Travel Blogs from Akaroa, New Zealand

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Akaroa, South Island, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Akaroa, South Island

A travel blog entry by carolandthomas

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... soaked and nearly blown overboard just to avoid the spewy people. It wisnae nice like! Sorry there aren't really any photos of Akaroa, I forgot to get them put on to CD when having them developed, oops! After Akaraoa it was on to Sumner Beach to ...

Swimming with the smallest and rarest dolphins, Okains Bay, New Zealand travel blog

Swimming with the smallest and rarest dolphins

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... . It was a crazy hour or so in the water which just went so very very quickly. It had been another truly magical day in New Zealand and this to be fair had been one of our highlights. Indeed it had been so good that the skipper suggested this had been the ...

The french get everywhere, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

The french get everywhere

A travel blog entry by tonyandsarah

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... NZ. The landed in 1840, however only days before the french arrived, the brits got wind of it and raised the flag at Akaroa claiming british sovereignty. This could have meant that the south island of NZ could have been french speaking if the french had ...

Buenos Dias - Two teas love - Merci, Okains Bay, New Zealand travel blog

Buenos Dias - Two teas love - Merci

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... for our own good. The last few days have been immense though and we thought it would be good to give people an idea why New Zealand is such a special country. By 2pm we had grown so hungry as luxurious French meals were served all around us that we could ...

From Scotland to France, by way of England, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

From Scotland to France, by way of England

A travel blog entry by dazzla

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... Gloucester St and Madras St, with the Avon River gently snaking through town. It seems that after the wettest February for years New Zealand is experiencing an Indian summer. Today was beautiful but I couldn't really be arsed to do anything. I think ...

Akaroa...On The Road Again, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Akaroa...On The Road Again

A travel blog entry by aknztrip

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... a spectacular light. The landscape rippled into a dusky tableau. A beautiful sight on our first evening in the hills of New Zealand. _____ Around 6 A.M. we were awoken by an earthquake. Apparently it rated 5.1 on the Richter scale. It was short lived but ...

Last few days on the South Island, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Last few days on the South Island

A travel blog entry by rich

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... and pinching people's chips at will! Afterwards, I just relaxed and read the gossip magazines that seem to be obligatory in New Zealand's hostels, before calling it a night just after midnight... My final day in Akaroa was a much more relaxing affair, ...

New Zealand - Canterbury region, Kaikoura, Akaroa etc, New Zealand travel blog

New Zealand - Canterbury region

A travel blog entry by gonetilwhenever

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... to before we left the Region. The first of these attractions that we visited was the town of Akaroa (touted as the French Riviera of New Zealand), 1.5 hours from Christchurch. The main reason for visitors to make the journey out to this small coastal ...

Being a tourist, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Being a tourist

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... along with the waves lapping at our feet. Lizzy runs riot on the beach while Ben and Jazz take pictures. After here we head to Akaroa which is beautiful. There is a lovely pier, lots of boats and plenty of coffee shops so we stop off for lunch, take lots ...

Screams in Okains, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Screams in Okains

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... cautiously as I didn't want unnecessary negative thoughts to ruin the trek. I'd being doing well with the heights thing so far in New Zealand and wanted to move forwards, not backwards. As I got to the other side, the feelings subsided and I carried on ...

Baptism by dolphin, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Baptism by dolphin

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... a stagecoach or bus for the last 30-minute drive up the volcano's lip, before braking down to the postcard villages of Duvachelle and Akaroa. When we descend, it is as if God himself shows us the way to the dolphins, light stabbing through the clouds to ...

Finally doing what we are best at - nothing!!!, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Finally doing what we are best at - nothing!!!

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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... which is supposed to be exceptionally beautiful. For now though, we have started travelling around and seeing the sights. After 2 weeks in New Zealand we still had not sighted a single sheep or a mountain! We headed south of Christchurch and as soon as ...

First NZ sheep experience, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

First NZ sheep experience

A travel blog entry by orizarska

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Real small town Akaroa. What happened so far? I rented a car. I scratched the car parking 30 minutes later. I drove to Akaroa with no further accidents. Akaroa, a proud French stronghold in NZ is a lovely town(y) of few thousand. Great views over the ...

Dolphins and Moonlit Skies, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Dolphins and Moonlit Skies

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... it slowly opened out fully on its own - marvellous. A quick roll up and clipping of the back window curtain and there it was - Akaroa harbour just after sunrise. What a sight to wake up to. We just lay there half asleep staring at the harbour with the ...

Round the Mountain, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Round the Mountain

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... One, two, three-and-a she'll be coming, round the mountain...' This morning was quite the opposite - not a cloud or a breeze. Akaroa looked as breathtaking as it did in the summer. Splendid. In an attempt to make the most of the weather I ...

When the Wind Blows, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

When the Wind Blows

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... four pictures in there too as the article's quite lengthy. Classic - I'm currently in a magazine sitting on shelves all over New Zealand! (This is the image from the Dive NZ website article!) Today I drove to Akaroa; I couldn't take it ...

Steak and Cheese Pies. They're the future!!!, Okains Bay, New Zealand travel blog

Steak and Cheese Pies. They're the future!!!

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... had been scuppered we decided to head straight to where we had earmarked to be our second to last port of call in New Zealand, Akaroa and the Banks Peninsula South East of Christchurch.  We stopped along the way to get a few provisions from the last ...

Cheeky, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Cheeky

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... So for now, we're in high spirits and in the perfect place to begin our road trip camping adventure; Akaroa - the site of the first French settlement in New Zealand, right in the heart of the Banks Peninsula. It was formed originally by two huge volcanic ...

Banks Penninsula, Akoroa, New Zealand travel blog

Banks Penninsula

A travel blog entry by supertrampz

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... was a hill which had great views out to sea and back over the Canterbury plain. Stayed the night in the only part of New Zealand that was initially colonised by the French. A poor choice for Guy Fawkes Night as the Frenchies had no interest in ...

French Connection II, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

French Connection II

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... my latest obsession), we daytrip to Akaroa in hopes of getting Emma in the water with a dolphin. Akaroa represents the last holdout of French culture in New Zealand. Jean-Francois Marie de Surville claimed the area in 1769. A month later, he and James ...

Doctors and Extensions, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Doctors and Extensions

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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Well we're back in Akaroa having checked in to 'Top 10' (pitch 24 of course) for Sinead's last night in New Zealand. Maybe! Shortly after dinner in Okains Bay last night her foot started to get a lot worse. More pain, more throbbing - not good. This ...

In search of English and French history, Christchurch/Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

In search of English and French history

A travel blog entry by vicki

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... to while away a bit of time anyway!!! For a couple of days, Isabelle and I went over to Akaroa, which was the french settlement in New Zealand - if they'd been just a couple of months earlier, they would all be speaking francais! But instead the ...

Akaroa - so nice I went twice, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Akaroa - so nice I went twice

A travel blog entry by hils

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... . We went for a walk into town to pick up some leaflets from the Information Centre and then we headed out to Akaroa, a small french influenced town about 80km from Christchurch. It was a lovely drive out over the Canterbury Plains before we headed up ...

A Rugby Ball with Fins! - Really, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

A Rugby Ball with Fins! - Really

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... the hills of Akaroa the night before we awoke to greeted by the beautiful, but slightly onion-ee with a whiff of garlic, vista. Akaroa was originally found by the French, but after one too many vino's the English (bitter enemies at the time, best friends ...

For the Birds, Pigeon Bay, New Zealand travel blog

For the Birds

A travel blog entry by thelees

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Everyone talks about Akaroa but the rest of the Banks Peninsula is a haven of less explored gems. Our favourite has to be Pigeon Bay. The locals were welcoming and are not yet jaded by tourists because they don't seem to get that many. Might have ...

Picture Perfect, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Picture Perfect

A travel blog entry by thelees

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... . We figured we'd make a quick U-turn, head into town and return later for a late supper. Like most small towns, one of Akaroa's touristy attractions is a tiny, old-school cinema with just two screens, except that night one was out of order. So we "chose" ...

Sailing and Living, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Sailing and Living

A travel blog entry by melanietravels

... the world to feel and live the Akaroa vibe. For the most part, I am sick of backpacker questions: ‘how long are you in New Zealand for? How long have you been here so far? What are your plans afterwards? Blah blah blah. I still like the ‘where ...

Fan Belts and Potatoes, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Fan Belts and Potatoes

A travel blog entry by fatsomoo

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14/1/12 Getting the fan belt is harder than you may think as it would seem that the West coast of South New Zealand is just as remote as spots in Mongolia, especially as far as infrastructure is concerned. There were complex plans involving buses and ...

Our last days on South Island, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Our last days on South Island

A travel blog entry by andyestherblog

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This was a great place to stay for our last couple of days - out on the Banks Peninsula, on a 1,000 acre sheep farm with 2,000 sheep.  We stayed in a stargazer, a hut with a glass roof so you could look at the stars, whilst lying in bed - Andy ...

Akaroa, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Akaroa

A travel blog entry by rodandshannon

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... Pops that were mentioned in our previous entry. So, to start off this entry, a photo speaks for itself. Now onto Akaroa - a settlement originally founded by the French in the early 1800s, but the Brits had already taken over the area when the French ...

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