Escape to Tranquility: A 5-Day Getaway at Akaroa Waterfront Motels
Day 1: Arrival and Harbour Excursion
As you make your way to Akaroa, we recommend a stop at the cheese factory in Barry's Bay. Savour the delectable flavours of locally produced cheeses, a true delight for any food lover and stock up for your stay. Once you arrive in Akaroa, your first stop could be the museum, where you can dive into the region's rich Maori and European heritage. Discover fascinating exhibits and artefacts that will transport you back in time.
Next, embark on a harbour cruise to fully appreciate the beauty of Akaroa. Drift along the sparkling waters, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and catch a glimpse of the area's diverse marine life, including our special Hector’s dolphins, the smallest and rarest marine dolphins in the world. As you soak in the serene atmosphere, let the sea breeze refresh your senses.
In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll back to the motel and check-in to your cosy accommodation. Enjoy the tranquil ambiance and savour the views of the harbour from your room. Take this time to unwind and prepare for the exciting days ahead.
Day 2: Scenic Mail Run and Wine Tasting
Start your morning with a scenic mail run, a unique way to explore the surrounding countryside. Board on the Rural Post Van for a ride through the valleys and coastline for a unique experience. A great opportunity to discover the Eastern bays off the beaten tracks and learn about the history and geography of the area from your knowledgeable guide Jeff. Revel in the stunning vistas and let the natural beauty of Banks Peninsula envelop you.
In the afternoon, stretch your legs and embark on a short walk that will take you through picturesque trails and captivating viewpoints. We recommend going for a duration of approximately 1.5 hours, this walk is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings and connect with nature.(However, there are options from 30 min to 7 hours, depending of your preference)
Return to your motel and treat yourself to a wine and cheese tasting experience on your balcony or courtyard. Indulge in a selection of locally produced wines paired with exquisite cheeses, allowing your taste buds to embark on a journey of flavours unique to the region.
Day 3: Exploring the Giant's House and Local Delights
Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of the Giant's House, a must-visit attraction in Akaroa. This enchanting sculpture and mosaic garden will transport you to a dreamlike realm filled with vibrant colours and imaginative artistry. Explore the terraced gardens and be captivated by the whimsy and creativity that abounds.
Afterward, indulge in some retail therapy and discover the local boutiques and artisan shops scattered throughout the town. Uncover unique treasures, from handmade crafts to locally sourced products, that will serve as cherished mementos of your time in Akaroa.
For a relaxed afternoon, head to the Akaroa Bowling Club next door to the motel. Engage in a friendly game of bowls and enjoy the camaraderie with fellow visitors and locals alike. Bask in the tranquil surroundings and embrace the leisurely pace of life in Akaroa.
Day 4: Heritage and Distilled Delights
On the fourth day, embark on The Seventh Generation tour, you will find yourself projected into the story of Akaroa, through the words of Marie, connector of narratives, ecologist and seventh generation French descendant. Her knowledge, passion and connection with the past, present and future will take you on an inspiring journey through the history and traditions of the Banks Peninsula.
Did you know that Akaroa has five of the most important historic sites in New Zealand? Explore historical sites and gain insight into the fascinating stories that shaped Akaroa's identity. Immerse yourself in the local culture and connect with the heritage that permeates every corner of this charming town.
To further tantalise your senses, take part in a gin tasting experience in the afternoon at the recently opened Akaroa Craft Distillery, only minutes walk from the motel. Delve into the world of craft gin production and sample a selection of handcrafted spirits infused with unique locally grown botanicals, in a cozy atmosphere. Savour the intricate flavours and aromas while learning about the art of gin distillation from passionate experts.
Day 5: A Culinary Adventure
Before bidding farewell to Akaroa, treat yourself to a class at the Akaroa Cooking School. Learn from skilled owners Ant and Lou and discover the secrets of preparing delectable dishes using local ingredients. From fresh seafood to farm-fresh produce, you'll gain insights into the culinary treasures that make Akaroa a gastronomic haven. They offer many different cooking classes, promising a fun time learning the techniques to prepare your favourite dishes. A long lunch at the dining table will then be served savouring every dish from the class with matching NZ wines.
As your 5-day journey comes to an end, reflect on the moments of tranquillity, exploration, and indulgence you've experienced in Akaroa. The memories created during your stay at the Akaroa Waterfront Motels will linger in your heart, serving as a reminder of the beauty that awaits in this idyllic corner of New Zealand.
Pack your bags and embark on an adventure that combines natural splendour, cultural heritage, and culinary delights. Akaroa beckons you to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. Discover the harmony of nature, the warmth of the community, and the serenity that awaits in this hidden gem on the Banks Peninsula. Book your stay at Akaroa Waterfront Motels now and immerse yourself in the beauty of Akaroa today.