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    Set in an extinct volcano crater, beautiful Akaroa on Canterbury's Banks Peninsula is the only French colony in New Zealand and the oldest colonial town in the South Island. No visit is complete without a guided Historic Walk - the ideal way to orient yourself to the beautiful, tranquil…
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  • Banks Peninsula Canterbury New Zealand, Akaroa Canterbury New Zealand

    …Cook sighted Akaroa Harbour in 1770s. Akaroa is the site of the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Their influence is still evident in this vibrant tourist town—look for French street names, quaint historical buildings and inspired cuisine. Activities in Akaroa and the…

  • Akaroa New Zealand Regional Information

    …Information Akaroa Regional Information Akaroa | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History Akaroa is a lovely seaside town nestled on the Banks Peninsula, about 84 kilometres from Christchurch City. View Akaroa scenic video. Hassle Free NZ DVDs NZ Motorhomes NZ Holiday…

  • Mangonui Regional Information New Zealand

    …in New Zealand. Having experienced its heyday in the second half of the 1800s, Mangonui is now a visibly old town rich with heritage buildings. The bay was visited by both French and British explorers. The Frenchman's name was Jean Francois Marie de Surville and the Englishman was the famous…

  • Akaroa History New Zealand

    …people. French Settlement In 1838 Captain Jean Francois L'Anglois made a provisional purchase of land in "the greater Banks Peninsula" from the Maori. By the time the French settlers arrived in 1840, they discovered that the British had already claimed the land. The French still…

  • New Zealand Scenery, New Zealand's Scenic Views

    …every day, just by walking the main street. Banks Peninusla - Canterbury Banks Peninsula and Akaroa, early attempted French settlement site. Charming seaside tourist town with French influences. Canterbury Plains - Canterbury Hobbits Frodo and Sam had to walk through the vastness that was Erewhon in…

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