Akaroa is Canterbury's oldest town. As well as being a former French and British colony, it also has a colourful whaling and Maori history.
The charm of this old town, together with the incredible scenery encountered en route has assured Akaroa's popularity as a unique tourist destination.
Today it is home year round to 1000 people, many of who work in the tourism industry. Akaroa has superb examples of historic homes and there are approximately fifteen gardens within 20 minutes of Akaroa which are open to the public. The area is unique for its heritage roses and micro climates, the popular Akaroa Herb Farm, street scapes and historic churches.
Akaroa has a vineyard near Barry's Bay on the way to Akaroa. French Farm winery on the eastern side of the harbour is situated
within the valley where the French navy established farms and orchards in the 1840s.
Akaroa has its own swimming beach with other beautiful, deserted beaches within thirty minutes at both Okains and Le Bons Bays.
Adventure activities include: horse trekking, four-wheel farm bike riding; paragliding, sea kayaking and jet skiing. Events include the annual French Fest, the Duvauchelle Agricultural Show, Waitangi Day Celebrations at Okains Bay, Harbour swim and triathlon, Le Race (cycling) and more. See www.akaroa.com for more details.