Top Choice Gardens in Akaroa

Giant’s House

An ongoing labour of love by local artist Josie Martin, this whimsical garden is really one giant artwork, a combination of sculpture and mosaics that cascades down a hillside above Akaroa. Echoes of Gaudí and Miró …
Top Choice Museum in Akaroa

Akaroa Museum

An arduous post-quake revamp has rewarded Akaroa with a smart, contemporary regional museum. Learn about the various phases of the peninsula's settlement, from the Māori to the French, and view interesting temporary…
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…
Forest in Banks Peninsula

Hinewai Reserve

Get a glimpse of what the peninsula once looked like with a stroll through this privately owned 1250-hectare nature reserve, which has been replanted with native forest. Pick up a map outlining the walking tracks at…
Memorial in Akaroa

War Memorial

Unveiled in 1923, the elaborate cupola, spire and flying buttresses of the Akaroa War Memorial are a grand tribute to locals who gave their lives fighting in conflicts around the globe.
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. Well worth a peek whether you're godly or not.
Cemetery in Akaroa

Old French Cemetery

The first consecrated burial ground in Canterbury, this hillside monument makes for a poignant wander. Follow the trail (up the hill) off Rue Brittan.
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.
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.