Escape with us to

Little France

Run away to historic Akaroa for a 1 or 2 day scenic trip
with complimentary Christchurch pick ups

Just 75 kilometres from the city, Akaroa aka “Little France” is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the scenic heart of an ancient volcano.

Things to do in Akaroa


(French for “taking it easy”)



We want to help you make the most of your time in Akaroa so we have made a list of things to do and places to visit so you can make the most of your time while your in Akaroa!

These are ideas off Please visit for more activity ideas, accommodation, and to see some of the amazing food places in Akaroa.

There are some activities that you can do on our day trip to Akaroa and some that you can do if you stay overnight. Please check the times. 



Image courtesy of Akaroa Dolphins

Things to do in Akaroa


(French for “ramping things up a a little”)

Watch penguins and other wildlife.

Swim with a pod of dolphins.

Cycle around Akaroa. Bike hire is available.

Hike in the surrounding hills.

Enjoy the view from the ocean by kayaking, sailing, jet boating or cruising on the harbour.

Our Shuttles

The best way to get away to Akaroa for a day or two.

Akaroa Shuttle services suspended from 31 March 2020 until further notice.

Journey with Akaroa Shuttle from Christchurch city travelling around and over the picturesque foothills of Banks Peninsula, to the historic French and British settlement of Akaroa. Elevated views of the city as well as bays, estuary and inlets are fantastic visual appetisers for the natural splendour of the Akaroa landscape.

Travel time is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

NZ Transport Agency - 5 Star Rating

Adult: $56 return, $36 one way

Child (under 18 years): $41 return, $31 one way
Bikes: $12

Akaroa Shuttle & Akaroa Dolphins - Harbour & Nature Experience

Adult: $148, Child: $86, 0-4 years: $20

Akaroa Shuttle & Pohatu Penguin Nature Experience

Adult: $142, Child: $88 (under 15 years)

Akaroa Shuttle Penguin Safari (evening tour)

Adult: $157, Child: $115, Infant $30

Every day, 25 October - 31 March

Christchurch -> Akaroa: Daily 8.30am 
Akaroa -> Christchurch: Daily 3.45pm


Complimentary Central City Pick-ups

Bealey Avenue (opposite All Stars Inn)
154 Bealey Avenue (north of Sports Med)
Novotel Hotel
Bus Interchange 

Departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside Canterbury Museum

Airport Pick-up (October - April only)

A pre-booked pick-up and drop-off at the Christchurch International Airport is available for $15 per person. The Commodore and Sudima Hotel pick-up and drop-off is $10 per person.

En-route Pick-up

The Akaroa Shuttle can also pick passengers up in Halswell, Tai Tapu and Little River.

Akaroa Departure Location

Akaroa Service departs from outside the Old Post Office, 80 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa.

Please report 10 minutes prior to your departure, the Shuttle departs promptly at the scheduled time.

Image courtesy of Akaroa Dolphins

Book your Akaroa Adventure Now

We can’t wait to help you plan your escape to Little France.

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For all other queries including quote requests email: or phone: 0800 500 929 anytime