Akaroa, New Zealand

Location:

This is a tender port. Ship tenders there to two possible places, just near Piahia (Bus connecting or quite a long walk, so leave extra time if returning by foot) or Waitangi, near the Treaty grounds. This depends on the day, and the tides, but all locals will know where you will be alighting. From Piahia you can catch a ferry across to Russell, which is worth a look.

Sightseeing:

Just 85 kilometers from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano.

 

Explore the village with its colonial architecture, craft stores, and cafes. Relax in the sun at French Bay, or find a secluded beach of your own in one of the neighboring bays. Head out onto the harbor, where scenic, fishing, and wildlife encounter cruises are available.

 

Breathe in Akaroa’s serene, mystical and romantic ambience. Wake to the sound of bellbirds and watch the joyous swooping of the wood pigeons. Smell the lavender and the heritage roses. Watch for walnut and oak trees planted by the first settlers.

Tours/Excursions/Transportation:

 

Rosemary Lyons who operates this local taxi will be offering a free service around Akaroa on cruise ship days. The loop trip operates every 15 minutes from the Akaroa main wharf and goes to the centre of Akaroa (Akaroa Visitor Centre) and to the Recreation Ground, (end of town). Stops are also possible to The Giants House.

 

Many Hector’s Dolphins may be found within Akaroa harbour, and ‘swim with the dolphins’ boat tours are a major tourist attraction.

 

The harbor’s edge is home to plenty of activities for those who prefer to stay on dry land. Enjoy farm, outer bay or seal and penguin colony tours or visit one of the neighboring surf beaches.

Shopping and Food:

Enjoy the boutiques, galleries and shops of Rue Lavaud, Beach Road, and Church Street. Visit the wharf to see the beauty of the paua pearl display and handcrafted jewelry.

Currency:

The New Zealand dollar is used in New Zealand. A few traders do accept foreign currency, particularly in tourist destinations. The conversion from US dollars to NZ dollars is approximately US$1=NZD1.30.

Automatic teller machines (ATMs), locally known as ‘the hole in the wall’, are available in just about every town.

Communication:

English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages of New Zealand. English is universal, and is written with Commonwealth (“British”) spelling.

The emergency telephone number in New Zealand is 111.

Many public libraries have public Internet access. Generally there is a charge.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

On Christmas day, Easter Sunday and Anzac day morning (25th April) all but a few “essential businesses” must be closed.

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