Local Connections: Akaroa History Safari

AK1-985 | Akaroa, New Zealand | See Special Notes

Min. age (years): 8 | Medical restriction (See special notes)

from $149.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Onuku Marae

You will see:


Excursion Length:
Approx. 3 hours

Tour Overview

What you will visit:

Takapuneke Historic Site
One of several Maori settlements around Akaroa Harbor, Takapuneke is of great cultural importance. It was a center for trade between Ngai Tahu and Pakeha in the early 19th century and achieved historic significance as the scene of the infamous Te Rauparaha massacre that originated the Treaty of Waitangi.
Onuku Marae
Set in the scenic Akaroa Harbor, surrounded by a patchwork of farms and bush-clad hills, Onuku Marae offers a carved Whare Tīpuna (ancestral house), a contemporary wharekai (dining room), an original church and quiet, peaceful grounds. The setting for significant and historic events, Onuku Marae was the location where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
Britomart Monument
This monument, displaying a 15-foot obelisk and a flagpole flying the Union Jack, was erected in 1898 in honor of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. A French descendant offers powerful insights into the dramatic 'Race for Akaroa' between the French and the English to claim the South Island.
Hinewai Reserve and Wildside Conservation Project
Banks Peninsula is noted for its indigenous wildlife and stunning scenery. Hinewai Reserve is its richest bush-clad area, and the land is populated with local farmers dedicated to its conservation and the protection of the unique flora and fauna. Sheep and cattle farms are found here, and visitors are treated to exploration of these beautiful coastal farms as well as an opportunity to be educated on the history of the Hinewai Reserve and Wildside Conservation Project directly from its manager. You will also gain a deeper understanding of sustainable sheep farming in New Zealand, directly from a farmer's daughter.

Pa Nga Toko Ono
On the edge of a dramatic cliff lies one of the oldest visible Maori pa (fortification) sites in New Zealand. It is estimated to be 300 to 400 years old and possibly was occupied by the Ngati-Mamoe tribe.

What you will see along the way:

There is much to see on this jam-packed tour, so settle in to enjoy the diverse and breathtaking scenery of the beaches, coastal farms, mountains and wildlife of the Banks Peninsula volcanic region. Travel scenic Beach Road and glimpse the Akaroa Lighthouse. A picturesque church and Maori settlement plus several important settlers' buildings, including your guide's family home, add historic context to the day.

Photo Stop:

Heritage Park
From a hilltop vantage point, photograph the panoramic vistas overlooking Akaroa Harbor.
Otanerito Lookout
Snap a photo of the windswept native bush and expansive views over the Otanerito valley.

At Heritage Park, take in the views and enjoy a hot tea or coffee and a light snack, which will be provided.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Not suitable for guests with back, hip, knee problems or heart issues. Thirty minutes for emergency help, no serious medical conditions.

Medical Restriction:

Not suitable for guests with back, hip, knee problems or heart issues. Thirty minutes for emergency help, no serious medical conditions.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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