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While in Akaroa 

Activities and Places to Visit

Pohatu Penguin


Francis and Shireen Helps have protected the White-flippered Penguins at Pohatu-Flea Bay for more than two decades. Tours enable you to see the penguins unobtrusively. Sea Kayaking allows you to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Pohatu Marine Reserve. Scenic Nature Tours will enable you to experience a wide range of endemic wildlife amongst dreamlike landscapes. See web site for departure times for Penguin Tours, Sea Kayaking Safaris, Nature Safaris and Overnight Packages.

Akaroa Golf Club


A popular course with panoramic views. This delightful 18-hole golf course occupies 28 hectares of undulating country at the head of picturesque Akaroa harbour. We hire out equipment at a reasonable rate. Please phone us for all your enquiries.

Men 18 holes Par 67 4444 metres Women 18 holes Par 70 4226 metres

Green Fees Club & Trundler Hire. Cart hires by arrangement.

Akaroa Cooking School


We share recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for up to twelve per class. We show how to prepare the dishes on that day’s menu in a relaxed & fun environment. A long lunch at the dining table will then be served savouring every dish from the class with matching NZ wines. All participants need to bring are their culinary interest and an appetite. We can also assist with your catering needs at your venue, private hire and the perfect place for corporate events, team building days, end of year function or mid-winter get together. Give us a call to discuss your requirements.

For more information contact Ant & Lou at The Akaroa Cooking School.

Akaroa Dolphins


Let our crew including our dolphin dogs, take you on a journey of discovery. Enjoy the fascinating history and amazing wildlife on our stylish vessel 'Into the Blue'. A more intimate and luxurious experience, offering complimentary drinks, including award winning wine, beer and home baking. We are 100% locally owned and operated, winners of the Champion Canterbury Business Award for Tourism in 2015, Rankers winner of Dolphin Watching Experience in 2013, and ranked Number 1 on TripAdvisor for Boat Tours in Akaroa. We have a great proven track record for offering an unforgettable nature cruise experience.

Night SUP Akaroa


NightSUP Akaroa is New Zealand’s first and only guided night time paddle board operation.

Our boards are all equipped with custom made LED light kits that light up the sea floor as you glide around the stunning Akaroa waterfront.

You do not need to have paddled before to participate as a lesson is provided as part of the experience. There is a vast variety of sea life and you just never know what will pop up!

Be one of the first to experience a truly magical experience that everyone is raving about.

You don’t need any special gear and all equipment is provided.

The Giant's House


The GIANTS HOUSE. Sculpture, mosaic garden and Gallery. "The happiest garden on earth". Garden of National significance by NZ Garden Trust. Trip Adviser - award of excellence, recommended by Lonely Planet. The Giants House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Akaroa. Very Unique! Playful, zany, exuberant, astounding, colourful, surprising, seriously playful, unique in the will make you smile.

Orion Powerhouse Gallery

The Orion Powerhouse Gallery began its life in historic Akaroa as the building which housed the hydroelectric power equipment from 1911. It was extended several years later to house a gas engine and workshop and remained in use until the mid-1950s. The equipment was sold to the Maruia Springs Hotel. At the end of the century the Maruia Springs plant became redundant so the equipment was returned to Akaroa by volunteers with support from the Akaroa Civic Trust

The newly refurbished 'Orion Powerhouse Gallery' comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers.

Alpaca Farm Tour


“Alpaca heaven on earth” - TripAdvisor. Alpacas are beautiful and mysterious animals with a long and fascinating history. Frank and Anya, who own over 130 alpacas, will share this story and their experience with you. After an interactive presentation, you will have the opportunity to handle alpacas and appreciate the unique qualities of their amazing ultra-fine fleece. Walk an alpaca among our herd while these majestic animals graze with their young, then feed them by hand. The memorable views over Akaroa harbour are breath-taking. Afterwards, browse the excellent Alpaca Shop.

Akaroa's Fox II


Sail with dolphins, see wildlife. Akaroa harbour up close on New Zealand's oldest ketch Fox II. Learn about local history & help crew if you want. With 2 wooden masts and 6 sails there is always a halyard to hoist or a sheet to be pulled. 3-hour tour with historic narration, complementary fresh brewed coffee, tea, homemade hot chocolate and biscuits. The only boat in Akaroa with dolphin guarantee! You will see dolphins, penguins and seals (sometimes albatross), visit Cathedral Cave, see a waterfall and giant cliffs. Departing Daly’s Wharf 10.30am and 1.30pm. The only boat to offer real sailing in the Pacific Ocean, not just the inner harbour.

Akaroa Museum

Akaroa Museum reflects the varied and colourful history of Banks Peninsula. Three heritage buildings-the Langlois-Eteveneaux cottage (early 1840’s), the Customs House (early 1850’s) and the Court House (1878) are part of the Akaroa Museum complex. ‘The Long Harbour-a 20-minute DVD tells of the volcanic origins of Akaroa and its settlement. The permanent collection includes a complete edition of the Akaroa Mail from 1876, nineteenth and twentieth century costume, photographic and family history archives. Right in the centre of Akaroa. The Museum also has a great gift shop with excellent cards, books and Maori carvings.