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Experience the charm, character and colour of our little town, Akaroa. No matter when or how you decide to venture over to the beautiful bays, there’s always a friendly and welcoming place to stay. Whether you’re after a cosy bach to while away the rest of the winter in or thinking of somewhere to put up your tent up in the summer months, Akaroa has a great selection of places to set up your base for a getaway to remember.

Akaroa is full of charm, character and colour

Places to stay akaroa

Countryside Settings

Akaroa is also famous for its historic hideaways. If you’re after more of a quaint, country experience, take a look at some of the historic homesteads and cottages available for rent. With a selection of private rooms or self contained units on offer at well established places such as Wilderness House or Akaroa Cottages, there’s plenty to choose from for a quieter getaway. Over the hill there’s also the Shamarra Alpaca Farmstay, for those who want the comforts of modern accommodation with a taste of a working farm too. Bed and breakfasts in the area also give you a chance to meet the locals at the same time as enjoying the seclusion of the countryside setting.

Shamarra Farm Stay Alpacas in Akaroa

shamarra alpacas akaroa


If you’re after a place you can have all to yourself, while still being comfortably close to the streets along the shore, rent yourself a bach up in the Akaroa hills. Having your own place for a few weeks means settling in for the summer is a breeze, and there’s plenty of space for the boat. Booking in advance gives you a better chance of securing your own private getaway in those warmer months, but if you’re after a weekend retreat in the chillier part of the year, the process is a little less gruelling. And there’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm next to the fire, tucked away from the city’s bustle on a cold winter’s night.

Romantic Settings

The seaside village is also a popular place for couples to spend a romantic weekend together. And set against the French backdrop and glorious scenery there are a number of motels and apartments with waterfront views, perfect for a night with that someone special. Try L’hotel for a warm winter getaway – their downstairs bar and restaurant has an open fire, candlelight dinners and ambient music, setting a perfect scene for any couples weekend away. Or for a luxurious night or two for a special occasion, book a room with Waterfront Superior Suites, who’s beautiful interior design and stunning balcony views will be sure to make it an anniversary or honeymoon to remember.

Romantic settings in Akaroa

akaroa romantic escape getaway

Families and Backpackers

For the more budget conscious, or for those trekking their way around the country, Akaroa has a great selection of backpackers and family campgrounds that ensure you get more bang for your buck. Head up the hill to Akaroa’s Top Ten Holiday Park to pitch your tent, park your campervan, or perhaps crash in a cabin for your stay. Or if you’re a tourist on foot, take the chance to meet fellow travellers and book a bed at one of the backpackers or hostels closer to shore. Popular backpackers and hostels include Akaroa Dolphin, Bon Accord, and Chez la Mer, with most offering Wi-Fi so you can keep in touch with those back home.

Akaroa has plenty on offer to suit your accommodation needs, and with something for everyone’s budget, it’s not hard to enjoy more than just the one day in the beautiful seaside village, giving you plenty of time to explore everything it has to offer.

Vote & Win a luxury weekend in Akaroa!

For your chance to win a luxury weekend in Akaroa, which will include two nights accomodation at the exclusive retreat that is the Shamarra Farmstay, along with $300 in cash to wine and dine yourselves and an experience with Black Cat Cruises….simply vote on your favorite picture here. Remember The competition closes August 31st 2013 and the prize is for two people so tell your friends and don’t miss out!

Entry: Akaroa foggy morning by Derek Watts

Akroa harbour foggy morning