Akaroa

Akaroa

Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano just 83 kilometres from the city of Christchurch. With its colonial architecture, craft stores, and cafés, there is much to explore on foot. Otherwise, there are a variety of cruises on the beautiful Akaroa harbour, including dolphin tours to view the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s Dolphin.

Christchurch

Christchurch is bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, and is situated on the edge of the Canterbury plains stretching to the Southern Alps. It is centred in an area of great geographical contrast. Much of the city’s area has been set aside for parks, natural reserves and recreation grounds. A short distance from Christchurch you’ll discover a variety of experiences. From lush vineyards, sky piercing mountains to wild coastllines – Christchurch & Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrast.


Berth

Arrival Berth
Main Wharf, Akaroa
Floating pontoons on north and south of Main Wharf.

ANCHORAGE (2 OPTIONS)
Max LOA: 350.0 metres

Max Draft: 10.3 metres

Channel Depth: 41.0 feet (12.5 metres)

Tidal Range: 4.3 feet (1.3 metres)

Tender Distance:
Inner anchorages – 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Outer anchorages – 1.4 miles (2.3 km)

All vessels over 8 metres in draft have to anchor outside the 10.0 Metre Contour.
A minimum under keel clearance of 1.6 metres is required.
Harbour Master will instruct on the day the anchorage position.

For vessel under 9.0 metre drafts:

Anchorage i)
GREEN POINT LIGHT
Latitude = 43⁰ 48′.91S
Longitude = 172⁰ 56′.8E
BRG 069 (T) X 1.1 NM.

Anchorage ii)
GREEN POINT LIGHT
Latitude = 43⁰ 48′.91S
Longitude = 172⁰ 56′.8E
BRG :041 (T) X 1.2 NM

Please note that this is a guidance and all navigational data must be verified through relevant Port Agents, Harbour Masters or ports.

Distance to the city
Akaroa Main Wharf is situated on the south side of Akaroa township and is within metres of shops and cafes. Most of the bays are 30 mins drive away.

Christchurch city is 1.5 hours drive away.


Transport

AKAROA

Akaroa township is small and everything is within walking distance.

Shuttle Service
Akaroa Shuttle (Red Bus) & French Connection (Cityline) buses to Christchurch leave from the Main Wharf at 9.30am & 10.30am. It costs NZD$45 return per adult.

Contact the Akaroa i-Site – Akaroa Adventure Centre for details and bookings AkaroaAdventureCentre@gmail.com +64 3 304 7784
Or go direct to the Akaroa.com Cruise booking page: HERE

Taxi Service
No taxis are available from Akaroa main wharf but there are many tours and transport options.
These can be found on Akaroa.com cruise transport page: HERE

CHRISTCHURCH

Bus Service: Akaroa Shuttle (Red Bus) & French Connection (Cityline) buses to Christchurch leave from the Main Wharf at 9.30am & 10.30am. It costs NZD$45 return per adult.

Taxi Service
No taxis are available from Akaroa main wharf but there are many tours and transport options.
These can be found on Akaroa.com cruise transport page: HERE


Useful info

AKAROA

ATM machines/ Currency Exchange
Bank of New Zealand is in the centre of Akaroa and is now open 10am-3pm daily.

Shopping Hours
Varies, but most are open from 9am to 5.30pm.

Nearest Internet Café

Within walking distance from the wharf.

Wifi is available in various places throughout the township.

Post Office
The post office is situated inside the Akaroa i-Site – Akaroa Adventure Centre.
Opens daily from 9am to 5pm.

Climate
Summer: High of 72F (30ºC) low of 61F (16ºC)
Winter: High of 55F (13ºC) low of 36F (2ºC)

Maps
Download the Akaroa.com Brochure which includes maps of the village.

CHRISTCHURCH

ATM machines/ Banks ATM machines can be found all over the city centre.

Shopping Hours
Mondays to Wednesdays: 9am to 5:30pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 9am to 9pm
Weekends: 10am to 5pm.

Nearest Supermarket

Nearest Internet Café

Post Office

Climate
Summer: High of 72F (22°C), low of 45F (7°C)
Winter: High of 54F (12°C), low of 37F (3°C)
Average rainfall of 635 mm and average sunshine of 2035 hours

 


Attractions

AKAROA

Visitor Information
Akaroa i-Site – Akaroa Adventure Centre +64 3 304 7784.
Open 7 days from 9am to 5pm.
Visit www.akaroa.com for more information.

What is Akaroa known for?
Akaroa is known for its beautiful bays and harbour; French, English and Maori history; and the world’s smallest Hector’s Dolphins. Akaroa is rich in arts and crafts, boutique shopping and a laid back lifestyle with many cafes and restaurants.

Attractions & Activities

For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.christchurchnz.com and www.akaroa.com.

CHRISTCHURCH

Visitor Information
Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre, 28 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013 (The Arts Centre)

Open 7 days from 8:30am – 7:00pm
+64 3 379 9629, www.christchurchnz.com

What is Christchurch known for?
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and is fondly referred to as being The Garden City complete with strong heritage, alps to ocean vistas, a vast range of world-class attractions & activities, wineries, and many nearby beaches & bays.

Attractions & Activities

For more information on visitor attractions, visit Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.


Member Contacts

Black Cat Cruises
Contact: Paul Milligan, Managing Director

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
Contact: Caroline Blanchfield, Business Development Manager

Hasslefree Tours
Contact: Mark Gilbert, Managing Director

Red Bus Ltd
Contact: Nicky Halligan, Marketing Coordinator