Welcome To Akaroa, New Zealand

Akaroa is a beautiful harbour town situated on an extinct volcanic shoreline on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Akaroa Has It All!!!

  • Spectacular scenery

  • Affordable accomodation

  • Fine restaurants

  • Plenty of activities including boat trips, nature tours, historic places, shopping, and cafes

Akaroa village, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand starting place for Akaroa Seal Colony Safari

Photo by Jan Shuttleworth

Getting Here

Akaroa is a pleasant 83km drive from Christchurch via State Highway 75. Rental cars and buses are available in Christchurch. Follow the highway through Halswell, Tai Tapu, and Little River, over Hilltop, and down to Akaroa.

Banks Peninsula map with route from Christchurch to Akaroa to seal colony safari
Akaroa lighthouse in Akaroa where the Akaroa Seal Colony Safari begins and ends

Photo by Jan Shuttleworth


Akaroa has a great range of hotels, motels, b&bs and backpackers' accommodation.

Akaroa wharf where crusie ships tenders land

Photo by Margaret and Paul Sikora

Akaroa harbour and lighthouse

Photo by Margaret + Paul Sikora

Akaroa i-Site:

Akaroa Adventure Centre

Website:  www.akaroa.com  
Phone:    +64 (0)3 304 7784

Around the Peninsula 11.jpg

Photo by John Kean