Discover a touch of France in the Southern Hemisphere as you walk through the historic township of Akaroa. Founded in 1840 by French settlers, Akaroa still bears a distinctive French colonial flavor. Your guide will lead you on a tour that weaves a fascinating tale of Akaroa's past and present, from French explorers to rugged whalers to British royalty. See the town's historic buildings and fascinating trail of artifacts. In the event of wet weather, the walk is shortened. In inclement weather, an indoor slide show "virtual walk" is substituted.
Set out on foot alongside a knowledgeable and friendly guide through Akaroa’s quaint streets, as you see notable landmarks and learn about the town’s history. Traverse the harbor-side village, admiring colonial architecture, visiting lush gardens, passing local art galleries, and relishing spectacular views from craggy volcanic hillsides. Learn about Akaroa’s history as a whaling port and listen along as your guide shares about the fascinating geology of the area, now located in an ancient volcano.
• Guided Walking Tour: Embark on a dynamic on-foot trek, as a knowledgeable guide brings to life what you are seeing.
• City Landmarks: See colonial architecture, visit local gardens, and admire stunning volcanic cliffs in the center of an ancient volcano.
• Akaora: Learn about the geology and history behind the former whaling port, once a British settlement before becoming French influenced.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Pregnant women and guests with back/neck problems should not select this tour.