Top Choice Gardens in Akaroa

Giant’s House

An ongoing labour of love by local artist Josie Martin, this playful and whimsical combination of sculpture and mosaics cascades down a hillside garden above Akaroa. Echoes of Gaudí and Miró can be found in the intr…
Top Choice Museum in Akaroa

Akaroa Museum

An arduous postquake revamp has rewarded Akaroa with one of the smartest regional museums in the land. Learn about the various phases of the peninsula's settlement and its fascinating natural and industrial history,…
Museum in Banks Peninsula

Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum

Northeast of Akaroa, this museum has a respectable array of European pioneer artefacts, but it is the nationally significant Māori collection, featuring a replica wharenui (meeting house), waka (canoes), stone tools…
Church in Akaroa

St Patrick's Catholic Church

Akaroa's Catholic church (1863) is a cute, frilly-edged old dear, featuring richly coloured stained glass imported from Stuttgart.
Forest in Banks Peninsula

Hinewai Reserve

Get a glimpse of what the peninsula once looked like in this privately owned 1050-hectare nature reserve which has been replanted with native forest. Pick up a map outlining the walking tracks at the visitor centre.
Church in Akaroa

St Peter's Anglican Church

Graciously restored in 2015, this 1864 Anglican gem features extensive exposed timbers, stained glass and an historic organ, and it has a few stories to tell. Well worth a look whether you're godly or not.
Memorial in Akaroa

War Memorial

Unveiled in 1923 with an elaborate free-standing cupola, spire and flying buttresses, the Akaroa War Memorial is a grand tribute to locals who gave their lives fighting in conflicts around the globe.
Cemetery in Akaroa

Old French Cemetery

The first consecrated burial ground in Canterbury, this hillside cemetery makes for a poignant wander. Follow the trail off Rue Brittan.
Historic Building in Akaroa

Customs House

Erected in 1858 near Daly's Wharf, this diminutive historic building helped to control the smuggling of alcohol into the town.