FRENCH BAY

HOUSE

113 Rue Jolie

Akaroa 7520

South Island

New Zealand

 

info@frenchbayhouse.co.nz

00 64 27 339 0944   Jacqui

00 64 27 339 0943   Tim

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LOCAL  ACTIVITIES

Hectors dolphins live in Akaroa Harbour and are well worth viewing. You can book a trip to see them when you stay at French Bay House boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand. BnB. B and B. B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

Harbour Cruise

Enjoy a two-hour harbour cruise to view or swim with the world's smallest and rarest marine dolphin, the Hector's dolphin. During the trip you will also visit a New Zealand fur seal colony and explore some caves and natural blowholes with an accompanying commentary on the history of the Banks Peninsula and all the wildlife you see. We would be more than happy to book a trip for you with one of the tour operators.

There are many hikes you can do on the Banks Peninsula such as the Banks Peninsula Track. Stay at French Bay House boutique bed and breakfast accommodation whilst planning your hikes around Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand. BnB. B and B. B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

Hiking

From short one-hour walks to the three-day Banks Peninsula Trek, there is something for everyone in this spectacular crater rim. For all the walks to do in and around Akaroa, see the detailed map here!

Maori Heritage

There is a beautiful Marae in Onuku which is just a short drive out of Akaroa. You are not allowed to enter the Marae unless invited by someone, but it is worth visiting just to admire the beautiful carvings. There is a small church next to it looking over the bay which you can enter freely. 

Take a class at the Akaroa Cooking School when you stay at French Bay House boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in Akaroa, Bank Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand. BnB, B and B.B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

Akaroa Cooking School

Join one of the many classes offered at the Akaroa Cooking School, named in the Lonely Planet guide as one of the top 10 places to learn to cook local cuisine in the world! In a relaxed and fun environment, watch and then savour every dish from the class with matching NZ wines. All participants need to bring are their culinary interest and a good appetite.

Come and visit the penguins that live in Flea Bay when you stay a French Bay House in Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand.BnB. B and B. B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

Penguins

There is an award-winning penguin nature reserve in Flea Bay. To visit these beautiful birds in their natural habitat you can take a tour with Pohatu Penguins

The Giants House is definitely worth a visit when staying at French Bay House boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand.BnB. B and B. B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

The Giants House

The Giant's House is just a ten minute walk from French Bay house and is well worth a visit. It's garden has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the New Zealand Gardens Trust as a garden of national significance. Meander through the breathtaking garden and admire the decades of work in creating the gigantic mosaic sculptures. A photographer's paradise, this is a work of art not to be missed!

Wine Tasting

There are some award-winning vineyards in Akaroa that are well worth a visit. You can do some wine tasting whilst admiring the view and then purchase some bottles to take home with you. French Peak Winery and Meniscus are both notable, along with Akaroa Winery. 

Restaurants and Bars

There are many great restaurants to choose from in Akaroa, our favourites being Rona's and Ma Maison. There is also a fantastic bar on the harbour wall called Harbar which is perfectly positioned to watch the sun set. 

A trip to New Zealand is not a trip unless you have had a ride in a jet boat. Come for a trip around Akaroa Harbour when you are staying in French Bay House boutique bed and breakfast accommodation in Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand.BnB. B and B. B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

Jet Boating

A ride on a jet boat is a must when you are travelling in New Zealand and we have our very own jet boating company here in Akaroa. Critter will take you on a hair raising trip around the harbour with spins and turns you will find hard to forget. Definitely wear some wet weather gear!

ALSO DON'T FORGET :

 

  • Sea-Kayaking

  • Sailing Tours

  • Paddle Boats

  • Fishing Charters

  • Wining & Dining

  • Shopping

  • Museum Trail

  • Art Galleries

  • Wine Tours

  • Barry's Bay Cheese Factory 

  • Vintage Car Rides

  • Golf Links & Mini Golf

  • Sailing

A map of Akaroa to help you get around when you stay at French Bay House boutique bed and breakfast accomodation in Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand.BnB. B and B. B&B. Bed&Breakfast. Bed & Breakfast

Click on the map for a downloadable pdf map

with all activities listed