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Akaroa, New Zealand Luxury Cruises

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.

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1 Australia And New Zealand
27 October 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£8459pp
Cruise Only£6749pp
2 Australia And New Zealand
08 November 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4789pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
3 Australia And New Zealand
02 December 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4129pp
Cruise Only£3349pp
4 Australia And New Zealand
23 December 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£5279pp
5 Outrageous Outback
06 January 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5679pp
Cruise Only£4119pp
6 Sydney to Auckland
07 January 2020 - 14 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£8859pp
Cruise Only£7219pp
7 Tasman Sea Traveler
20 January 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5459pp
Cruise Only£3959pp
8 New Zealand & Australia
20 January 2020 - 16 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£6169pp
9 Australia And New Zealand
25 January 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5779pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
10 Outrageous Outback - Sydney to Auckland
03 February 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5349pp
Cruise Only£3939pp
11 Tasman & Pacific Pearls - Sydney to Papeete
03 February 2020 - 32 nights

Sydney, Australia | Eden | Melbourne | Melbourne | Melbourne | Melbourne | Burnie | Burnie | Dunedin | Akaroa | Wellington | Wellington | Napier | Napier | Gisborne | Tauranga | Auckland, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand | Bay Of Islands, New Zealand | Noumea, New Caledonia | Mare, New Caledonia | Mare, New Caledonia | Port Vila | Lautoka | Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Pago Pago, American Samoa | Apia, Samoa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Raiatea | Papeete | Papeete more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
12 Australia And New Zealand
07 February 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5659pp
Cruise Only£4019pp
13 New Zealand & Australia
08 February 2020 - 15 nights

Auckland, New Zealand | Bay Of Islands, New Zealand | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Picton | Akaroa | Dunedin | Oban, Stewart Island | Doubtful Sound | Hobart | Hobart | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£3559pp
14 Australia And New Zealand
17 February 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5929pp
Cruise Only£4279pp
15 New Zealand & Australia
21 February 2020 - 16 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£6169pp
16 Newzealand Intensive
23 February 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4119pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
17 Sydney To Auckland
28 February 2020 - 14 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£7699pp
Cruise Only£6069pp
18 Australia And New Zealand
29 February 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5249pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
19 New Zealand & Australia
09 March 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4279pp
Cruise Only£2919pp
20 Australia And New Zealand
10 March 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5569pp
Cruise Only£3929pp
21 New Zealand
14 April 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5999pp
Cruise Only£4379pp
22 Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand
28 October 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
23 New Zealand, Tasmania & Australia
23 November 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
24 Australia/New Zealand Voyage
04 January 2021 - 17 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£4489pp
25 Sydney to Auckland
06 January 2021 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£10099pp
Cruise Only£8439pp
26 Sydney to Auckland
07 January 2021 - 14 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
27 Auckland to Sydney
21 January 2021 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£9089pp
Cruise Only£7379pp
28 Auckland to Sydney
14 February 2021 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£8559pp
Cruise Only£6919pp
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