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What makes Akaroa so spesh? It’s the only French town in New Zealand! That means you can soak up the joie de vivre in this charming waterside village packed with French colonial architecture and delectable French cuisine. No complaints there! It’s also full of craft shops, galleries and cafes, and is an awesome spot to squeeze in some cute-as marine life sightings. So don’t skip this amazeballs but chilled town just 75km from Christchurch – book one of our Akaroa hotels today and lock that baby in!

As if being French wasn’t cool enough, Akaroa is also special for its unique location nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano on Banks Peninsula – the South Island’s most fascinating volcanic feature. At the edge of the deep and sheltered waters of Akaroa Harbour, the town centre is best explored on foot to soak up the chillin’ vibes and take it all in. To get some history to explain the beautiful sights you’re wandering past, including many historic cottages, duck into the local museum – it’s pretty fascinating and explains how the French colonised this town despite British presence. But before you get too far, be sure to drop into the tourist info centre on the corner of Lavaud and Rue Balguerie for maps and brochures to get your Akaroa holiday swingin’ in full motion.

Any exploration of the beautiful Akaroa will take you to the beautiful bays along the harbour. This is your gateway to a world of nature that existed long before the French arrived with their delicious morsels of pastry. Take a harbour cruise to catch glimpses of the native dolphins, penguins and fur seals, or hire a kayak and explore it on your own terms. Not only are these waters home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin, but Flea Bay in particular is home to the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Now that’s something to brag about when you get home!

But of course, food is just as good a reason to make the short trek to Akaroa. The local restaurants have a focus on fine French cuisine, and there’s a butcher, baker and chorizo maker to keep you stocked up for picnics. Cafes, restaurants and bars proudly pour out the boutique local wines and micro-brewery beers, and often serve local cheeses too. Then there’s the super popular Akaroa Fish and Chip shop, and if you’d rather get in the kitchen yourself, the Akaroa Cooking School is a top-notch spot to learn to cook the local cuisine!

Akaroa is a beautiful spot by the water to relax and sock up the free-flowing French vibes and get some sweet wildlife encounters. And best of all, it’s only just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch! Don’t skip this destie on your New Zealand South Island adventure. Live every lastminute with our range of Akaroa accommodation below!

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10 Akaroa Hotels

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Akaroa Criterion Motel
self-rated 4.5 by property
Akaroa Criterion Motel
75 Rue Jolie, Banks Peninsula
$179 $133 $133 $133 Sold Out Sold Out $133 $133 $133 $133 $118 Sold Out Sold Out $118 135 4.5 184865
Tresori Motor Lodge
self-rated 4.5 by property
Tresori Motor Lodge
128 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out $161 $161 $170 $119 $142 $142 $119 145 4.5 184855
Akaroa Cottages Heritage Boutique Collection
self-rated 4.5 by property
Akaroa Cottages Heritage Boutique Collection
6888 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Akaroa
$193 Sold Out $174 Sold Out $230 Sold Out $202 $156 $156 $156 $147 $174 $193 $147 175 4.5 184825
Chateau Mont Clair
self-rated 4.5 by property
Chateau Mont Clair
131 Stony Bay Road, Akaroa
Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out $244 $244 $244 $244 $244 $244 244 4.5 184756
La Rochelle Motel
4.0 Qualmark
La Rochelle Motel
Rue Lavaud, Banks Peninsula
Sold Out $138 Sold Out $138 Sold Out Sold Out $133 Sold Out $133 $133 $133 $133 $133 $133 134 4.0 164866
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
self-rated 4.0 by property
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
56-64 Jolie Rue, Akaroa
$151 $151 Sold Out $133 Sold Out Sold Out $133 $133 $133 $133 $133 $133 Sold Out $124 136 4.0 164864
Akaroa Village Inn
self-rated 4.0 by property
Akaroa Village Inn
81 Beach Road, Akaroa
Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out $147 $147 $147 Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out 147 4.0 164853
Les Troupes Apartments
self-rated 4.0 by property
Les Troupes Apartments
5 CHURCH STREET Street, Akaroa
Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out $174 $193 $174 $170 $170 Sold Out $151 172 4.0 164828
La Rive Motel
self-rated 3.0 by property
La Rive Motel
1 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out $119 $119 $119 $119 $119 $119 $133 $119 121 3.0 124879
Akaroa on the Beach
self-rated 3.0 by property
Akaroa on the Beach
229 Beach Road, Akaroa
Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out $179 $179 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 $142 151 3.0 124849

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