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Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand

Our last 3 nights of our South Island holiday last April we spent at Akaroa, about 85 kilometres from Christchurch.

Akaroa is a charming historic seaside village with strong French and British influences from early settlers, and it sits at the edge of a beautiful harbour inside the eroded crater of a huge extinct volcano.

Originally a French settlement, the town is elegant and full of character. The streets have French names and local restaurants focus on French cuisine.

The French settlers who arrived to establish the town in 1840 thought they were the first colonists of a new French territory, however the Treaty of Waitangi was signed just days before they arrived, which gave Britain sovereignty over the whole of New Zealand.

Approximately the permanent population is around 1000, and they live in about 25% of the houses Ė the rest are rented over the summer.

This is the wharf where most of the boats leave to take the tourists out into the harbour and outside the heads. We had a very enjoyable trip out on a boat, and we saw dolphins, penguins and fur seals, as well as many sea birds too.

The clouds covered many of the hills on that last day we were staying there, but we never got any rain.

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  • Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 68 N: 1359] (4403)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-04-16
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/4.7, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-08-26 13:03
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