Akaroa

We left Mount Cooke on March 16 for the four and a half hour drive to Akaroa which stands on Banks Peninsula about 80km from Christchurch. The peninsula was formed by two giant volcanic eruptions eight million years ago. Its full of lots of bays and the drive along what is known as the Summit Road is quite spectacular.

The area around Banks Peninsula is home to a rare species of dolphin, called Hector’s dolphin, found only around New Zealand and of course boat trips are available to spot these, penguins, whales and orcas.

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Ma cherie, one of many shops with a French name
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Waterfront watering hole at Akaroa

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Waterfront watering hole at Akaroa
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Akaroa Harbour with the cruise ship Dawn Princess docked under angry skies
St Patrick's Church
St Patrick’s Church on St Patrick’s Da
We missed Mass but did get to go inside
We missed Mass but did get a peek inside
And since it was Paddy's Day , it would have been rude not to try the Guiness
And since it was Paddy’s Day, it would have been rude not to try the Guiness
and a fish platter...
and a fish platter..
One of Akaroa's many nice restaurants
One of Akaroa’s many nice restaurants

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