Planning a Trip
From Christchurch, follow State Highway 75 to Akaroa, passing through Halswell Village and Little River, up over the hills and down around Akaroa Harbour. Two shuttle companies operate regularly from Christchurch. French Connection (tel. 0800/800-575 in NZ, or 03/366-4556; www.akaroafrenchconnection.co.nz) has daily departures from Christchurch Visitor Centre and a complimentary pickup service from Inner City accommodations. The Akaroa Shuttle (tel. 0800/500-929; www.akaroashuttle.co.nz) charges NZ$30 (US$22/£11) per person round-trip for the direct shuttle service. Both make the 1-hour trip daily, and both also offer scenic tours; reservations are essential.
The Akaroa Information Centre is in the old post office building, 80 Rue Lavaud (tel./fax 03/304-8600; www.akaroa.com).