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Apartment in Akaroa
Waterfront 2-bedroom apartment with car park
This stylish 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment has it all. Views directly over the main wharf and harbour from the living and master. Cafes, restaurants, shopping strip & beach is at your doorstep. Leave the car in provided park. Fully equipped kitchen, dining and laundry. Comfy bedding, master with Queen bed, 2nd bedroom with twin singles. Enjoy a coffee or a wine on the private balcony and watch the sunset over the harbour. Note: stair access to second floor living and to third floor bedrooms.
$132 per night
Guesthouse in Akaroa
Akaroa harbour view studio, bright clean & cosy
Akaroa harbour view studio is a light, bright and cosy space. The studio enjoys uninterrupted views of beautiful Akaroa harbour both from inside and from the private deck. You will feel relaxed and at home with a super comfy queen bed, seating area and well-appointed kitchenette. The studio is a 5 minute drive, or a pleasant 20 minute stroll along the beach road to the centre of Akaroa. The studio also has a bedroom with bunks and will suit couples or families with 1 or 2 small children.
$106 per night
Apartment in Akaroa
Akaroa Apartment 65 Waterfront with Spa Bath
Situated centrally in the picturesque town of Akaroa is Apartment 65, which is a self contained, tastefully furnished, recently renovated 2 bedroom ground floor unit with bathroom & kitchenette .A self contained kitchenette has a microwave and electric fry pan, no oven. The en suite bathroom includes a shower,spa bath, vanity basin,and hair dryer along with fresh towels and toiletries to ensure a comfortable stay.There is a guest laundry onsite as well as a private parking bay.
$159 per night

Stay near Akaroa's top sights

Akaroa Dolphins20 locals recommend
Black Cat Cruises15 locals recommend
The Giants House26 locals recommend
Akaroa Fish & Chips3 locals recommend
Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar21 locals recommend
Akaroa Lighthouse10 locals recommend

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Akaroa Sunshine Views and Spa Pool !!
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Amazing Akaroa.
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Akaroa Rose Cottage
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Villa in Akaroa
Stylish Seaview Villa perched above Akaroa
$262 per night
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Tranquil and relaxing Lavender Studio
$127 per night
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Harbour Escape - tiny home in Lyttelton
$83 per night
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Daisy Hill Cottage - Enjoy the outdoor Hot Tub!!
$100 per night
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Tranquil hideaway
$135 per night

Your guide to Akaroa

All About Akaroa

Just southeast of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand, along the eastern bounds of Akaroa Harbour on the Banks Peninsula, the small waterside community of Akaroa sits at the base of long-dormant volcanoes. The stunning, rugged landscape that surrounds the town is covered in mountainous forests with snow-capped peaks, rocky cliffs, and rolling grasslands. Settlers from France who helped build the village have left their mark on the bright facades and gabled rooftops of many buildings, as well as in the pastries, cheeses, and dishes served at local cafes and restaurants.

Stroll along Akaroa’s vibrant harborside drag, and you can spend hours perusing boutiques and galleries, breaking to enjoy tea and scones. Outside the village, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to hike in areas like Mist Peaks Nature Reserve and explore the tranquil harbour waters in a kayak, paddleboard, or sailboat.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Akaroa

Akaroa has pleasant conditions for much of the year, with only minor variations between the seasons. However, remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, so summer months range from December to February, while the winters run June to August. The summers in Akaroa are pleasant and warm, with long sunny days that provide excellent conditions for wandering the town, swimming, and dolphin-watching. While the winter months are certainly colder, temperatures are only a bit lower than the summertime, with a moderate increase in rainfall. Packing a light waterproof jacket year-round, with some extra layers in winter, is a good idea when traveling to the region. If you’re visiting Akaroa in April or May, you may catch the Akaroa French Festival, which celebrates the town’s heritage with parades, a French market, and live music.

Top things to do in Akaroa

Hinewai Reserve

Steep forested mountains, rolling brushlands, towering waterfalls, and miles upon miles of trail systems run through Hinewai Reserve. Located just 15 minutes inland from Akaroa, the reserve is dedicated to preserving the area’s natural ecologies and the reforestation of places that have been harmed by previous human activity. Hiking trails of varying intensity meander through old-growth forests, grasslands, and cliffside vistas.

Okains Bay Museum

Set amid the stunning Banks Peninsula, Okains Bay Museum houses preserved, relocated cottages and traditional heritage items. Near the museum entrance, you’ll find a working blacksmith shop and waka shed with traditional Maori canoes and watercraft. One of the more impressive exhibits is the taonga Maori collection, which has been classified as a Collection of National Significance due to its immaculately preserved wood carvings, bone and shell work, and textiles.

Kayaking and paddling the French Bay

Akaroa curves around the shallow French Bay, one of several small bays on the edge of Akaroa Harbour. Exploring the bay on kayak or paddleboard will bring you to hidden beaches, secret coves, and dramatic cliffs overlooking the gentle waters. Observant adventures may spot wild dolphins frolicking through the water and white-flippered penguins lounging among the black coastal rock formations.

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