Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island

Paterson Inlet is like a mini fjord. It penetrates Stewart Island providing water access down to some of the walking tracks that cross the island and a great many hunting blocks between the ocean and the inlet

Walnut Garden of Tane Akaroa

Akaroa Walk

Waitangi Day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Onuku Marae in Akaroa was the site of the first signing of the Treaty in the South Island. There is a monument at Stanley Place commemorating the arrival of Captain Stanley who claimed sovereignty for Britain in August 1840. We’d sailed past it, driven with friends to the end of the street in the pouring rain, but had never actually been to the monument.

Matua Garden Bees

Matua Gardens Menagerie

What do ten lambs, several hundred bees and eight hens have in common? This is no trick question. This is a story about the birds and bees that live at Matua Gardens Retreat.



Regatta !!! Nowhere in New Zealand is much more than 100k from the sea, and it, and the vessels that we work and play on are a central part of this country… and so there are also lots of marine and boating events.   This year’s Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta will again be centred…


Akaroa Scenic Drives

Guests tell us that driving through New Zealand is an amazing experience, with stunning vistas opening up at every corner Akaroa Scenic drives The Tourist Drive from the Hilltop takes in the spectacular views into the inner harbour and outer bays from the Summit Rd. Just before dropping down Long Bay Rd into Takamatua, the…


Akaroa Sports Events

Akaroa Sports Events The terrain of Banks Peninsula makes it exciting and challenging for many sports. Every year the runners, swimmers, and cyclists get a chance to prove their fitness and endurance with three much acclaimed races. Various types of watercraft have their chance to show what they are made of too. Takahe to Akaroa…


See Akaroa

Akaroa (Long Harbour) was formed from the erosion of the softer rocks of one of the huge volcanic craters that formed Banks Peninsula. The sea flooded in to the crater which now stands about one third of the height of the original volcanic cone. The remaining steep sides create the dramatic scenery and the relatively sheltered harbour with a multitude of small scenic bays.