Location of Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Our Facilities

NEW: We have a gym on site, free when you book directly with us (until end of August).

  • Enjoy a game on our Giant Chess
  • Outdoor pool table
  • Relax on the bean bags or lounge chairs
  • Free use of barbecue
  • Sports equipment
  • Hire a kayak or dinghy (extra charge)
  • Listen to the birds (tuis, geese, shag, ducks, wood pigeons, heron...)
  • Fossic for shells on the water's edge
  • Look for fish in the stream
  • Good selection of DVD's and books


Things to do in Akaroa

Start your day off right with a hot cup of coffee and a croissant from the bakery. Take in the colonial architecture and historic houses of the French village as you stroll the beach road to the main wharf. You may be temped by the variety of art and crafts shops, sweet shops, galleries, and boutiques.

Akaroa has a wide range of restaurants boasting some of the finest dining in Canterbury. Take a long hike around the mountain sides, or a short stroll from the supermarket to the lighthouse. At the end of the day, sit at a harbourside café, enjoy a New Zealand wine and watch the sun go down.

Take a harbour cruise on the beautiful Akaroa Harbour and view a variety of stunning wildlife including seals, penguins, bird life and the endangered Hector's dolphins. They are the world's smallest and rarest dolphins and a harbour cruise gives you the opportunity to swim with them, or enjoy a day's fishing from a charter boat, hire kayaks and explore the harbour or find a secluded beach and soak up the sun.

Banks Peninsula offers a huge range of sheltered beaches and bays, walking tracks, beautiful gardens and wineries ideal for a days exploring.

The Giants House - Unique Mozaic Garden created by the artist Josie Martin
Akaroa Cooking School - Take a cooking class
Banks Peninsula Walks - There are a variety of walks in and near Akaroa
Banks Track - There is also the well known 2 or 3 days Banks Peninsula Track
French Peak wine - Make sure you are doing some tasting in a beautiful environment, right at the vineyard

Water activities, harbour cruise or swimming with dolphins
Akaroa Dolphins
Black Cat
Coast up close
ECO Seaker
Akaroa Fox II
Onuku Dolphin Swimming
Southern Wanderer

Wildlife activities
Pohatu Penguins
Shamarra Alpacas
Akaroa Farm Tours

The scenic mail run around the Eastern bays is a great way to discover the peninsula too.

View the making of cheese at the Barry's Bay Cheese Factory, and taste our local cheeses.
Barry Bay cheese
French Peak Vineyard

Upcoming events in Akaroa

  • Cooking Class at Akaroa Cooking School, all year round
  • Events at the Gaiety, check weekends all year round
  • Mother's day Sunday 9th of May 2021
  • Lumiere Festival , Saturday 22nd of May 2021
  • QUeen's Birthday June 2021
  • French Fest 2021 15th Until 17th of October 2021