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Popular amenities for Akaroa vacation rentals

Stay near Akaroa's top sights

Akaroa Fish & Chips3 locals recommend
The Giants House26 locals recommend
Black Cat Cruises15 locals recommend
Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar21 locals recommend
Akaroa Dolphins20 locals recommend
Ma Maison Restaurant19 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Akaroa

  • Total rentals

    140 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    20 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    90 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    8.9K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Akaroa?

    Akaroa has more than 60 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Akaroa have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with air conditioning in Akaroa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in apartment rentals in Akaroa?

    Experience the best of Akaroa with our apartment rentals, starting at about $80 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Akaroa?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Akaroa. Choose from more than 20 house rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there Akaroa vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Akaroa, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Akaroa?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 house rentals in Akaroa featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Akaroa have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with a bbq area in Akaroa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do apartment rentals in Akaroa have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 apartment rentals with wifi in Akaroa. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

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