Top 5 things to do in Akaroa New Zealand
- The Giants House – The giant’s house was originally known as Linton is a unique part of Akaroa’s history. The house was built in 1880 for the first bank manager or Akaroa. The house is nestled away in a secluded valley and is built out of native timbers. It is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics that are full of colour and excitements. You will find many hidden surprises in the gardens of the giant’s house.
- Tranz Alpine Railway – One of the world’s most scenic railways the Tranz Alpine travels through 19 tunnels and across 4 bridges showcasing open plains lush beech forest, rugged river valleys and towering the Southern Alps. A popular destination along the Tranz Alpine railway is Arthurs Pass which a national park that is the highest pass over the Southern Alps.
- The International Antarctic Centre – An interactive Antarctic experience that will unfold before you as you pass through the amazing exhibits and enclosures. They have a polar room that is chilled to -5oc and an indoor storm with authentic blizzard conditions. They have many interactive experiences and a 4D audiovisual ride and a penguin encounter.
- Waimakariri River – This River flows in a southeastward direction rushing through a narrow canyon called the Waimakariri Gorge. It then slows down gently passing through the Canterbury Plains on its journey to the Pacific Ocean. It’s a beautiful place to go and visit and take some pictures. If you are feeling a little more adventurous then there are some water activities to be done in the river throughout the gorge area.
- Hector’s dolphins – One of the world’s smallest marine dolphins are only found in New Zealand. The Hector’s dolphins are grown no more than 1.5m in length. The dolphins were named after Sir James Hector who was the first to examine the specimen found of the dolphin. The Dolphins have become more and more rare as they are often getting caught up in the fishermen’s nets and getting injured or often killed. The New Zealand government have put measures in places to try and protect the Dolphins by restricting fishing in the areas where they are known to breed and have people monitoring for the dolphins and which waters they are. This means that there are more and more tours available to go and see them as we are more aware of where they are.