A town enchanted with beauty mixed with a blend of historic buildings, volcanic sceneries and most of all- magnificent harbours. This renowned French town lies in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Approximately a 52 minutes (84km) road drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is set on a protected harbour hugely surrounded by the fragments of a Miocene volcano. It is also a known fact that Akaroa is largely reliant on rainfall from the hills.
Being a popular harbour and resort town, a good number of the Hector’s Dolphins are usually found with the harbour area. The most reported tourist attraction known to be prevalent in Akaroa is the ‘Swim with The Dolphins’ Boat tours. According to a 2013 New Zealand Census, it was recorded that the population was 624 with a 33.1% of aged adults (over 65), although there has been a slight 10% increase since then.
5 Things to Do In Akaroa
1. Take a Short Trip To Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
This two hours cruise is what every tourist should yearn earnestly for. You have the opportunity to see the world’s rarest and smallest Dolphin- the Hector’s Dolphin in live display and some beautiful fur seals around the Seal Bay. Stopping at the Salmon farm at St. Lucas Bay is an unforgettable experience. Armed with your camera, be sure to take countless photos of the magnificent sceneries and don’t forget to briskly take a cup of coffee or tea to perfect your experience.
2. Schedule an Excursion For the Akaroa Shores
This seems like a perfect excursion as you will have a firsthand experience in tour combination. Places to be covered on this excursion include; a well guided tour of the famous Giant’s House, the Bank’s Peninsula and the Christchurch City. The short sail usually begins from boarding a ship at the Akaroa port which will travel through the Akaroa Highway to Christchurch. This sail gives a tourist a complete view of the Banks Peninsula, the magnificent views of the Canterbury plains and the Southern Alps and then ends at the famous Giant’s House.
3. Venture A Swim With The Dolphins
You cannot only watch the Dolphins from the Akaroa harbour cruise; you can as well swim with them, sounds exciting? Only 10 passengers are allowed per vessel to ensure great coordination. With the aid of a jet-powered catamaran operated by a highly trained crew, you can actually swim close to the Dolphins and have one of your life’s most memorable experiences.
4. Have a Grasp of a Two-Hour Local Akaroa Sights with Port Pickup and Drop Off
If you have a limited time in Akaroa, then this two-hour tour experience should be ideal for you. This travel runs through Takamatua to Robinsons’ Bay and touching Barry’s Bay stretching to the Hill Top Tavern overseeing all the magnificent sites.
5. Visit the Akaroa Lighthouse
Situated inside the harbour and easy to spot from the centre of the town, the Akaroa Lighthouse is a beauty to behold. Your visit to Akaroa might be regretful if you don’t pay a warm visit to the Lighthouse.
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