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Akaroa: The French side of New Zealand

Akaroa New Zealand
Since we had the rental car for an additional day, we decided to head down around Bank’s peninsula and visit Akaroa.

Akaroa is where the French first settled in New Zealand. And, the town is known for feeling fantastically French. But, to me, it didn’t really.
Akaroa New Zealand

Don’t get me wrong. I loved it there. It’s a quaint sea-side village. It’s got a lovely pier, some fun activities, and great cafes. But is Akaroa French? Well, no. Not unless you count the few French flags we saw flying.

The drive down from Christchurch was about 1 ½ hours. There wasn’t a single spot on the way where I thought, “Wow…it’s not so pretty here.”

In fact the whole drive was filled with ooos and ahhhs about how amazingly gorgeous it is here in New Zealand.
Akaroa New Zealand

On the way into town there’s a cheese shop (Barry’s Bay Cheese). So we stopped in for a taste. And, of course, we walked away with a lovely hunk to enjoy later as well.
Akaroa New Zealand

We spent the afternoon walking the town. Jonathan even got his portrait painted.
Akaroa New ZealandAkaroa New Zealand

We walked along the beach, which is gorgeous. But, it was also a bit sad. We couldn’t take a step without breaking seashells. There are just so many lining the beach.
Akaroa New Zealand

Driving back, we saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. I can’t even put it into words for you. It was hard to tell where the ocean met the sky.
Akaroa New Zealand

In looking through our pictures, I want to post them all. So, go check out our album on Facebook. You’ll be glad you did.

2 thoughts on “Akaroa: The French side of New Zealand

  1. Adam

    Another option for posting more pictures…I found a plugin that lets you convert your wordpress galleries to Lightbox galleries…so that when you click on the thumbnails, they open in a lightbox. You can see it on one of the posts on

    Nice pics by the way. Not sure how this works, but another money making idea might be to open an account/become a contributor to one of the stock photography sites.

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