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Akaroa Wharf

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.


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Lodging Near Akaroa Wharf

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$124
Akaroa Waterfront Motels

Akaroa Waterfront Motels

56-64 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
4.5
of 5, from 218 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this motel is steps from Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$136
Les Troupes Apartments

Les Troupes Apartments

5 Church St, Akaroa
4.7
of 5, from 34 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf, Akaroa Museum, and Akaroa Lighthouse. Artisans Gallery is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

Akaroa Village Inn

Akaroa Village Inn

81 Beach Road,, Akaroa
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse. Akaroa Museum and Artisans Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

$106
Tresori Motor Lodge

Tresori Motor Lodge

Cnr Rue Jolie & Church St, Akaroa
4.4
of 5, from 97 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Museum. Akaroa Lighthouse and Artisans Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

Bruce Apartments

Bruce Apartments

CNR RUA JOLIE & CHURCH STREET,, AKAROA
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse. Akaroa Museum and Artisans Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

La Belle Villa

La Belle Villa

Rue Jolie ,113, AKAROA
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Museum. Artisans Gallery and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 15 minutes.

Banks House Akaroa

Banks House Akaroa

158 Rue Jolie,, Akaroa
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse. Akaroa Museum and Artisans Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$117
Akaroa Criterion Motel

Akaroa Criterion Motel

75 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
4.6
of 5, from 205 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Akaroa, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Akaroa Museum and Artisans Gallery. Akaroa Wharf and Akaroa Lighthouse are also within 1 mi (2 km).