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Akaroa is situated on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand's South Island. A quaint little village, Akaroa is full of colonial architecture, fine looking gardens and an unusual history; it's a truly wonderful port of call. With an array of places to visit and things to do, Akaroa offers something for everyone. For an insight into Akaroa's intriguing past, pay the museum a visit. Or walk along the foreshore and visit Akaroa's historic wooden lighthouse. If wildlife's more your thing, why not go on a wildlife harbour cruise. You never know, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare Hector's Dolphins as well as fur seals and penguins. The still waters of Akaroa's harbour are ideal for water sports and boat cruises – and there's the opportunity to swim with dolphins too.
There are shops, boutiques and markets around the village of Akaroa. It is here that you will be able to purchase souvenirs such as; hand-crafted items, clothes, perfumes, arts and crafts, home ornaments and pottery.
The local the currency in Akaroa is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Akaroa is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +12).
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