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This elegant two-storey property, adorned with English antiques, period furniture, chandeliers and a grand staircase, is located just a short five-minute walk from Akaroa.

A restored building dating back to 1877, Banks House Akaroa is listed as a notable historic building with four unique guestrooms. Named after Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who sailed with Captain James Cook aboard the sailing ship Endeavour, the house boasts period furniture of the era and an attractive garden overlooking the harbour. 

The four rooms - the Banksia, Solander, 1769 and Garden room - are stylishly-appointed reflecting the heritage of the peninsula. The largest of all the rooms, the Banksia, provides incredible views across the hillside to the sea and crater rim. This room gets the first of the morning sun all year round and features a modern en suite bathroom, as well as access to an outdoor deck where guests can relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The Solander room is slightly smaller, but has remarkable views across the crater rim, as well as access to an outdoor decking area from the main hall.  The 1769 room has direct access to the outdoor deck and with fabulous views of Akaroa and the sea beyond, where there is ample opportunity to sit back and relax in awe of the breathtaking sunsets. Last, but certainly not least, is the stunning Garden room, a petite Victorian cottage situated at the end of the pretty English country garden. With a recently renovated en suite bathroom, this delightful, secluded room offers views of the historical Banks House Akaroa, amidst the beautiful garden setting. 

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Nestled in the heart of the South Island’s most prominent volcanic feature, Banks Peninsula, Akaroa is located around 82 kilometres from Christchurch. New Zealand’s only French settlement, Akaroa offers fascinating coastal excursions to see white-flippered (blue) penguin and the rare Hector’s dolphin.

  • Where: South Island
  • Ideal for viewing: Hector’s dolphin, New Zealand fur seal, yellow-eyed penguin, Buller’s albatross, white-flippered penguin