This charming Anglo-French village, established in 1840, is Canterbury's oldest town and New Zealand's only French settlement. The community retains a strong Gallic flavor, notably through the architecture and ambiance, which is best observed by taking the Akaroa Historic Walk. The road to Akaroa climbs over the hills and twists along valleys, the spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour make up for the inconvenience. The rare Hector's dolphin frolics in this harbor and for a close encounter call Akaroa Harbour Cruises or Black Cat Group. Enjoy cafes along the waterfront, or for a truly Provencal experience, visit French Farm Winery and Restaurant.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: 1.5 hours drive from central Christchurch