Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Banks Peninsula is a unique creator of an extinct volcano where water has been let in through a gap to the ocean. The harbour is famous for it's wildlife, with the Hectors dolphin being one of the rearest dolphins and biggest attraction to Akaroa. The town was settled by the french and walking the streets you feel the french traditions, with street names being french and restaurants having a big french flavour.
There are many day walks around Akaroa. By foot is a great way to see and experience this unique landscape with breathtaking views all round. The Purple Peak Track is a popular walk amongst the locals, departing from Akaroa and climbing high into the hills to view Akaroa, the harbour and surrounding Bays!
The harbour is bustling full of interesting creatures from the blue penguin to the hectors dolphin (one of the smallest dolphins in the world). If you want to go for a sail, go for a swim with a dolphin or just watch from the safety of a boat there are plenty of trips to make the most of. Our team are happy to help find what trip might work for you! Please ask!
Where to eat
If it is just a coffee you are after or a full sit down dinner Akaroa has some great spots to relax with good food and a view! There are numerous restaurants on the main strip and cafes hiding around the place. Here are some local favourites: