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NZ's first French settlement

New Zealand. Akaroa.

Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula was NZ’s first French settlement, with the first settlers turning up in 1840. Their descendants still live here in this little town (pop 650) that is proud of its French origins and has French street names and French restaurants.

Apart from the Frenchness, visitors turn up for kayaking with wildlifeAkaroa Adventure Centre – and the Akaroa Harbour Nature CruiseBlack Cat Cruises – both of which can feature Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals and lots of seabirds.

Akaroa is 82km from Christchurch by car and well worth the effort.

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Akaroa i-SITE Visitor Information Centre – 61 Beach Road


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Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Anne and David