If you plan to stay in Christchurch for at least a couple of days, it’s highly recommended that you take the 1 hour and 20 minute drive to experience the alluring French character of the little town called Akaroa.
Situated on the south-eastern side of the deep, sheltered Akaroa Harbour, the township of Akaroa features colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores and cafes.
Once you arrive in Akaroa via bus, hire car, campervan or motorhome, there is plenty to do. You can take 4WD trips to Flea Bay which is home to the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Alternatively you can indulge in some sea kayaking amongst spectacular surroundings or even take a harbour nature cruise. There are also cycle tours and a wonderful range of walking tracks. There are plenty of other things to do in Akaroa as well.