Things to do in Akaroa

Not only is Akaroa the only place in the world you can experience dolphin swimming with the world’s rarest and smallest Hector’s dolphin did you also know that Akaroa is the oldest town in Canterbury? Akaroa and the surrounding area is steeped in rich history and it would'nt be here today without the help of Mother Nature.

The story begins approximately seven and half million years ago when two giant volcanoes erupted. This eruption resulted in the formation of what we now know today as Banks Peninsula. The area was rich in natural resources making it an inviting place to settle. The Maori where the first to inhabit the land, followed by a British and French colony. To this day Akaroa village still has a distinct French flavour and influence and is home to our award winning Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise and Swimming with Dolphins.

The dramatic formation and landscape of Banks Peninsula allows you to experience breath-taking scenery en-route to Akaroa. This wonderful scenery complimented by the charm of the French inspired village has assured Akaroa’s popularity as a unique tourist destination, even for day visitors looking for things to do in Akaroa.

Today it is home year round to 1000 people, many of who work in the tourism industry. Akaroa has superb examples of historic homes and there are approximately fifteen gardens within 20 minutes of Akaroa which are open to the public. The area is unique for its heritage roses and micro climates, the popular Akaroa Herb Farm, street scapes and historic churches.

 

Schedule & Prices

 Swimming With DolpinsAkaroa Harbour Nature Cruises
Departs Sept 1st - Apr 31st report time at 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm.
May 1st -31st report time at 11.30am only
Swimming is closed during Jun, Jul & Aug for the winter
1.30pm every day all year 
11.00am from Oct to April
3.40pm mid Dec to mid March
Duration Two hours on the water(plus half an hour before and after) Two hours
Adult $150 ($79 to watch) $74
Child $120 [8 to 15 years] (watching $35) [5-15 years] $30 (5-15)
  Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. Includes FREE dolphin postcard.