French Akaroa Day Experience

When you think of the connection between France and New Zealand, nowhere says it more than beautiful Akaroa. Your French Akaroa experience will immerse you in the History and beauty of Akaroa, you’ll meet French Kiwi’s living in the region and bringing French cuisine to NZ, along with sampling terrific French style wine and cheese.



Pick up in Christchurch by your French driver guide (English speaking) Drive to Akaroa (1hr40 – 90km) via scenic drive.

In the 1830s approximately 60 French whaling ships were making regular journeys between France and New Zealand for the profitable whaling trade. To further solidify the access to whaling in the South Island, French whaler Langlois and his friend Le Lievre felt that Akaroa would make an excellent French base, and began forming plans to colonise Banks Peninsula for France, an idea that didn't quite go to plan.

French Connection

Once arrived in Akaroa. Visit Akaroa Museum. The Akaroa Museum collections are focused primarily on the human history of the Banks Peninsula area. The collections are extremely varied, including taonga Maori, artefacts from the first French, German and English settlers, objects associated with the whaling industry and a large costume collection.

Visit the cemetery

When Bishop Pompallier, a Frenchman, visited his compatriots in Akaroa before the end of 1840, he consecrated this ground as a cemetery. It is thought that over the next few decades some 80 people were buried in the cemetery.


Group will enjoy French crepes for lunch. One savoury and one sweet. This business is run by a French Lady named Elise. Then visit French Peak Winery and wine tasting. The group will also have the opportunity to taste some cheese from Barrys Bay Cheese and buy some cheese at the store after the wine tasting.


Au revoir! Drive back to Christchurch




  • Return transport from Christchurch, French driver/guide, Lunch, Sightseeing & Activites

Travel dates:
1 Nov 2020 - 31 Mar 2021

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