Where Can You Stay? Where Do You Eat And Is It Expensive?
Akaroa is absolutely well worth a visit and a must stay if you've the time.
One of the indulgent pleasures of the place is the pace of life. It's pretty cruisey as we say here in Kiwiland, in other words, it's very relaxed.
I call it the 'stroll', the slow easy work from one end of the town to the other. Here you'll find boutique shops and cafes, just as there's very well stocked local supermarket.
Dining options are all very good. From my mate Murphy's fresh fish and chips and more, on the main wharf, to Bully Hayes, Mandala, La Hotel, Ma Maison, The Brasserie Kitchen and wine bar, the Little Bistro, to good pub grub. You’ll not be disappointed. There're others too. Prices vary though seem reasonable for what is essentially a tourist town.
There's a wonderfully safe and popular bathing beach which occupies much of the small bay, plus launch cruises, as already mentioned, catering to all needs, walking tracks and a large recreation ground. The Giant's House is a great sideshow, as is the museum and the local markets. Just ask a local.
Having stayed in a number of different places in Akaroa over many, many years and all of them clean and comfortable, it's fair to say there's an excellent range at very competitive prices. In my experience and in no particular order, the Waterfront Motels, Bruce Apartments and Tresori are well placed, though there are other options. From the Top Ten holiday Park, to the more exclusive and boutique venues such as Beaufort House and Blythcliffe and the local pubs, the Grand and the Madeira.
Akaroa, or the 'Village', as some still call it, has another wee surprise. The Akaroa Craft Gin Distillery and right on the main street. Next to the well-stocked fuel and service center and in a cute and very French Akaroa style building is where it sits with its myriad of secrets.Check the operating hours online and make sure you tell the tasting manager Ange, 'Dunney sent you'.