A day tour to Akaroa, the only settlement attempted by the French in New Zealand, passes through the beautiful landscapes of the Banks Peninsula. This region was formed following violent eruptions of volcanoes over 6 million years ago and the picturesque town of Akaroa itself sits in an ancient volcanic crater.
You will travel to Akaroa NZ over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which gives glorious views of farmlands, Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline. You have an opportunity to wander around the charming 175 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before we deliver you to your Akaroa Sea Kayaking Safari. Here your kayak guide will introduce you to kayaking and how to get the best out of a tour of Akaroa. This includes setting up your kayak so that you will have the maximum comfort when paddling, weather information and chart briefing so you know where you are going. You are accompanied by your kayak guide who will show you the best of Akaroa from the water. On your return we will have a late lunch at the award wining Bully Hayes cafe before returning to Christchurch.
On the journey back to Christchurch we visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay, the only one remaining on the peninsula from a bygone era, the Little River Art gallery and if time permits Vince’s Gem Stone Museum.