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On the eastern side of New Zealand’s South Island lies Akaroa or ‘Long Harbour’, a diminutive French town of colonial-style buildings which rests in a sheltered natural harbour amongst a vast landscape of green volcanic hills.

The town lies in the heart of an extinct volcano whose crater eroded and flooded with seawater about 15,000 years ago, forming the natural harbour of Akaroa as it is today. Lying 46 miles from Christchurch, the town offers visitors a unique combination of French, British and Maori culture.

Sightseeing in Akaroa

Akaroa enjoys a busy tourist season during the summer months and its population swells considerably during this time. As such there’s a great selection of things for visitors to do:

Hector’s dolphins

Found only in New Zealand, this tiny dolphin was named after Sir James Hector, who was the first to examine the species. The dolphin has a distinctive black mask and rounded fin, and since shallow coastal waters form their natural habitat, these friendly, playful but sadly rare animals are never usually far from shore. Some cruise line excursions to Akaroa include the chance to swim with the dolphins or to see them from the deck of a wildlife cruise boat, allowing visitors to see these remarkable marine mammals up close.

Akaroa Musuem

Try the Akaroa Musuem for an in-depth look at the history, art, archaeology and wildlife of the town and the surrounding Banks Peninsula. The museum complex can be found on Rue Lavaud in the town centre, and comprises three heritage buildings: the Customs House, the Court House and Eteveneaux cottage, all dating back to the Anglo-French colonial period of the mid-to-late 1800s. The museum’s collections include native Maori weavings and artifacts, as well as objects produced or imported by European explorers and settlers. Costumes, tools, books and art also feature, as well as old postcards and souvenirs from the days when Akaroa was first promoted as a holiday destination. Visitors can also see a film charting the origins of the area from its volcanic beginnings right up to recent historical and cultural developments.

Traditional Akaroa farming

Some cruise lines also offer excursions to see Akaroa’s surrounding farmland, where visitors might get the opportunity to speak with farmers who have held vast acreages in the region for generations – and to hear their stories about living and working in rural New Zealand. Along with the country’s enormous number of sheep comes a rich tradition of sheep herding, and you may get the chance to see sheepdogs rounding up their flock; alongside relaxing walks through farmland and surrounding countryside. Some trips even offer homemade refreshments and walks through adjoining gardens full of native plants – the perfect way to relax in the New Zealand countryside.

Shopping in Akaroa

Local art boutiques, craft shops and galleries fill Akaroa’s centre, where French street names and architecture sit in pleasant contrast to the surrounding New Zealand landscape. Walk the charming lanes and nearby promenades of this historic town – always in sight of the harbour and surrounding hills – and find wonderful colonial-style wool shops, cheesemakers, galleries and gift shops along the way.

Eating out in Akaroa

For a town that takes no longer than 15 minutes to cross, Akaroa presents visitors with a fantastic concentration of bars, cafes, restaurants and bistros – many of which are situated by the sea. The emphasis is very much on locally-produced fare, from fresh produce and fish caught or farmed in the surrounding area to cheeses, wines and micro-brewed beer all made on Akaroa’s doorstep. The town has everything for food lovers, from locally farmed salmon or lamb to fresh croissants, fish and chips and locally cured chorizo.

1 Australia And New Zealand
27 October 2019 - 12 nights

Sydney, Australia | Hobart, Tasmania | Dusky Sound | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Picton | Tauranga | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£7049pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
2 Australia And New Zealand
08 November 2019 - 12 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dusky Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£4699pp
Cruise Only£3699pp
3 Australia And New Zealand
02 December 2019 - 12 nights

Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Tauranga | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dusky Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£4049pp
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4 Endless Summer To Ancient Polynesia
19 December 2019 - 65 nights

Miami | Key West | Havana | Havana | Havana | Cartagena, Colombia | Puerto Vallarta | Cabo San Lucas | Los Angeles | Hilo | Maui (Lahaina) | Honolulu | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Bora Bora | Tahiti (Papeete) | Moorea | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Gisborne | Wellington | Picton | Nelson, New Zealand | New Plymouth | Auckland | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Oban, Scotland | Doubtful Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Sydney, Australia more

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5 Endless Summer To Ancient Polynesia
19 December 2019 - 65 nights

Miami | Key West | Havana | Havana | Havana | Cartagena, Colombia | Puerto Vallarta | Cabo San Lucas | Los Angeles | Hilo | Maui (Lahaina) | Honolulu | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Bora Bora | Tahiti (Papeete) | Moorea | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Gisborne | Wellington | Picton | Nelson, New Zealand | New Plymouth | Auckland | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Oban, Scotland | Doubtful Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Sydney, Australia more

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6 South Pacific Treasures
21 December 2019 - 30 nights

Sydney, Australia | Phillip Island | Melbourne | Milford Sound | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Dunedin, New Zealand | Lyttelton, New Zealand | Kaikoura, New Zealand | Nelson, New Zealand | Wellington | Tauranga | Auckland | Russell (Bay Of Islands), New Zealand | Kingston, Norfolk Island, Australia | Milford Sound | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Timaru, New Zealand | Akaroa | Kaikoura, New Zealand | Wellington | Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand | Auckland more

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7 Australia And New Zealand
23 December 2019 - 12 nights

Sydney, Australia | Picton | Napier | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Dusky Sound | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | New Castle (Australia) | Sydney, Australia more

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8 Outrageous Outback
06 January 2020 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Eden | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Tauranga | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£5289pp
Cruise Only£3959pp
9 Jewels of South Pacific
06 January 2020 - 30 nights

Auckland | Russell (Bay Of Islands), New Zealand | Kingston, Norfolk Island, Australia | Milford Haven (for Wales) | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Timaru, New Zealand | Lyttelton, New Zealand | Kaikoura, New Zealand | Wellington | Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand | Auckland | Tauranga | Picton | Wellington | Akaroa | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Fiordland National Park | Milford Haven (for Wales) | Melbourne | Phillip Island | Canberra, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

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10 Sydney to Auckland
07 January 2020 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Melbourne | Melbourne | Phillip Island | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Tauranga | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£8999pp
Cruise Only£7219pp
11 Tasman Sea Traveler
20 January 2020 - 14 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Gisborne | Napier | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Burnie | Melbourne | Melbourne | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£5519pp
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12 New Zealand & Australia
20 January 2020 - 16 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Bluff | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Milford Sound | Melbourne | Phillip Island | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

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13 Los Angeles to Rome
22 January 2020 - 89 nights

Los Angeles | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Tahiti (Papeete) | Moorea | Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) | Raiatea | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Nuku'alofa, Tonga Islands | Lautoka | Waitangi (Bay Of Islands) | Auckland | Auckland | Tauranga | Napier | Napier | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Mooloolaba, Queensland | Airlie Beach | Hamilton Island, Australia | Cairns | Cairns | Darwin | Komodo Island | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Colombo | Colombo | Kochi, Japan | Kochi, Japan | Cruising The Coast Of India | Mumbai | Mumbai | Salalah | Aqaba | Eilat | Aqaba | Eilat | Larnaca, Cyprus | Agios Nikolaos - Crete | Siracusa, Sicily | Civitavecchia more

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14 Australia And New Zealand
25 January 2020 - 13 nights

Sydney, Australia | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dusky Sound | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Tauranga | Tauranga | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£6339pp
Cruise Only£4729pp
15 Outrageous Outback - Sydney to Auckland
03 February 2020 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Eden | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Tauranga | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£5559pp
Cruise Only£4099pp
16 Tasman & Pacific Pearls - Sydney to Papeete
03 February 2020 - 32 nights

Sydney, Australia | Eden | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Tauranga | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Noumea | Maré Island, New Caledonia | Port Vila | Lautoka | Suva | Pago Pago | Apia | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Tahiti (Papeete) more

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17 Australia And New Zealand
07 February 2020 - 10 nights

Sydney, Australia | Hobart, Tasmania | Dusky Sound | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Tauranga | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£5849pp
Cruise Only£4129pp
18 New Zealand & Australia
08 February 2020 - 15 nights

Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Doubtful Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£4259pp
Cruise Only£3419pp
19 Australia And New Zealand
17 February 2020 - 12 nights

Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Tauranga | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dusky Sound | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Melbourne more

Fly Cruise£6259pp
Cruise Only£4529pp
20 New Zealand & Australia
21 February 2020 - 16 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Bluff | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Milford Sound | Melbourne | Phillip Island | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

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21 Golden Austral Autumn
21 February 2020 - 30 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Picton | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Milford Sound | Fiordland National Park | Melbourne | Phillip Island | Eden | Sydney, Australia | Canberra, Australia | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Portland, Australia | Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island | Adelaide | Phillip Island | Melbourne | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

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22 Newzealand Intensive
23 February 2020 - 15 nights

Sydney, Australia | Doubtful Sound | Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Kaikoura, New Zealand | Picton | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Tauranga | Tauranga | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£2749pp
23 Sydney To Papeete
28 February 2020 - 29 nights

Sydney, Australia | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Tauranga | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Norfolk Island, Australia | Noumea | Noumea | Lautoka | Suva | Pago Pago | Apia | Bora Bora | Moorea | Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) more

Fly Cruise£14799pp
Cruise Only£12869pp
24 Sydney To Auckland
28 February 2020 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Tauranga | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£7699pp
Cruise Only£6069pp
25 Australia And New Zealand
29 February 2020 - 10 nights

Melbourne | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Dusky Sound | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Tauranga | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£5439pp
Cruise Only£3699pp
26 New Zealand & Australia
09 March 2020 - 15 nights

Auckland | Gisborne | Napier | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Hobart, Tasmania | Melbourne | Melbourne | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£4099pp
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27 Continental Crossings Bridging Three Worlds
09 March 2020 - 73 nights

Auckland | Auckland | Gisborne | Gisborne | Napier | Napier | Wellington | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Dunedin, New Zealand | Hobart, Tasmania | Hobart, Tasmania | Melbourne | Melbourne | Melbourne | Melbourne | Sydney, Australia | Mooloolaba, Queensland | Airlie Beach | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Darwin | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang) | Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang) | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Colombo | Colombo | Colombo | Colombo | Kochi, India | Kochi, India | Kochi, India | Kochi, India | Mumbai | Mumbai | Dubai | Dubai | Muscat | Muscat | Muscat | Salalah | Luxor | Petra | Petra | Heraklion (Iraklion) | Piraeus (Athens) | Mykonos | Santorini | Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily | Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Sicily | Amalfi | Civitavecchia | Civitavecchia | Livorno (Florence & Pisa) | Livorno (Florence & Pisa) | Barcelona | Barcelona more

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28 Australia And New Zealand
10 March 2020 - 10 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dusky Sound | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£5759pp
Cruise Only£4049pp
29 New Zealand
14 April 2020 - 11 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Dusky Sound | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | Melbourne | Sydney, Australia more

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30 Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand
28 October 2020 - 12 nights

Sydney, Australia | Hobart, Tasmania | Doubtful Sound | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Picton | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£6349pp
Cruise Only£4879pp
31 Sydney to Fremantle
31 October 2020 - 21 nights

Sydney, Australia | Nelson, New Zealand | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Stewart Island, New Zealand | Doubtful Sound | Milford Sound | Burnie | Melbourne | Adelaide | Kangaroo Island | Busselton | Fremantle, Perth more

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32 Barcelona to Auckland
06 November 2020 - 76 nights

Barcelona | Valletta | Rhodes | Limassol | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Sharm El Sheikh | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Aqaba | Salalah | Muscat | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Mumbai | Mumbai | Goa (Mormugao) | Mangalore | Kochi (Cochin) | Colombo | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Phuket | Penang | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Singapore | Singapore | Semarang (for Borobudur) | Surabaya | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Komodo Island | Darwin | Cooktown | Cairns | Airlie Beach, Australia | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£33519pp
Cruise Only£30859pp
33 New Zealand, Tasmania & Australia
23 November 2020 - 12 nights

Auckland | Tauranga | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dusky Sound | Hobart, Tasmania | Eden | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£5649pp
Cruise Only£4079pp
34 New Zealand Immersion
28 November 2020 - 12 nights

Christchurch | Dunedin, New Zealand | Stewart Island, New Zealand | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Akaroa | Akaroa | Kaikoura, New Zealand | Nelson, New Zealand | Ship Cove, New Zealand | Napier | Mercury Bay | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£11799pp
Cruise Only£10299pp
35 Sydney to Auckland
20 December 2020 - 16 nights

Sydney, Australia | Melbourne | Burnie | Milford Sound | Doubtful Sound | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Kaikoura, New Zealand | Wellington | Gisborne | Tauranga | Auckland | Auckland more

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36 Australia/New Zealand Voyage
04 January 2021 - 17 nights

Melbourne | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Picton | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Tauranga | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

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37 Sydney to Auckland
05 January 2021 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Burnie | Melbourne | Melbourne | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington | Wellington | Napier | Tauranga | Whangarei New Zealand | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

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38 Miami To Barcelona
05 January 2021 - 117 nights

Miami | St John S, Antigua | Castries | St. Georges, Grenada | Kralendijk | Oranjestad | Manta | Guayaquil | Salaverry (trujillo), Peru | Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Pisco, San Martin | Hanga Roa, Easter Island | Hanga Roa, Easter Island | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Auckland | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Burnie | Melbourne | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Brisbane | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur, Port Kelang, Malaysia | Penang | Phuket | Colombo | Kochi (Cochin) | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai | Mumbai | Muscat | Fujairah | Dubai | Dubai | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Limassol | Rhodes | Patmos | Mytilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Bozcaada | Kusadasi (Ephesus) | Santorini | Amalfi | Civitavecchia | Livorno (Florence & Pisa) | Monte Carlo | Marseille | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£45899pp
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39 Miami To Sydney
05 January 2021 - 51 nights

Miami | St John S, Antigua | Castries | St. Georges, Grenada | Kralendijk | Oranjestad | Manta | Guayaquil | Salaverry (trujillo), Peru | Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Pisco, San Martin | Hanga Roa, Easter Island | Hanga Roa, Easter Island | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Auckland | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin, New Zealand | Burnie | Melbourne | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£21469pp
Cruise Only£20289pp
40 Sydney to Auckland
06 January 2021 - 15 nights

Sydney, Australia | Eden | Phillip Island | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Akaroa | Wellington | Napier | Gisborne | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Fly Cruise£9779pp
Cruise Only£8099pp
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