Akaroa, NZ: I’m In Love!

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Akaroa is an enchanting little town about 90 minutes southeast of Christchurch. And I am in love. When we first cruised into Akaroa’s harbour on our cruise ship, I was already amazed. Akaroa is perched on a beautiful blue bay, with the most picturesque hills creating the perfect back drop. I can clearly remember standing on my cabin’s verandah, smiling at the vista in front of me, and thinking “Are you fucking kidding me?!” 

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On our tender ride from ship to shore I was looking out the window the entire time, just to make sure I wasn’t imagining the true beauty before my eyes. I climbed off the tender and onto the jetty, and sure enough, it was real. While Akaroa was just our port of call as a gateway to Christchurch, I know I’ll be coming back here and staying for longer than a few hours!

Akaroa is a charming town, with super friendly locals and cute little shops & eateries to explore. There’s plenty of watersports out in the harbour, and plenty of fun to be had ashore. I really recommend driving up to Summit Road, where you can get a stunning view of the harbour.

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The drive between Akaroa and Christchurch is wonderful, taking you through the New Zealand countryside. There are a few stops you can make along the way; we stopped at Little River for all-important snacks on our way into Christchurch, and then at Cheskin Orchard & Brian Bay Cheese Factory on our way back. If you’re not driving yourself, I really recommend hiring a private tour operator (particularly if, like us, you’ll be on a cruise ship) so you can make the drive a little more personal and make stops along the way.

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Akaroa is a perfect option for a day trip from Christchurch or for a small-town getaway. Either way, you’ll find yourself awestruck by the beauty you’ll encounter here. It’s truly a magical part of New Zealand, and I’m so happy that I was able to experience it!

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