The road to Akaroa is a bit twisty, and yet for your effort you are rewarded with views, great restaurants, penguins, art, and more.
Created by volcanic explosion and settled by French pioneers, Akaroa is a small village constrained by steep hills and water.
We stayed at the Akaroa Criterion Hotel–great location and management. It is an easy walk along the waterfront to restaurants and shops. It is also next door to Sweet As Cafe.
Entertainment, war memorials, and a great store for buying merino wool sweaters and other possum items at Woolworx.
This beautiful spot is in my top three places in New Zealand. Go already!