Akaroa & Little River

A dolphin jumping out of the water.

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.