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With its rich history, breathtaking scenery, and diverse range of activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this iconic Canterbury destination. Whether you're a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast, or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, Akaroa has it all.

Immerse yourself in the local Maori culture, explore the pristine marine reserve, or embark on a scenic hike along the stunning coastline or surrounding hills. Indulge in a tasting at the local wineries or gin distillery or take a stroll through the quaint streets lined with boutique shops and art galleries.

Don't miss the opportunity to cruise alongside dolphins and penguins in their natural habitat, creating memories that will last a lifetime. With our hand-picked recommendations, you can make the most of your visit to Akaroa and experience the very best this captivating town has to offer.

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Hector Dolphins

Dolphin Swimming and Tours

Akaroa provides many opportunities to get up close and personal with one of the world's smallest dolphins. With only a population of 7,000, Akaroa is home to around 1,000. Whether you want to watch from the deck of a boat or take it to the next step and swim with them, there is the perfect option for you.

Sailing Akaroa

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Sail with them in the crater of an extinct volcano on New Zealand’s oldest ketch and enjoy the wildlife of Akaroa Harbour up close. See Hector’s dolphins, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, albatross, and various sea birds. Relax and soak up the sun, sea, and hills or take part as one of the crew. Marvel at the giant volcanic sea cliffs, caves, and rock formations along the journey.

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The Giants House

The happiest garden on earth! An eclectic house & gardens noted for its many whimsical mosaic sculptures. A magical place to explore while finding all the colourful sculptures that are exuberant, interactive, romantic, fun and full of surprises. 750 metres from where we are, although it is up an incline so allow a little more time if walking.


Walks and Hikes

Embark on a range of walks and hikes in Akaroa suitable for all skill levels. From relaxed waterfront strolls to challenging treks, discover diverse landscapes and scenic viewpoints throughout this coastal gem. Whether seeking a leisurely outing or an adrenaline-filled adventure, Akaroa offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Ask at the office and the team will point in the right direction

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Shamarra Alpacas

Welcome to the land of cute. At Shamarra Alpacas you get to touch and bond with these storybook creatures. Make friends for life with our award-winning alpacas situated on the jaw-dropping panorama of the Banks Peninsula. With their 170+ cute and curious critters, you will leave with a healthy serving of cuddles.



Coast Up Close offers fishing charters, wildlife cruises, and private tours. Owned by locals Tony and Mafi have a combined 80+ years on the Akaroa Harbour and the waters around Banks Peninsula. If you are after the opportunity to hook a fish in these beautiful waters then this is you best pick

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Pohatu Penguins offers unique nature and sea kayak tours in Akaroa. Guided by a local family of conservationists with over 30 years of experience you're in good hands. They provide various tours and packages to suit your adventure level. From sea-kayaking to 4WD tours, all with elements of spectacular scenery and wildlife. They can also take you on a tour of the largest Australasian Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand.