If you’re looking for a day trip destination within a stone’s throw from Christchurch, New Zealand might we suggest Akaroa?
Located merely less than a two-hour drive from the aforementioned Christchurch is Akaroa — a tiny albeit charming town filled with historic French and British colonial influences located on the Banks Peninsula.
Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula
In this town, there’s not much to do — and that’s a good thing for you may take your time to wander its peaceful and idle streets to get intimate with the local Kiwi culture.
Along with that, learning about the diverse history of the iconic pacific islands as well as sampling some of New Zealand’s finest coffees and pies are on the menu here. After a short afternoon jaunt in Akaroa, you’ll definitely be more well-attuned with the town and its locals.
But if you’re still feeling a tad adventurous, there are activities well suited to get your heart pumping. One of which is to explore the Flea Bay on a four-wheel drive tour to observe the region’s largest penguin colony. The massive horde of adorable, waddling penguins is sure to make any animal lover giddy with excitement. Bring on the awws and oohs!
Alternatively, you might also want to consider taking a leisurely cruise off the harbour town to enjoy the scenery, along with catching a glimpse of the native marine wildlife and birdlife.
Pssst, here’s a secret. If you’re really, really lucky, the cruise might even give you the chance to spot the elusive Hector’s dolphins!