Akaroa and the Bays

POS 43:48.485S 172:57.540E

 

Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa is Maori for Long Harbour. The village is snuggled into a wide bay on the eastern side of the rugged harbour with Onuku Marae a little further south. The permanent population of around 700 in this historic village swells significantly over summer. Akaroa is the main service centre for the inner harbour and the outer bays of Banks Peninsula.