Akaroa, which means Long harbour, is an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. We might have taken a little longer than that as we stopped in a couple of places.
A little stop at the picnic area on the way at Lake Ellesmere to admire the Swans glide gracefully on the lake…
the next stop was at Little River where a for a little dose of history awaits at the railway station now converted into a little craft store
with all the antique memorabilia on display…Lanterns,ticket collecting booth are a sure attraction for adults and children alike
There is also a cafe to get coffee or grab an ice-cream at the diary nearby.
This picturesque town is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll around , stopping by the Museum to get an understanding of the historical heritage of the erstwhile French ColonyThe French street names and the antique buildings bear witness to the bygone era A French bakery, Cooking school and loads of souvenir stores in the town centre are a sure giveaway for the French flavour that is still very much prevalent in the town.
Other than the idyllic old world charm of the town, a walk down the beachfront lounging and eating fish and chips while sitting on the pier, listening to the sound of the water and the sea gulls is extremely relaxing.Then a visit to the spectacular Giant’s House, another heritage house, is a must do. The Mosaic art and original art work vibrant and amazing, are truly a treat to the eyes, that need to be experienced first handThe drive to the lighthouse also offers magnificent views of the peninsula and the boats docked in the harbour.