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Akaroa Cooking School

Akaroa is a popular resort village with a strong French influence, located 84 kilometres from Christchurch. The village is set on the edge of a beautiful, sheltered harbour in the Banks Peninsula and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills. 

Akaroa’s population is approximately 580, while in summer the visitor population can reach up to 15,000. The village is home to a high percentage of residents aged over 65. The Banks Peninsula district has a permanent population of 7,800. The most prolific occupational group in Akaroa was Legislators, Administrators and Managers accounting - for over 26 percent of the occupation total.

The Canterbury region is well known for its warm summers and temperate winters. The Banks Peninsula’s rainfall is higher than that of the Canterbury plains and consequently pockets of native bush, pasture and domestic gardens thrive in the warmer, slightly wetter climate.

Akaroa Area School is a coeducational State school offering primary, intermediate and college classes (Year 1 to Year 13) with a roll of approximately 150 students.

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The Akaroa Cooking School has been named in LONELY PLANET as one of the top 10 places to learn to cook local cuisine in the WORLD!!!


 Akaroa Jet Boat specialises in giving the most adventurous and unforgettable jet boating experience.


'Akaroa's Most Comprehensive Range of Privately Owned Holiday Rental Homes'


Black Cat has been cruising the waters of Banks Peninsula for more than 26 years and is a must see Akaroa activity.


Akaroa's Premier Dining Destination!