Welcome to The Criterion Akaroa Motel

The Akaroa Criterion Motel offers you 12 Studio Apartments most with spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and also offers a spacious Penthouse Apartment Suite that can accommodate up to 6 people.

With a stunning location overlooking sparkling Akaroa Harbour, The Akaroa Criterion Motel, which was fully renovated in 2012, is your ideal accommodation for a relaxing visit to one of the South Islands most picturesque towns.

A heritage village
by the sea

On the edge an ancient extinct volcano and only an 85 kilometre scenic drive from Christchurch International Airport or Christchurch city centre, Akaroa is an historic village settled by early Maori, followed by French and British colonial settlement. With its heritage architecture, craft stores, cafés, restaurants and boutique shops, it is a delightful place for your next holiday.

A picturesque vista

The beautiful harbour dominates the landscape and is home to a variety of sea mammals and bird life including Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, as well as seals and penguins, which you can see on an Akaroa harbour nature cruise.