Akaroa Wharf

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Akaroa Wharf which includes a coastal town and general coastal views

At this pretty quayside join wildlife-spotting excursions around the Banks Peninsula and enjoy waterfront walks while admiring magnificent scenery.

Spend a day basking in the stunning natural surroundings of Akaroa Wharf. Take leisurely walks beside a glistening seafront and swim in the clean water. Sign up for boat tours around the Banks Peninsula and you might have the chance to swim with dolphins. Akaroa Wharf runs along the west coast of Akaroa and is short walk from the town’s other attractions.

The wharf’s paved and tree-lined esplanade is ideal for a gentle stroll. Sit on one of the benches, gaze over the bay and appreciate the uninterrupted views of rolling green hills. Rent a paddleboat or kayak and have some fun cruising on the calm water. At the northern end of the wharf is a sandy beach, where you might want to top up your tan or go for a refreshing dip on a warm and sunny day.

Lining the street across from the esplanade are a collection of cafés, fish and chips shops and restaurants. Many have outdoor seating areas and splendid views. Alternatively, bring your own food and enjoy a picnic at the waterfront tables.

Be sure to join one of the water-based excursions, which depart from the wharf’s piers and are operated by the town’s tour operators. Visit the dramatic cliffs, millennia-old volcanic formations and remarkable sea caves of the Banks Peninsula. See colonies of blue penguins and fur seals in their natural habitats. Spot sea birds such as albatross, gulls and oystercatchers.

Don’t miss the chance to swim with Hector’s dolphins. This is one of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin species and large pods inhabit the waters of Banks Peninsula year-round.

Find other interesting attractions close to the wharf. Learn about the archaeology, ethnology and geology of the Banks Peninsula at the Akaroa Museum. Marvel at the colourful mosaics, sculptures and terraced gardens at The Giants House. Browse works by local artists at the Orion Powerhouse Gallery.

Akaroa Wharf is about a 90-minute drive from Christchurch and easy to reach via rented car. Free parking is available at the quayside. Shuttle buses travel frequently between Akaroa and Christchurch. As Akaroa is also a popular cruise ship stop, it’s recommended that you book tours in advance.

136 Cheap Hotels Near Akaroa Wharf

La Rochelle Motel
La Rochelle Motel
4 out of 5
1 Rue Grehan, Akaroa
The price is NZ$165 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
This family-friendly Akaroa motel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of St Patrick's Catholic Church and Artisans Gallery. Akaroa ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (182 reviews)
"Lovely room, great stay"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2022

La Rochelle Motel
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
4 out of 5
56-64 Jolie Rue, Akaroa
The price is NZ$189 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Akaroa motel is steps away from Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum. St Patrick's Catholic Church and Giant's House ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (344 reviews)
"Beautiful place."

Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2021

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Tresori Motor Lodge
Tresori Motor Lodge
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Rue Jolie & Church St, Akaroa
The price is NZ$179 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa Museum and Akaroa Lighthouse. Giant's House and Le Bons Bay Beach are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (199 reviews)
"Loved proximity to town and beach. Very comfortable and clean. Enjoyed our stay"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2022

Tresori Motor Lodge
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La Rochelle Motel
La Rochelle Motel
4 out of 5
1 Rue Grehan, Akaroa
The price is NZ$165 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
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Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Akaroa Waterfront Motels
4 out of 5
56-64 Jolie Rue, Akaroa
The price is NZ$189 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
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Tresori Motor Lodge
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Rue Jolie & Church St, Akaroa
The price is NZ$179 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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Akaroa Village Inn
Akaroa Village Inn
3 out of 5
81 Beach Road, Akaroa, Canterbury
The price is NZ$239 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
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Bruce Waterfront Apartments
Bruce Waterfront Apartments
4 out of 5
81 Beach Rd, Akaroa, Canterbury
The price is NZ$278 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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Akaroa Criterion Motel
Akaroa Criterion Motel
4.5 out of 5
75 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
The price is NZ$176 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
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Les Troupes Apartments
Les Troupes Apartments
3.5 out of 5
5 Church St, Akaroa
The price is NZ$199 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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The Bruce Waterfront Apartments by AVI
The Bruce Waterfront Apartments by AVI
3 out of 5
81 Beach Road, Akaroa, Canterbury
The price is NZ$299 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
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Akaroa Central Apartment
Akaroa Central Apartment
3.5 out of 5
77-79 Beach Rd, Akaroa, Canterbury
The price is NZ$300 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Akaroa Central Apartment
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