, you don’t even need to self-drive to be able to enjoy and explore all that Akaroa has to offer.
From irresistible alpacas to an award winning cheese factory (mais bien sur!) and walks along the picturesque waterfront, Akaroa is a beautiful destination that offers plenty of wildlife encounters, fantastic food and wine as well as outdoor fun amidst stunning beaches and bays in the heart of an ancient volcano.
The ultimate one-day itinerary in Akaroa
Even if you have just one day to visit Akaroa, it is well worth it. It’s an easy and beautiful scenic drive that takes about 1.5 hours with plenty of delicious cafes and viewpoints along the way. You also have the option to book with a bus shuttle that operates daily from Christchurch to Akaroa direct that gives you plenty of time to explore the charming township for the day.
Three days in Akaroa: A relaxed itinerary on the Banks Peninsula
3 days in Akaroa will feel like a lifetime away – a precious place to disconnect from it all and indulge in excellent food and wine, culture, wildlife encounters, walks and water activities in New Zealand’s only French settlement. Conveniently located just a 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is a must-do if you’re looking for a relaxed place full of natural beauty and history.
Family friendly Akaroa Holiday: 3-days with children
If you’re looking for a family friendly destination outside of the big city, then Akaroa is the place to be. With its stunning sheltered harbour, you have plenty of water activities in the area including swimming with the dolphins and sea kayaking safaris. On land you can get visit Shamarra alpaca farm – probably one of the happiest places on earth and always a hit with families as well as the renowned Giants House with its magnificent garden and sculptures.
Akaroa is a must-do destination that you can easily access from Christchurch with options to self-drive or hop on to a bus shuttles. Whether you’ve got just one day or the luxury of 3 days to explore this unique French settlement of New Zealand, Akaroa is a South Island gem that guarantees unforgettable holidays for couples, families and intrepid travellers alike.