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Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

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Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

We will arrive on Sea Princess Oct 13 (8-6pm).

Just read another thread but looking for current info.

Can we snorkel or spend time at a beach? If we decide to walk around the town, how long will it take?

Not sure we want to spend so much extra time in a bus to get to Christchurch... are we going to miss anything special if we don't go there? We're just looking to relax and get a feel for New Zealand.

Thanks in advance :)

Edited: 12 August 2012, 07:25
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11. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

Visit 'The Giant's House"

http://www.thegiantshouse.co.nz/

Short walk up hill from the waterfront. Allow a couple of hours at least. Worth a trip to Akaroa just for this one attraction. It's also a B&B, so you may wish to stay overnight, but simply looking around the gardens is a great way to spend an afternoon.

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12. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

It would be a bit too cold in October to hang out at the beach. I agree with the previous post and highly recommend the Giant's House. You should also stop into the visitor centre and get a local walking map as the town and surrounding hills are just magical. If you are still undecided, ask one of the friendly ambassadors on the wharf as you disembark. They are volunteer locals.

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13. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

I have a somewhat similar plan as the original poster, except my destination is Oamaru, not Dunedin. We have a 6- and 2-yr-old in tow, so the Blue Penguins are the draw. Can I do CHC to Akaroa, then Akaroa to Oamaru, make the penguin show at dusk, and see enough of akaroa in the process. Keep in mind the company...museums and tombstone walks don't go over well. I was simply hoping to have lunch in Akaroa, take some pics, window shop, etc. Akaroa seemed like a place I'd want to stay if it was just me and the wife. Am I wrong?

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14. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

Why not try the farm tour in Akaroa as I think that might be great fun for kids. It's lambing time and they might even be able to bottle feed one.

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15. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

We messaged the following info to the original poster a few days ago. Will put it up here as well in case it is of value to anyone else.

There are two businesses which are specifically licensed to operate transport out to farmstays. These are as follows

Akaroa Farm Tours

http://www.akaroafarmtours.com/

Which take you out to Paua Bay Farmstay

http://www.pauabayfarmstay.co.nz/index-2.html

Also there is Alpaca Farm tours

http://www.shamarra-alpacas.co.nz/farm-tours/

There are several other farmstays in the beautiful hills and bays around Akaroa. These are not licensed to carry paying passengers. However, they may be willing to provide private transport to and from their farms. You would need to contact these directly to see if they will help out. These are a few of them. There may be others.

http://www.kawateafarmstay.co.nz

http://www.coombefarm.co.nz/

http://www.onuku-heights.co.nz/

Hope all this helps you plan your wonderful cruise. These are quite small operations and so can only take a small number of passengers per day.

As you can understand, you would need to book early to confirm a seat. They may not last long.

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16. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

Now you've messed me up. Akaroa sounds like a must. We'd planned on doing our farm tour/stay in Kaikoura, but Akaroa sounds just as good if not better. The accommodations look nicer and more convenient. The only draw Kaikoura has for my family is the Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups. But it sounds like seals (maybe not pups) abound in Akaroa too. So...should I scrap Kaikoura and replace it with Akaroa? Your opinions are valued. Thx

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17. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

The Ohau Waterfall Walk and Seal Pups frolicking in the waterfall is certainly a unique sight. Currently, it is an unregulated experience. But with the upsurge of interest in the location in the past couple of years, it may not stay such for long.

Kaikoura is a good stopover if you need to be traveling through that region. It is a long way to go if it is your only reason for going there. Apart from the marine tours, there isn't a great deal to see. The coastline is interesting, but not really a comparison with the wild windswept ruggedness of the awesome West Coast seascapes.

Our personal preference would be for Akaroa. It has a fascinating diversity of landscapes, features, and attractions. Even in poor weather, you can get some incredible photos. The folk living on the outlying farms are very practical down-to-earth people. Well worth sharing their lives and conversation.

Re Seals, The pups are very cute and the adults certainly interesting if you haven't seen them up close before. They can be rather smelly though, and a little bit of up-close-and-personal with seals goes a long way. If you are traveling on the West Coast, you should see seals there as well. (eg. Cape Foulwind)

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18. Re: Akaroa - one day visit... suggested day trips?

To wephillips,

Not sure how you are traveling, but will add this just in case it is of any use.

There is a very nice (and low cost) camping grounds at Okains Bay which is about 15mins drive over the summit from Akaroa. It is wilderness style camping area among coastal pine trees with two amenities blocks (showers, toilets, communal kitchens).

Campground has a large children's playground with flying fox etc. It has no cabins. It is for tents. caravans, motorhomes only. It is a very child safe campsite with a wide shallow sandy beach. Walks to adjoining bays such as Little Okains bay. A local (small) grocery and takeaway shop nearby.

A very popular family campground for local Kiwis over the summer months.

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