Cruises to Akaroa

New Zealand


the port of call for Christchurch

With its very French clapboard buildings and Gallic street names, Akaroa - the gateway to Christchurch - always comes as a surprise to travellers who are used to a very British or Maori New Zealand.

During the 1800’s the waters around Akaroa were popular with whalers. In 1838 French whaling captain, Jean Francois L’Anglois thought that it would be a good idea to establish a settlement to service the whaling ships. He contacted local Maori leaders, paid for the rights to the entire Banks Peninsula and went back to France to assemble a group of 63 colonists. The English beat him to it, signing the Treaty of Waitangi and declaring sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand in 1840. Nonetheless, permission was given for the French settlers to land with the provision that they would not attempt to change the controlling power of the islands. Other immigrants from France and Germany followed throughout the decade. Today, much of Akaroa’s Gallic character and picturesque architecture dates from these hardy pioneers.

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567 (2006 census)


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Akaroa Shore Tours

Most Popular

Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port

Traditional Akaroa Farm Experience


2.5 hours

Adult: $109.99pp

Child: $79.99pp

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Akaroa by Double Decker Bus


2 hours

Adult: $55.99pp

Child: $39.99pp

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International Antarctic Center & Canterbury Boutique Winery


8 hours

Adult: $235.99pp

Child: $189.99pp

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Must See

Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.

Akaroa Harbour Swim with the Dolphins


3 hours

Adult: $199.99pp

Child: $169.99pp

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Jetboating on Akaroa Harbour


1 hour

Adult: $89.99pp

Child: $49.99pp

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High Country Explorer


9 hours

Adult: $399.99pp

Child: $299.00pp

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