Akaroa & Little River
Located just an hour and a half’s drive from Christchurch, Akaroa and Little River are the ideal spots for a day trip or an overnight stay. The coastal town of Akaroa has great food, charming accommodation, and stunning scenery, while Little River has delicious snacks and arts galore.
Home of the small, rare Hector dolphin and New Zealand’s only French settlement, the town of Akaroa imparts a refreshing and unique charm.
On the road to the Banks Peninsula, there’s a settlement worthy of exploring: Little River. With a renowned café, gallery, novel accommodation, and hidden adventures, Little River is far more than a stop en route to Akaroa.
01 Little River Café and Store
Main Road, Christchurch Akaroa Road, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City
This institutional café, specialising in homemade fare for all, is well worth a visit next time you're passing through Little River.
02 Barrys Bay Cheese
5807 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Duvauchelle
Barrys Bay Cheese has been creating delicious, memorable cheeses since 1895.
State Highway 75, 4243 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River
Looking for somewhere to stay in Little River? Built from tall, corrugated silos, these eco-friendly apartments are unmissable.
04 Peninsula General Store
40E Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Don’t be fooled by the vintage exterior of this cafe, deli and gourmet food store — inside you'll find the most modern of cuisine philosophies.
05 Little River Art Gallery
Christchurch Akaroa Road, Little River, Christchurch
The Little River Gallery showcases preeminent New Zealand talent across oil on canvas, bronze, cast glass and sculpture mediums.
06 Akaroa Butchery
67 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Home to award-winning ham and sausages, black pudding, condiments and sauces, spices, fresh bread and cheeses.