Akaroa Little River Kaitorete Spit


Court House Frank Worsley Rue Jolie St Peters



Akaroa is a village on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is 82 kilometers by road from Christchurch, and is the terminus of State Highway 75.


the lighthouse

According to the March 2001 New Zealand census of population and dwellings, the permanent population was 576, a decrease of 69 since 1996. The village has a high (31%) ratio of residents aged over 65 years.


Catholic church

Photos of the Anglican church

Set on a beautiful, sheltered harbor and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills, Akaroa is a popular resort village. In summer the temporary population can reach 7,000 which places stress on the water supply which is entirely dependent upon rainfall on the hills.



Although sailors from the hastily-despatched HMS Britomart proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island at Akaroa in 1840, the area was settled that same year by French settlers who had intended to establish a colony. The area still has a French influence, reflected in many local place names.


sports field

Many Hector's Dolphins may be found in the harbour, and 'swim with the dolphins' boat tours are a major tourist attraction.


Dolphin Cruise



gourmet dining

The French settlement was known as Port Louis-Philipe; before 1840 it was also known as Wangaloa. The name Akaroa is Kāi Tahu Māori for 'Long Harbour'.


Frank Worsley, a local hero

His Story


The Old Shipping Centre

Photos of the Old Court House


French car


flying the French flag

Photos of Rue Jolie



whaling tripot



the artist



fun in the sand


school uniform








war memorial







the gardener



Court House Frank Worsley Rue Jolie St Peters

Akaroa Little River Kaitorete Spit

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