Located on the Banks Peninsula, Akaroa is the most charming, relaxed little town. We stayed one night, and I’m so glad we did. The drive in took us through a winding mountain road that followed the curve of the land above the various inlets of the harbor below.
Our B&B was just past town, and it was breathtaking. Our hosts, John and Jenny, were so accommodating and welcoming — they were able to give us some great recommendations about the area. Their house is full of light, and the view from the porch is one-of-a-kind. Their guest suite includes a kitchen, bathroom, exit door, wifi, and movie selection.
You can find their airbnb listing here. We highly recommend them!
The tiny town itself is located on the water and full of laid-back, kitschy shops and restaurants. It feels like all the good memories from childhood. A popular activity is to take one of the many walking tracks around town and the surrounding countryside. Here is a great map with brief descriptions of all the treks.
The walks are completely enchanting. It’s like walking through a storybook village with lovely, overgrown gardens, quaint farmhouses, and stony brook fences. It was a wonderfully relaxing way to end our South Island adventure.
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Travel on, Beaches 🙂