Akaroa History Safari


A fascinating historical and cultural experience inspired by local expert Hollie Hollander awaits. Local guide, Marie Haley, was born and raised on her family’s farm on Banks Peninsula. Begin at the site of Takapuneke to learn the story of the infamous Te Rauparaha massacre that led to the Treaty of Waitangi. Continue on to Onuku Marae where this treaty was first signed. At the Britomart Monument, learn directly from a French descendant about the ‘Race for Akaroa’, stop at Heritage Park. Next, at the Hinewai Reserve and the Wildside Conservation Project, delve into New Zealand’s sustainable sheep farming and learn directly from a farmer’s daughter. Finally see Pa Nga Toko Ono, one of the oldest visible Maori pa (fortification) sites in New Zealand and Otanerito Lookout.
  • Location

    Akaroa

  • Tour Code

    AK1145

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Price

    Adult from $169.99
    Children (12 & under) from $169.99

  • Snack included!

Photography

Please bring your camera!

Refreshments

Light refreshment included

Special Notes

Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and jacket, plenty of biodegradable sunscreen and bring bottled water
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