Founded by French settlers in 1840, the seaside town of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula has retained many of its historic buildings and remains a popular destination for visitors to Christchurch. Explore a selection from our collection of both historic and contemporary photographs of this holiday destination.
A day at Akaroa beach
"""... In our family photo albums there are many photos of various gatherings with the families of my parents' friends... In these family friends we found other kids of a similar age we could play...
Akaroa from above
View looking across towards the centre of Akaroa and across Childrens Bay and French Bay to Wainui on the other side of the bay.
Akaroa Head lighthouse
The Akaroa lighthouse and lighthouse keepers cottage on the promontory next to Looking Glass Bay.
Barry's Bay Cheese factory
Mr Riki Tainui packing weighted curd into hoops before it is tightly packed into blocks at Barry's Bay cheese factory in Akaroa.
Exterior of the Bosshard Gallery based in Rue Pompallier, Akaroa within a former powerhouse.
Emergency vehicle for Banks Peninsula
View of an emergency rescue vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, for Banks Peninsula which will be based in Akaroa and manned by the Akaroa Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Ōnuku church, Akaroa
Exterior of Ōnuku church in Akaroa with Māori wood carvings on the front arch. Cows are in the foreground with views of the Banks Peninsula behind.
Sunbathing on Akaroa beach
"""My mother at Akaroa beach - before the housing boom."" - Contributor's note"
View of Akaroa
View of Akaroa Harbour and township looking north from Lighthouse Road.
Bruce Hotel protest
Protesters outside the Bruce Hotel in Akaroa demonstrating to keep the Hotel open. The crowd are listening to the MP for Lyttelton, T.M. McGuigan.
3 photos of Akaroa village, Akaroa harbour, Water front, Dolphin Statue
3 photos of Akaroa village, Akaroa harbour, Water front, Dolphin Statue.
Akaroa Memorial, 1955
Akaroa Memorial, 1955
Cruise ship in Akaroa Harbour
A rare sight in 2005. Cruise ships in Akaroa became commonplace after the 2010/2011 earthquakes when Akaroa replaced Lyttelton as a destination port.