Akaroa, whose name comes from the Maori for "long harbour, is a summer resort and fishing port on the east coast of South Island. It is an historic French and British settlement lying on the shore of picturesque French Bay. Akaroa Harbour is a rocky inlet on the Banks Peninsula formed when the sea invaded the crater of an ancient volcano. This beautiful harbour, home to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin, the Hectors Dolphin, dominates the landscape.
Here you will find fascinating colonial architecture, interesting craft stores to explore and intimate cafes - perfect for reflection and contemplation.From Akaroa you can visit Christchurch 50 miles away. The settlement was founded by the French 1840 and then sold to the New Zealand government in 1849. You can see the French influence by following the Akaroa Historic Village Walk or visiting the Museum.
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