What things are there to do in Akaroa?

If you are wondering what things there are to do in Akaroa as you plan your holiday activities, then take a look at some of the fantastic activities and adventures Akaroa has to offer. There is something for all ages, interests, fitness levels and abilities, but remember to book in advance especially during the busier months.

  • Get out and about on a sea kayak, stand up paddle board, paddle boat, bike, electric skateboard, or surf with the seals.
  • Hop on board a comfortable launch, catamaran, or sail boat and see magnificent coastline and rare and threatened fauna and flora. Watch rare Hector’s dolphins, seals, penguins and much more, and visit the volcanic Cathedral Cave.
  • Enjoy the popular 18-hole golf course with panoramic views, or for the smaller members of your family Akaroa’s world famous 18-hole mini golf course set among native plants.
  • For the thrill-seekers take a jet adventure on a jet boat on the Akaroa Harbour.
  • Spend time at the Akaroa museum and the fascinating nearby Okains Bay Maori and Cultural Museum.
  • Take time at one of Akaroa’s wineries, or learn something new at the Akaroa Cooking School, sharing recipes, ideas and entertaining tips for up to twelve per class.
  • Hike the magnificent Banks Peninsula Track, which is still regarded as the finest private walking track in New Zealand. There are plenty of other great hiking and walking tracks around Akaroa.
  • Visit an alpaca farm, cheese factory, and art galleries featuring artists from the Banks Peninsula and beyond.
  • Swim with rare Hector’s dolphins or take a sea kayak to see the white-flippered penguins.

Our helpful staff at the Akaroa Village Inn can help you find the perfect activity, or show you the best spot to just sit and relax and take in the natural beauty of the Banks Peninsula.

Akaroa Dolphins - Harbour Nature Cruises

Akaroa Dolphins is 100% locally owned and operated. Let us take you on a journey of discovery through millions of years of fascinating history and natural heritage, on board our luxurious catamaran.

phone 03 304 7866

Blackcat Cruises

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 wouldn't be here today without the help of Mother Nature.

phone 03 304 7641

ecoSEAker Harbour Adventure Cruise

Come and join us on one of our small personal Akaroa dolphin swimming tours here at ecoSEAker and enjoy swimming with or watching the worlds rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin – The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin, only possible in and around the amazing volcanic crater of Akaroa Harbour. Thanks very much in advance your Skipper Steve Hamilton, 5th Generation local.

phone 0800 ECOSWIM (326 794)

Meniscus Wine

The vineyard is located on the south edge of the township of Akaroa on the ancient crater rim of the spectacular Banks Peninsula situated approximately 80 km to the south east of Christchurch in New Zealand. The philosophy of the vineyard is to grow grapes to produce wine that is reminiscent of the great wines of France to whom the Village owes its existence being settled by the French in July of 1840. The tension that holds the vineyard to the edge of the crater is similar to the upturned edge of liquid in a glass and is from which the Meniscus name has been derived.

phone 03 304 8754
or 021 304566

Swimming with Dolphins

For the experience of a lifetime join one of the small and personal tours and cruises in Akaroa that includes swimming with the dolphins. With an option to just watch, or for the more adventurous a chance to swim as part of a small group, enjoy a dolphin swim or view the world’s rarest and smallest ocean-going Hector’s dolphins.

phone 03 304 7641

The Little Bistro

Since opening in December 2009, The Little Bistro has become an illustrious restaurant, situated in the heart of Akaroa. Renowned for its fine cuisine, and outstanding wine list. Working closely with local growers and foragers, to create fresh, French, bistro inspired dishes.

phone 03 304 7314