Akaroa - 1 Day

2018-02-03 20-32-49

Akaroa is a small town on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region

of the South Island of New Zealand, situated within a harbour of the same name. The name Akaroa is Kāi Tahu Māori for “Long Harbour”, which would be spelled “Whangaroa” in standard Māori.

The town is 84 kilometres (52 mi) by road from Christchurch and is the terminus of State Highway 75. It is set on a sheltered harbour and is overlooked and surrounded by the remnants of a miocene volcano. Akaroa is entirely dependent upon rainfall on the hills.

Akaroa is a popular resort town. Many Hector’s dolphins may be found within the harbour, and ‘swim with the dolphins’ boat tours are a major tourist attraction. In the 2013 New Zealand census, the permanent population was 624, an increase of 9.5% since 2006. 

Ōnuku marae, a marae (tribal meeting ground) of Ngāi Tahu and its Ōnuku Rūnanga branch, is located in Akaroa. It includes the Karaweko wharenui (meeting house).


  • Price Includes: transportation, guide
  • Price doesn't Include: meal
Price From NZD $ 40/person
Total $ 40 NZD