Akaroa is located on the eastern coast of New Zealand and is known across the country as the most French town in New Zealand. It unique heritage makes it one of the most distinctive places on the island.
If you choose to book one of Akaroa Tours with Back to Nature Tours, you will get the chance to hear the story of Lieutenant James Cook and his voyages, as well as the first French settlers who arrived to this area back in 1840. Even today, the buildings and monuments built by the first people who occupied this area can be seen in the village. Our Akaroa tour includes a stroll down the streets so you can take a sneak peek behind every corner, visit the oldest house in this region – Langlois Eteveneaux, as well as the first Catholic church set up in the nation. The streets are packed with lovely boutique shops and local businesses, where you can mingle with the locals and learn about the region’s stress-free way of life. At the end of the tour, you can take a break in one of the restaurants located at the waterfront and taste local dishes while gazing into the bay. As a bonus, we can take you to see leafy vineyards, try local wine, and enjoy picturesque views of the area.
Akaroa Day Tour: Explore the Countryside
The entire Banks Peninsula is an attractive tourist destination due to its volcanic features. The craters and slopes are now completely covered in fields and forests, and Back to Nature guarantees that there is a bit of something for every type of tourist. If you booked one of our Akaroa tours to explore the area slowly on foot, we can take you hiking to some of the easier-to-reach mountain tops where you spread your blanket, sit on the rich green ground and enjoy the view. On the other hand, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, Akaroa offers many activities including paragliding, kayaking and jet skiing on the sea, as well as horse trekking and four-wheel farm bike riding – once the day ends, you will surely feel like you had an authentic Akaroa experience.
Back to Nature Tours has been operating for more than 20 years. No one knows the area better than us, so if you can’t wait to get to know Akaroa, contact us at any time to book one of our Akaroa shore excursions.
The Best Time to Go on One of Our Akaroa Tours
The weather in Akaroa varies based on the time of year. During winter months, it can feel somewhat cold, with temperatures being the lowest from June to August. The rest of the year, the weather is quite pleasant with a low chance of rain or snow, which is why Akaroa is a popular destination almost all year round. Here at Back to Nature Tours, we advise tourists to arrive anytime between the beginning of December and mid-March if they prefer to take nature walks when the sun is high up in the sky and the weather is ideally warm. However, the rest of the years is also quite pleasant, especially if you wish to experience the life of the locals.
Due to the rich history and favourable position the village has on the island, Back to Nature Tours has created several Akaroa day tours and shore excursions. Our goal is to tell you about the history of the place, as well as show you what the surrounding nature has to offer. Together we can take a stroll down the eastern coastline and explore wildlife outside the borders of the village.
Browse through our Akaroa shore excursions below and book a tour!