Akaroa is a beatufil beachside town of spanish influence just outside Christchurch. There is excellent eating places and good coffee to be had here plus the chance to just unwind and relax with walks along the lake or up into the country side.
If you have the chance do the tourist scenic route that takes you up above Akaroa giving you great views of the bays along the coast.
We only stayed for one night and wish we would have stayed longer. Suggest going for dinner in town, getting a cottage and heading to the isolated beaches along the different bays and having a picnic.
Quiet and peaceful Bay, with many precious wildlife like douphin, seals and abatross. U can also swim with douphin!
Very pretty place with many activities and sightseeing areas to explore or sit back relax and just enjoy the views