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Our Akaroa accommodation is perfectly placed to let you enjoy this lovely historic French colonial settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano and just 85 kilometres from the city of Christchurch. Unwind at our Akaroa hotels and then go and explore the village with its colonial architecture, craft stores, and cafés. Relax in the sun at French Bay, or find a secluded beach of your own in one of the neighbouring bays. Head out onto the harbour, where scenic, fishing, and wildlife encounter cruises are available. Whether for the weekend or the week, there's an Akaroa escape to suit your mood.
Uncover the layers of history in this, Canterbury's oldest settlement. Claimed by the British at Green Point just days before the French colonists arrived in 1840, the town has always borne a twin cultural heritage. The narrow-gauge roads are lined with colonial cottages, and the historic buildings of the main street are still occupied by local businesses. Time is well spent simply walking around Akaroa's back streets. Guide yourself along the Historic walk.
Whaling station and sawmill sites from the early years of European colonisation dot the bays of the peninsula, as do Maori pa sites. Today the Ngai Tahu iwi (tribe) maintains a presence on the peninsula at Onuku, just south of Akaroa. Perhaps the most significant pa site, and certainly one of the most significant, is Onawe, in the heart of the harbour. Read about its dramatic history at the Akaroa Museum.
Our Akaroa accommodation is here for you to relax, unwind and enjoy!
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Hotels in Akaroa Harbour start at AU$115 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.