akaroa new zealand
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akaroa new zealand

Well, I must say, when choosing your first city to visit while in New Zealand, you really cannot go wrong. Every city is stunning, perfectly charming and feels like a home away from home.

With that said, let me introduce you to the beautiful Akaroa, our first stop on our on New Zealand adventure. About one and a half’s hour drive from Christchurch, Akaroa is just oozing charm from every corner. From the fudge shops, to delicious brasseries, you can start your morning off in Akaroa in total gluttony and then work off those calories on an intense hike through the outer bays.

akaroa new zealand

There are many options of places to dine in Akaroa, but we chose to eat at the Brasserie Kitchen to take advantage of their outdoor seating and the beautiful, warm weather. The food was absolutely delicious and sitting in the warm sun, with peaceful music playing in the background, surrounded by flowers in bloom, well, you just cannot beat it.

TRAVEL TIP: Everything in New Zealand is very expensive, so choosing where you will enjoy your meals is crucial. No need to spend money on mediocre and expensive food with no ambiance, right? Also, New Zealanders LOVE their sauces, so if you are like me, and not totally in love with your food being covered in sauces, always ask for them on the side, or else your food will be flooding with extras!

Akaroa Walks

After lunch, we decided to hike up into the surrounding terrain and explore the different view points of Akaroa. After a quick stop at the local information center to grab a map, we chose the 3 hour Children’s Bay Farm walk (#5 in yellow on the map). We chose to do this particular walk because the brochure highlighted that we would see giraffes and rhinos. Confused, we laughed and eagerly awaited our encounters!

akaroa new zealand

akaroa new zealand

akaroa new zealand

akaroa new zealand

akaroa new zealand

Hiking, eating and enjoying the ambiance of Akaroa was a perfect way to start off our time in New Zealand. After an evening spent in Christchurch, which was officially our first stop on our journey, it was nice to arrive in a city with people. Unfortunately, after the 2011 earthquake that decimated much of Christchurch, the aftermath has left the city a ghost town with an eery and empty vibe. I look forward to visiting Christchurch again in five or so years once the city has had more time to recover. With that said, the amount of earthquakes in the news as of late has really shaken my heart and seeing Christchurch’s struggles with rebuilding reminds me of all those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. If you are interested in donating to the relief fund, this site, a compilation of different funds in which you can donate to, was recommended to me by a good friend who spent time in Nepal.

-Chelsea

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LocationLOCATION: South Island, New Zealand


    • Thank you Annie! I am sure you will find fantastic things to do in NZ when you come but if you need any tips, I have got plenty after spending three weeks here! Also LOVED your post on the Kensington English Garden Resort! Amazing!

    • Yes! You have to visit! Visiting during NZ’s Autumn, has been fantastic. It is hard to even begin to describe the beauty of the tree colors and the scenery…so I guess you just need to come :)

    • Hi Shireen,

      Yes, Christchurch is still very much in rebuild mode and frankly it feels empty. It was heart breaking to see how much of the city was decimated by the earthquake. Puts natures power all into perspective.

    • Haha I like that you say, “exactly one New Zealand friend,” because at times, New Zealand felt so empty, that it did in fact feel like there was exactly “one New Zealander!” The South Island is beautiful but so spread out. We would go hours before we saw another car.

    • June! You will definitely have to go visit your friends in Auckland! How lucky! Especially because New Zealand is SO expensive, so having friends to stay with makes the visit slightly less tough on the wallet!

  1. Wow! This one’s truly amazing!!! New Zealand is so beautiful <3

    Looking forward to see more of your posts. Do you have an instagram account? Maybe we could follow each other. Let me know by leaving a comment on my blog or sending me a request. I'll follow back :) Thanks!

    IG: @shairangelique

    Have a nice day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

    • Thank you Celine! You will definitely have to go! New Zealand is a beautiful country filled with amazing, kind and honest people! Seriously, I loved going to the tourism kiosks and being given such honest advice from the guides. SO many of the guides would be like, “eh, dont do this tour, it is kind of a rip off,” or “this is the best tour, completely worth every penny!” Anyways, just loved how safe I felt there, so I literally cannot recommend New Zealand any higher.

  2. Wow, New Zealand looks amazing! It’s up there on my bucket list! Great tip about researching where to eat since prices are so high. While living in Denmark (also very expensive) I spend $100 on 2 burgers and 4 light beers at the Hard Rock. probably the most anti-climactic money I’ve ever spent.

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