I wish I had spent more time exploring Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula. This is such a beautiful part of the Canterbury region and a daytrip did not allow enough time to do all the things that I would have loved to have done – hiking, boating, exploring the local farms, and even riding along with the local postie! Needless to say, the drive from Christchurch was stunning and well worth the effort.
Banks Peninsula was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago, providing it with its fertile land and unique geography.
The small town of Akaroa was the country’s first French settlement, and evidence of this still remains today. There is a distinct provincial village vibe here; from its French street names throughout town to its impressive collection of charming boutique shops. The harbour is the main feature of this little town and tourists usually flock here to catch a glimpse of the world’s rarest species of dolphin – the Hector dolphin. It is also worth noting that the local fish and chip shop is world renowned, and no visit is complete without sampling its tasty treats (which I very happily did!).